Madonna sort of apologizes for forcing her ‘Rebel Heart’ crap on dead icons


This ^^ is one of the promotional images/album art images from Madonna’s new album. The songs Madge has released so far haven’t been doing too well in downloads, so of course Madonna is doing her tried-and-true promotional shtick: trying to drum up controversy by any means necessary. First, her tracks leaked and she claimed that the leaks were like “rape” and a form of “terrorism” because Madonna understands hyperbole. Then she seemed to be actively picking a fight with Lady Gaga – we know this because she specifically said she was NOT trying to pick a fight. And now she’s stirring the pot by posting an endless stream of images on her Instagram.

So, what’s the controversy if it’s just some stupid IG posts? Well, as you can see in Madonna’s art, the imagery theme of her “Rebel Heart” is that we are all being facially “bound” and something something rebel heart. Who knows? So, obviously, the best way to honor historic rebel hearts is by superimposing those black ribbons/cords onto famous, historical freedom fighters and iconic artists. Like… John Lennon, Bob Marley (“This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!”), Martin Luther King Jr. (“This #rebelheart had a dream!”), Princess Diana (“Yes Princess Diana was. #rebelheart! Anyone who fights for freedom is a #rebelheart“), Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo and more. The face of a statue of Jesus also got the ribbon treatment.

Obviously, people are like “Um, so Madonna is comparing herself to Bob Marley and MLK… all to promote an album?” It is insensitive and crass, to say the least. Madonna was called out for it on many different sites for being dumb, racist, etc. She responded by making a series of posts on her social media. Here are some of the statements (I’m editing out the emoticons because JESUS YOU ARE 56 YEARS OLD, MADGE.)

I would like to thank all my fans for recreating my album cover with the Rebel Heart ribbon on the faces of so many Great Hero’s. It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters! When I repost these images i am saying YES! These people are all Rebel Hearts in one way or another from Martin Luther King to Jesus to Nelson Mandela to John Lennon. YES! Lets celebrate them! The world needs more people like them. I hope to one day accomplish. 1 100th of what these Rebel Hearts have accomplished. As I Said in a previous post “I walk in the footsteps of Giants” and i will continue to do so G*D willing.

“I’m sorry I’m not comparing my self to anyone
I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts
This is niether a crime or an insult or racist!
I also did it with Michael jaclson and frida khalo and marilyn monroe
Am I saying I am them
I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.
I didn’t do it
My fans did
And I just re posted those photos
My fans aren’t racist either
If they put me in the same category as these other people
Thank you. I’m very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished.”

[From Madonna’s Facebook]

God, does she not have anyone proofreading her social media posts? Does she think poorly edited statements make her sound younger? Anyway, you can get mad about this if you want, but that’s just what she wants. She’s so thirsty, it’s actually sort of sad. Madonna actually is a pop culture icon and a brilliant appropriator, so why is she THIS DESPERATE for attention?




Photos courtesy of Madonna’s Instagram.

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  1. Loopy says:

    That ‘ I am sorry..’ is not an apology it is an ‘excuse me…’ (in a bitchy matter of fact tone)

    • Sarah says:

      As in “I am sorry but I loathe hydrangeas.” LOL! She also loathes peasants who question her in any way. I’m sure she an Gwyneth were completely insufferable back in the day.

  2. Darkladi says:

    On behalf of the rest of us, I would like an apology for having “Rebel Heart” crap foisted on us.

    P.S. “Rebel Heart”? What is it, 1983?

  3. Lenn says:

    I can’t get past the fact that she used there instead of their.

  4. shunty says:

    Jesus Christ Madonna. Fucking breathe

  5. Maria says:

    She’s such a twat waffle 😒

    She has two of the world’s strongest civil rights leaders (one who was imprisoned for decades, the other assassinated for simply trying to find a peaceful resolution for inequality) bound in what looks like whips…. given that her ignorant american ass knows about the history of whips and chains… Screw her.

    Just because SHE doesn’t think she’s racist doesn’t mean she isn’t.

    I’ll be glad when she fades into obscurity, thoughtless slag.

  6. scout says:

    She always LOVED attention, this is no different but I wish they all would learn/know to quit when they are still at top or still relevant. I really do!! More dignity in that than just keep doing things like these until we start to hate them.

  7. Eleonor says:

    Madonna should apologize for the poor photoshop.

  8. Kiddo says:

    You fed the troll. Don’t pay attention to ‘there’ antics.

  9. jen says:

    What controversy? This is just embarrassing…

  10. Kiddo says:

    Does this make anyone else have a hankering for shoelace licorice?

  11. lower-case deb says:

    i didn’t do it. my fans did!!!
    because of course you did nothing to encourage it.
    or that the fans forced her hand to reblog/retweet/rewhatever it.

  12. MrsBPitt says:

    Madonna…please retire before you embarrass yourself anymore than you already have! You are a 56 year old woman, with a 13 year old brain…

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Or perhaps it’s time to consult Lourdes about your social media presence (as Artemis says below). She seems to fly under the radar, as far as I know? How mortified must she be?

  13. Artemis says:

    I remember something about her checking Lourdes’ blog entries to check her spelling and grammar. Also probably to know what she’s putting out in the world. Her writing is atrocious, she should be ashamed. She’s very ‘do as I say, not as I do’. Her father wasn’t like that at all, according to her, he never did or asked something from her what he didn’t do himself.

    Secondly, I got the intention but she seriously need to get her head checked if she thinks that photoshopping ropes on black freedom leaders wasn’t going to cause controversy. That shit is not cute no matter what the intent was and no matter who did it.

    She’s an embarrassment on social media and I blame her yes-people. Clearly her team is letting her down or she’s refusing to work with people with a backbone. This also explains the lead and her mediocre music. Considering Nikki Harris said YEARS ago that she surrounds herself with Kaballah people and asskissers, her downfall was anticipated.

    She’ll always be an icon but she’s pooping all over her legacy and she’s proving that her brother’s book is probably a SOFT version of real events because she’s truly a horrible person who will stop at nothing to gain a bit of press for another crappy album.

  14. QQ says:

    If This Old Stretched Gristly Raisin Don’t Get THEE entire F*ck Out of here and IG and Of Dead Notable People’s affairs… For the Love of Pete!!… UGH

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Thank you, QQ. Madonna gets under my skin for some reason – I think because she’s about my age and so desperately trying not to be, as if their’s (see what I did, their?) something shameful about it. So I was feeling anger building up, but then you made it come out as laughter, in your own inimitable way. I needed a little dose of QQ this morning.

      • Kiddo says:

        Plus the Kahlua and Comet Sophie that I threw on you. Don’t forget that.*

        *Will call out a HUGE favor one day, be ready.

      • QQ says:

        THIS GNAT: The Pressedness with which she is trying to be, her daughter’s Peer Group and not like … an adult grown woman… Is So gross

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Yes, Kiddo, I, um, guess I forgot to thank you for that. So…I guess I forgot again.

      • Cindy says:

        Yes. I am 43 and Madonna’s insane, desperate, manic attempt at remaining 20 is insulting to watch. I really want her to stop and go away. I am tired of her facelifts/fillers, 13 year old antics, exploding egotism, (she actually, really, truly, compared herself to Nelson Mandela)….Her fear of aging is palpable. We all have to do it. There is nothing wrong with a facelift or botox to make yourself feel better, but get a soul Madonna. I want to send her the Dr Suess book “Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now”, inserting Madonna’s name for Marvin.

  15. D'Oh! says:

    Is Madonna’s PR team on strike? I hope this puts to rest the nonsense that she is some sort of marketing genius. Left to her own devices, we get the vapid, delusional, and desperate ramblings of an ignorant teenage girl. She should have stuck to taking her clothes off and humping props in videos and on stage to catchy pop songs – it made her a success and was nowhere near as revealing of the person as her juvenile brain droppings. But I guess any attention…

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Great point. Look who’s behind the curtain – an idiot!!

    • Artemis says:

      Yep, she’s making a fool of herself and she can blame nobody but herself.

      People already knew all of this but it happened during times were you couldn’t be vocal about it, now that she entered the world of social media, she’s getting called out for her behaviour over and over again. Something she isn’t used to I’m sure which is why she’s playing the victim in her insensitive OTT rants. Like chill woman.

      Also, by always referring her ‘haters’ and egging them on, she’s showing how much she cares (although she thinks she doesn’t care apparently). She’s lost control, in the past she knew why she did the things she did (or let’s assume she did), now I’m not sure what her gameplan is but she losing and fast.

      • Mintessence (the original Minty) says:

        She was successful in the past because she was helped greatly by good songwriters, deejays, producers, music video directors, glib liars (publicists), and expensive lawyers. She has a history of using people to get what she can, then dumping them. So it seems plausible that she’s alienated enough people in her industry. Left to her own devices, she’s showing what little creative talent she really has, apart from shameless self-promotion.

        Glad she’s finally getting called out for her stunt queen foolishness. She got away with her “rebel” behavior for so long before the internet. Much of the media back then kissed her ass because she was reliable tabloid fodder. Her fabricated controversy made headlines, which helped sell her image and plenty of magazines. It’s funny how that’s no longer working for her.

        I’m not surpised she’s trying to be 25 again. She was never mature to begin with. A mature WOMAN wouldn’t have this constant need for attention. At her age, you’d think she would have mastered by now how to write decent sentences.

        She sold the public different personas (which she hid behind). The self-assured woman was a persona. So was the “lady of the manor” with the faux English accent she affected while married to Guy Ritchie. So was the provocateur against the establishment. In fact, she is part of the establishment, a member of the cushy 1%. She’s run out of tricks and what we’re seeing now is closer to the desperate, materialistic, insecure woman she’s always been. I agree, Artemis, with your earlier post: her brother’s book is probably more accurate than anything else written about her.

        This is coming from someone who was a big Madonna fan when I was a teen – a long time ago.

      • Artemis says:

        It’s funny to me that she used to work with a few specific producer (Mirwais, Price, Bray, Leonard, Orbit) and her albums were great. Now she’s got everybody from the business who’s ‘hot’ and she still makes mediocre albums.

        From reading books about her life (former fan myself), it’s clear that she had a knack for picking up underground trends, simplifying them and selling them to the mainstream crowd. The beats were good and her lyrics were shit but she was talented at some level. But the real raw talent came from a plethora of other people, I agree. Even her poor singing voice was elevated by true singers Dona DeLory and Nikki Harris.

        She’s run out of tricks and what we’re seeing now is closer to the desperate, materialistic, insecure woman she’s always been.

        This. I think this is the ‘real’ Madonna. I should have know really because the signs were always there; she’s a great pretender. You can tell by her spiritual obsession that means nothing if you read some of the things she did, does and will continue to do such as cultural appropriation and in general, being an unpleasant woman. Then again, I always admired her more for her work ethic and her ability to be plain jn every way and still be extremely successful.

  16. clara says:

    There’s a spot-on article on The Guardian website about how Madonna just doesn’t get social media:

    Her instagram activities remind me of her plastic surgery. It’s not that she’s too old for pop music, she’s just so desperate to appear young and with it that she ends up looking silly.

  17. capepopsie says:

    Michael too??!!!!!
    She is SO annoying. . .

  18. Asher says:

    Because she is a Leo.

  19. elo says:

    She should totally just settle down and do a Vegas show.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      That might actually be pretty good. She’d be the Queen of Vegas and that’s SOMETHING!

  20. Lisa says:

    I keep reading Rebel Heart as “relevant,” and I’m thinking, no, you are not.

  21. Tiffany says:

    I just do not understand what has come over her. Madonna is a great pop artist who can still make good pop albums. Ray of Light and Music are good pop albums and image and PR wise she was growing up a bit. It seem after Hard Candy it just went to crap. It was like she was alienated the people that loved her music and grew up with her in favor of the techno, ADD, teens who will forget about her in a month and move on to the next trend. It is just confusing because when it is said and done, she has always been very smart about her marketing.

  22. Jaded says:

    Madonna, the next time you take to IG or tweet your idiotic claim of being a “freedom fighter” and self-comparisons to true rebels who risked their lives, did long prison time, DIED for their worthy cause, learn to spell and use proper grammar.

    “…Great Hero’s” – no apostrophe needed there.
    “I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts” – it’s “their”
    “This is niether a crime or an insult or racist!” – It’s “neither” and “nor”

    Not to mention the non-capitalization of “I” and the random use of capitals and non-sequiturs.

    Take your anger, ego and gazillions of dollars and put them to better use than putting out the musical equivalent of drivel and yelling at people when they don’t listen to it OR your sophomoric and self-indulgent pronouncements on freedom.

    • Artemis says:

      For a perfectionist, she seems incredible lazy in her writing. Or maybe it’s because she can’t boss herself around, it’s more fun when she can belittle others to ‘push themselves’.

  23. frisbeejada says:

    Never, ever been a Madonna fan so I’m quite enjoying watching her go down the crapper – so to speak.

  24. Otaku fairy says:

    On the one hand I do get her sentiment, but still, to compare herself to all of those people in that way was an arrogant thing to do, and it’s insensitive and exploitative of her to use these people to promote herself and her album. It’s so desperate.

  25. LaurieH says:

    Another day, another “apology” from the Enlightened Brigade. Seriously – did she truly not think this would be offensive? There are certain people in history that we should never compare ourselves to or co-op: Jesus is one. MLK and Nelson Mandela are two others.

  26. FLORC says:

    I was actually offended at these shots. Uh.
    Someone should send Madonna a dictionary and some auto correct software. Pack it in a box of hydrangeas (which I adore!)

  27. Jayna says:

    I’m the most offended that she is tying this in as promo for her album, Rebel Heart, you know, the album that has Bitchy, I’m Madonna on it. Tacky.

  28. Reaganlicious says:

    Lessee, MLK, Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and…Princess Diana.

    “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong” and no I am not talking about skin color. Or Madonna, but she doesn’t belong there either.

  29. Reaganlicious says:

    And another thing: every photograph of her past 2000 looks increasingly Photoshopped/CGI’d out the wazoo. Don’t think we haven’t noticed, Madge.

  30. Sister Carrie says:

    I like black licorice . . . that is all.

  31. blondie says:

    Sorry but this time I strongly disagree with you about the success of Rebel Heart. Every single person I know has bought the songs (myself included) and they are surprisingly good!!! They truly are different from what she has released before and many people like them! Despite her posts and personality, Madonna is a great artist!

  32. charline says:

    blondie, Madge is that you?