In the 30-plus years Madonna has been in the business, she has proven herself as the Queen of Controversy — but this time, she may have gone too far, even for her.
To promote her new album Rebel Heart, Madonna posted a series of artwork on her Instagram account showing portraits of black civil rights icons Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela with black cords tied around their faces in imitation of her record cover.
Here's her reveal of the Rebel Heart album artwork:
Then this happened:
And, predictably, people lost their minds.
@Madonna wtf are you doing...— mamacita. (@CunningDesires) January 2, 2015
@Madonna delete this you old hag— Dean (@buenohitch) January 2, 2015
@Madonna praying for the black son you are raising. Smh— VivaLaRevolution (@HollyGoNightly1) January 2, 2015
.@Madonna stop you're embarrassing yourself— jess (@bIackadder) January 2, 2015
@Madonna could you stop trying to build credibility out of dead people of colour, please?— Ian Rennie (@theangelremiel) January 2, 2015
@Madonna you need to be stopped— DE▼IN (@DevinJaiKrazi) January 2, 2015
@Madonna your supposed to be a legend...Your now acting like a desperate want to be celebrity. Next up is a realty TV show.— Amp Harris (@ampharris) January 2, 2015
Our take? Madonna knows exactly what she's doing and is laughing it up as her assistant tallies up the Google alerts on her stunt. Well played, Madge.
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