January 3, 2015 7:00 am -

Madonna was promoting her album “Rebel Heart”. It’s bad enough that she compared herself to civil right icons and altered their pictures, doing it to plug an album makes it even more improper.

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.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

4 responses to Madonna Stirs Anger By Comparing Herself To Civil Rights Icons, Altering Their Pictures

  1. Carla Akins January 3rd, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Being outrageous is her whole schtick.

  2. mea_mark January 3rd, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Somebody is on an EGO TRIP.

  3. eyelashviper January 3rd, 2015 at 10:04 am

    When toddling around with a walker, at an advanced age, Madonna will still be trying to flash some boob or moon someone for the attention.

  4. crc3 January 3rd, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Never liked her and never will…