“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything,” the singer said at the event, before continuing on to drop a few f-bombs ― to the crowd’s delight, if not cable news hosts’.
“Good did not win this election. But good will win in the end,” she continued in her remarks supporting women and marginalized groups.
Later, Madonna took a moment to clarify her statements over social media after garnering attention for the White House bit in particular. (“I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”)
“I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context,” the singer wrote.
My speech began with “I want to start a revolution of love.” I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. 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. 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.
Reports that the Secret Service will be investigating the singer for her comments at the Women’s March that originated from a right-wing fringe blog appear unfounded.