Yesha Callahan

Madonna Apologizes for Using Controversial ‘Rebel Heart’ Images of Civil Rights Leaders


After sparking major backlash for tweeting doctored images of civil rights leaders Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to promote her upcoming album, Rebel Heart — Madonna is now apologizing and claims the images are not ‘an insult or racist.’

On Saturday, Madonna took to Facebook to post an apology for not explaining the images or reasoning behind the images before they were released.

“I’m sorry/I’m not comparing my self to anyone/I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts[sic],” begins Madonna, saying that her actions were not “a crime” or “racist.” 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,”

Madonna has also shared similar fan-made “Rebel Heart” images on Twitter and Instagram of Jesus Christ, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Jean Michel-Basquiat, Princess Diana, Frida Kahlo and more. The singer also posted images of herself to imply she shares having a “rebel heart” with all of them.

Here’s the “Rebel Heart” cover:

Here are other “Rebel Heart” images:

  1. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    Madonna had her first hit thirty-two years ago. She knows how to work the press: she does something that she knows will get a reaction (publicity,) then she apologizes.

    She should be ignored entirely.

  2. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    I accept her explanation but I don’t understand how having latex strings around your face equals rebel heart. Boring and I happen to like Madonna. Boring.

  3. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    Madonna really needs to take several seats…. She is struggling to remain relevant.

  4. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    That rebel heart will never retire

  5. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    She always dealt with controversial matters. Her recent actions are no different than her other controversial actions, but of course people will express dissent when famous black leaders are placed in that fashion. Art can be provocative. Me personally, people have the right to agree or disagree to what she has done. I’m not feeling those artistic displays. Also, another point is to be made too. This is not the most important issue confronting our people. We face a lot of real issues in the world.

  6. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    call it what you want she has a sick mind she respect nothing nor have any honor.

  7. January 7, 2015 - Reply

    Always going for shock value trying to stay relevant.

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