Yesterday we heard from Madonna herself as she explained/apologized to Australian fans for deciding NOT to tour in Oz on her current MDNA World Tour and today we are hearing from Madonna again. Maddy brings her tour to North America tonight but before she performs her first show in Pennsylvania, PA she wants to explain to fans why there is so much violence in her show. As you are painfully aware, the US has suffered greatly from gun violence this Summer alone and it sounds like Maddy is trying to get ahead of any controversy that might be generated by the violence in her show by offering this explanation ahead of time. Click below to read Madonna’s message, “in her own words”, in full and see what she has to say to fans right before she takes the stage here in North America tonight.
The MDNA Tour – In Madonna’s Own Words
Is a journey.
The journey of a soul from darkness to light
It is part cinematic musical theatre.
Part spectacle and sometimes intimate Performance art.
But above all its a journey
From darkness to light
From anger to love
from chaos to order.
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.
As reports of gun violence flooded the news reports here in the US, Madonna’s tour in Europe caught a little bit of flack for the heavy use of guns and violence in her show. Now that Madonna is bringing that same show here to North America tonight, she will certainly get more attention from US news outlets and will face possible criticism as a result. IMHO, it makes sense that she would want to get ahead of any potential controversy by explaining her decision to feature so much violence in her show BEFORE she actually performs her first show on US soil. By going on the record with her intentions before she performs her first US show, she is able to deflect some of the criticism … or, at least, that is her goal. It remains to be seen what, if any, impact her message with have on critics … but ready or not, Madonna brings her MDNA World Tour home to the US tonight.