Madonna Stirs Anger By Comparing Herself To Civil Rights Icons, Altering Their Pictures
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 2, 2015
Madonna’s Rebel Heart album artwork, which shows the pop queen’s face entangled in black string, has created a slew of memes that have translated the effect to other famous heads, from Marilyn Monroe to Homer Simpson. On Friday (Jan. 2), Madonna went one step further, altering the visages of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley in order to describe the famous civil rights leaders as “rebel hearts” like herself…
In the hours since they were posted to Twitter and Instagram, the images have provoked hundreds of user comments from her 2.6 million Instagram followers and 524,000 Twitter followers, some decrying the pictures as insensitive and others defending Madonna’s artistic license. Representatives for the superstar did not immediately return Billboard’s request for comment on the images.