WASHINGTON — Madonna’s speech at the Women’s March on Washington Saturday prompted a flurry of reactions, both at the event and over the Internet.
The 58-year-old songstress took to the stage, declaring, “I am outraged. … I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
She continued: “But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.”
Donning a hat with cat ears in reference to one of President Donald Trump’s infamous comments caught on a 2005 tape, Madonna gave a speech and performed her 1989 hit “Express Yourself” and 1995 release “Human Nature.”
Her speech, peppered with F-bombs, was cut from several news channels’ live coverage, including CNN and MSNBC, although an expletive or two made it on air.
Addressing a crowd of about 500,000 march participants, Madonna said, “Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step know we are not afraid and we are not alone. We will not back down. There is power in our unity and no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.”
Internet users showed a range of response to Madonna’s performance.
— Atomized Labs (@Atomized_Labs) January 22, 2017
Sorry but if I tweeted that I had thought about harming him, I’d be in an American jail right now. Madonna should be also. — Steve (@Mirrors90) January 21, 2017
After all the hateful & rotten things that have come out of Trump’s mouth, they’re offended by Madonna’s F-bomb? Whaat? GTFO!
— McKenzie (@SilverCricket9) January 21, 2017
Watch a segment from Madonna’s speech below.