In a recent letter published in Billboard, the Material Girl defended the use of fake guns in her ‘MDNA’ tour, saying that the weapons are used to depict a “journey of a soul from darkness to light.”
If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking, “Madonna is still touring? What the hell? Didn’t her career end after she published that sex book?”
You also may be thinking, “Who the hell cares what Madonna thinks about guns?”
Both are valid questions, but putting those aside, apparently she offended some folks (wow, that’s a shocker) for pretending to shoot her backup dancers while performing on stage. I guess it was part of some skit.
In any event, the criticism prompted the 54-year-old singer to say the following:
“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 it is 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.”
Does any of that make any sense?
I’m not sure. It’s unclear, at least to me, whether she is opposed to the use of guns in any context (e.g. hunting, recreational shooting, etc.) or if her comments refer to the use of guns to perpetrate violence.
Unfortunately, the rest of the letter doesn’t offer much clarification on this matter. But she does talk about the “enemy within.”
“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.”
Yes, obviously we should all continue to better ourselves. But self-improvement as a means of thwarting violent criminals is, at best, a seriously flawed strategy – particularly if one lives in the real world.
On that note, I’m curious to know if Madonna tells her security detail to forgo carrying firearms when they are guarding her on tour. Something tells me that she takes a more practical stance on “the use of guns” when her safety, and that of her family, is potentially at risk.
Anyway, she also said that if we are to understand the messages and metaphors in MDNA, we should watch the entire two-plus hour show.
“It’s very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context,” she said.
“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.”
I don’t know about you, but I’ll politely decline the invitation and instead take a trip to the gun range. After all, learning how to shoot and how to defend oneself actually makes the world a better place.