It’s one thing to come off as a major jerk on accident. But when you wave guns around on stage two days after a major gun crime that killed 12 and injured 58 people… I mean, come on!
Madonna was warned not to use the guns during her first stop in Scotland. When she did it anyway, she faced some initial heat, but police will reportedly not take any further action.
The incident took place on her stop in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
Following suit with all of her former shows, Madonna took the stage with a series of faux weapons. The fake guns included an AK47 assault rifle and a few pistols.
The performance follows a tragic turn of events last week at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater when a shooter opened fire on a crowd of moviegoers during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. James Holmes, an Aurora resident, is currently in custody as the only suspect.
Despite the police shrugging their shoulders at Madonna’s act, critics are not so quick to forgive.
"Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse. She should know better,” a spokesperson for Mothers Against Guns reportedly told the Daily Mail.
The news comes after the 50-year-old flashed her nipple earlier on the tour. According to the Huffington Post, keeping the gun display on was a matter of Madonna’s principles rather than an effort to be insensitive.
"Madonna would rather cancel her show than censor her art," a member of her tour staff told the source. "Her entire career, she has fought against people telling her what she can and cannot do. She’s not about to start listening to them now."