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Madonna Colorado show draws 'at least 20' complaints for gun use

October 19, 2012|By Matt Donnelly
  • Madonna draws criticism on her "MDNA" tour yet again, for her use of prop guns in a recent Colorado show.
Madonna draws criticism on her "MDNA" tour yet again, for her… (Ian Gavan / Getty Images…)

Another stop on Madonna's "MDNA" tour has resulted in headlines, as the singer's use of prop guns in her act reportedly has some Colorado fans upset.

One of Madonna's opening songs, "Gang Bang," features elaborate choreography with a faux revolver, and a local news station claims to have received angry phone calls regarding such imagery — so soon after the "Dark Knight Rises" shooting tragedy in Aurora.

"We received probably at least 20 calls" critical of Madonna's Thursday performance, a reporter from NBC's 9News told the Ministry in an email.

The broadcast segment also alleged walk-outs, though the station said it couldn't clarify if the gun play or Madonna's start time was to blame. (That was another contention made in the report: that the singer came on three hours late)

The "MDNA" tour kicked off in Tel Aviv in May, and the routine has played since: a deconstructed hotel suite with a dancing Madonna moving across the stage on a track as video monitors show images of blood spatter and ballet-like fighting. 

Team Madge finds no correlation to the Aurora tragedy in July.

"I do not see any connection. This is just the media trying to make a story when there isn’t," longtime Madonna rep Liz Rosenberg emailed the Ministry. 

"There are always issues that people want to blame Madonna about." 

Madonna touched on her use of the "weapons" before the Colorado show, saying, "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."

And as far as the lateness goes, while Madonna doesn't count any official opening act, she has two DJs — including "MDNA" album producer Martin Solveig — as warm-ups. They factor into the show length.

What do you think of Madonna's Colorado conflict? Tell us in comments. 


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