The singer has been using the images her entire tour, but apparently she didn’t think about how insensitive they might be in a city that suffered 12 shooting deaths just three months ago.
Thursday night in Denver, Madonna apparently did not practice what she preaches, no matter how fake it was. The singer reportedly showed a “gun scene” at her show at the Pepsi Center — when guns are still very much on the minds of Denver residents.
“During ‘Gang Bang,’ Madonna and several dancers dressed in black made their way across the stage, mock-shooting each other,” said E! News. “A giant screen simulated splattering blood and falling bodies.”
Whether or not it was fake and whether or not she had a point, many felt she could have been more sensitive to the town that lost so many of its own just three months ago in a shooting in a movie theater.
“According to KUSA-TV, the station received several calls Friday from concert-goers saying they were offended she used guns and violence as part of her show in light of recent events in the state that included a mass shooting at a theater during a Batman movie on July 20 that left 12 people dead,” said the Associated Press.
However, in true Madonna style, the scene is simply to make a point. Before the tour started, the singer issued a statement saying she does not condone the use of guns.
“She said she is using the guns as symbols of intolerance and ‘the pain I have felt from having my heart broken,'” said the AP.
Madonna has received complaints on the entire tour for use of the imagery, but this time it was more personal for an entire city. Madonna recently said the images are supposed to have the opposite effect: to show that many use guns and violence as a sign of power.
According to E! News, she said she wanted to “find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging.”
The images throughout her tour have also included swastikas.