Madonna angers some fans at her Pepsi Center concert in Denver with guns, opening song about murder
Madonna cancels Saturday show in Dallas
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DENVER - Madonna once again angered some fans in Colorado last night.
"Walked out of @Madonna! Too Satanic for me and opening song in Denver about murder ! Really! Go away @Madonna," Tweeted Hollie Houghtaling during the concert Thursday night.
"Ten minutes into Madonna show, she's already pissed off Catholics and used AK-47's on the crowd, all while wearing mom jeans!!!," Tweeted Fox Sports Radio host Peter Burns.
Madonna performed at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday night, where she simulated shooting and killing her backup singers. She admits there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show.
"My show is a journey. The journey of a soul from darkness to light," Madonna said in a statement on her website. "It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors. Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging."
The concert's props first came into question in July. Just hours after the deadly shooting at the Aurora movie theater, Madonna brought multiple gun props on stage at a concert in Edinburgh, Scotland.
"Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse. She should know better," Mothers Against Guns told the Daily News after the July concert.
A video posted on YouTube shows Madonna and others performing on stage with guns. In the background is a massive screen with large amounts of blood spatter. The video said it was from the Denver concert last night.
Others said her show -- where she is seen walking on a cross -- is doing what it's meant to do -- entertain.
Some Denver fans said they were more upset that she was more than two and a half hours late to the 8 p.m. performance.
Madonna issued a statement Friday evening that said:
It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors.
I do not condone violence or the use of guns. Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.
Ultimately as we follow through the journey of my story, the audience can see quite clearly what I see - That the enemy is within and the only way to survive Disappointment Disapproval Judgment Heartbreak Jealousy Envy And Hatred Is with Love - not with revenge - not with guns and not with violence.
In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world, We cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.
We come to understand that
There is an innate and pure love inside us all and we have to find a way to tap into it.
And we can't do it by being victims or placing the blame or pointing the finger at others.
But by recognizing that the enemy is within And when we come to terms with it And accept it And struggle to change ourselves, Then we can change the world without hurting anyone and we can inspire others to do the same.
When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point, Sometimes I play both.
I enjoy acting out this journey.
For none of us are perfect and we all have our own journey of growth to go on.
I know people can relate to it.
It's very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context.
It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end. I am sure if it is viewed this way, the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, Invigorated and will want to make the world a better place.
And this of course was always my intention. -Madonna
Madonna canceled her Saturday show in Dallas, due to “severe laryngitis." Madonna has been put on “complete vocal rest” for 36 hours.
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