Just one day after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as President of the United States of America, millions of people attended the Women's March in Washington, D.C. and its sister cities. Celebrities, veterans, teachers, civilians, everyone who wanted their voice to be heard turned out for what turned out to be one of the biggest protests in history. Madonna even gave a "fiery, expletive-laden" anti-Trump speech at the D.C. march but, unfortunately, says her words were "taken wildly out of context."
Madonna's speech expressed a lot of the hurt and anger one usually feels after a TV personality with no political background gets elected to the highest office in the nation ... with a few extra words about thinking "an awful lot about blowing up the White House."
Okay, maybe that's going a bit too far.
However, Madonna took to her Instagram the next day (1/22/17) to clarify her statement. There are two ways to fight this new political climate, she said, and she wants to make her impact "with love."
"I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt," she said. "However, I know that acting out of anger doesn't solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love."
The singer went on to say that, instead of focusing on a single phrase within her speech, people should listen to the whole thing. News networks captured most of her speech but "cut away after Madonna used several expletives," according to CTV News.
Although MSNBC and other news networks later apologized for cutting off the speech, an act which may have caused further confusion, Madonna is still facing criticism.
According to New York Daily News, Madonna has been banned from HITS 105, a Texas "Texarkana" radio station. When asked to comment on the action, general manager Terry Thomas said Madonna expressed "un-American sentiments" and refusing to pay her royalties "is not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of patriotism."
Madonna quoted renowned poet W.H. Auden in her speech, saying "we must love one another or die." This quote, taken from Auden's poem "September 1, 1939" is appropriate not just on its own but within the larger context of the poem. We are all a part of this political decision whether we voted in its favor or not. It is now our job to work for change and a better tomorrow.