Madonna faces criticism for waving gun at Denver concert

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DENVER -- Classless, tasteless, and offensive are just a few of the words concert-goers used to describe the Madonna show Thursday night in Denver. People even booed the superstar when she took the stage more than two hours late. Some say the late start should be expected and wasn't an issue, but it wasn't just the wait that had people talking.

As part of her show, Madonna uses prop guns and points them at the audience as blood splatters across a screen. The visual didn't sit well with many in Denver with the Aurora theater shooting fresh in many minds.

Mile High Sports Radio Denver personality Peter Burns was there and says the show certainly made an impact on the crowd.

He says, "It was pretty gruesome and pretty bloody from any show's standards. It was an uncomfortable feeling for everybody in the crowd. You heard some gasps and people say theater, Aurora, shooting, stuff like that. So there was a little mumbling. There were a couple people I saw get up and get out of their seats." But he also says shock is to be expected from Madonna.

Though Burns lost a close friend in the Aurora shooting, he says he wasn't upset with Madonna's actions because the imagery wasn't aimed at Denver or done because of the shooting.

Burns says, "It's kind of like going to a haunted house, buying a ticket and then complaining that you got scared. But more importantly it shows it's going to be a while before the community is completely healed from all the tragedy that's happened lately."

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Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg sent us the show manifesto in response to our request for comment.

Madonna's MDNA Show Manifesto:

My show

Is a journey.

The journey of a soul from darkness to light

It is part   cinematic musical  theatre.

Part spectacle and sometimes  intimate  Performance art.

But above all  it’s a journey

From darkness to light

From anger to love

From chaos to order.

It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors.

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.   In my case

its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church,  the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases  the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.

Ultimately as we  follow through the journey of my story,  the audience can  see quite clearly  what I see - That the enemy is within and the only way to survive Disappointment Disapproval Judgment Heartbreak Jealousy Envy And Hatred Is with Love -  not with revenge -  not with guns and not with violence.

In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world, We cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.

We  come to understand that

There is an innate and pure love inside us all and we have to find a way to tap into it.

And we can't do it by being victims or placing the blame or pointing the finger at  others.

But by recognizing that the enemy is within And when we come to terms with it And accept it And struggle to change ourselves, Then we can change the world without hurting anyone and  we can inspire others to do the same.

When you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point, Sometimes I play both.

I enjoy acting out this journey.

For none of us are perfect and we all have our own journey of growth to go on.

I know people can relate to it.

It's very important to me as an artist  that my show not be taken out of context.

It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end. I am sure if it is viewed this way,  the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, Invigorated and will want to make the world a better place.

And this of course was always my intention.


Rosenberg also told the media the set piece could not be altered because it was too integral to the show. "It's like taking out the third act of Hamlet," Rosenberg said. "Madonna does not make things pretty and tie them up with a bow."

Viewer Michelle Staley says, “I had so many people ask me how the concert was last night because they knew how excited I was and all I could say was ‘It Was Awful’! I think it is downright rude that she made us all wait so long to go on stage! Being a little behind schedule is one thing but what she did was ridiculous! There were very many people booing and not happy at all. Once she did get on the stage, well let's just say I won't spend the hard earned cash I make to purchase another ticket to one of her shows!”

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