The Women’s March on Washington on the weekend proved to be an immense success, seeing half a million people turn out to speak up about various subjects, ranging from racial injustice to immigrant rights, climate change to LGBTQI issues.
Celebrities including Cher, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Katy Perry, Chelsea Handler, Maryum Ali and Michael Moore turned up to show their support, some being more vocal than others.
Madonna, who took to the stage to talk about a “revolution of love”, said in her speech, “Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.”
The comment has lead to divided opinion amongst the public, but it certainly has US President Donald Trump’s lackies up in arms.
Former House Speaker and Trump adviser Newt Gingrich condemned the star for her comment, insisting “she ought to be arrested”, while rumours circulate that the Secret Service are considering opening up an investigation on the artist.
Threatening a U.S. president is considered a serious crime and a class E felony; ie: “making any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States.”
Said Gingrich, sarcastically (and rather stupidly): “I love the left. When they say, ‘I dreamed about blowing up the White House,’ they didn’t mean, ‘I dreamed about blowing up the White House’, they actually meant, ‘the yellow purple banana,’ but they didn’t want to say, ‘the yellow purple banana’ ’cause it was too shocking. Give me a break.”
What Gingrich failed to state was that Madonna had added: “But I know acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything, and the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love”. (You can read the full transcript of her speech below).
More recently, Madonna tweeted: “Fuck Donald Trump and fuck the Secret Service”.
For our money, it was Ashley Judd who truly said it like it is in the form of an excellent rap that praised ‘nasty girls’ and pretty much told Trump where to stick it. Lisa Andrews
View Ashley Judd’s very cool and pertinent rap, above.
And read the full transcript of Madonna’s speech here:
“Are you still awake out there?
“Are you sure about that?
“Can you hear me?
“Are you ready to shake up up the world?
“Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger but all marginalized people. Where being uniquely different might be considered a crime. It took us this darkness to wake us the fuck up.
“It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort. That justice would prevail and that good would win in the end. Well, good did not win this election but good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning, the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal. Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step. Know that we are not afraid. That we are not alone, that we will not back down. That there is power in our unity and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.
“And to our detractors that insist that this March will never add up to anything, fuck you. Fuck you. It is the beginning of much needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people. Change that will require many of us to make different choices in our lives, but this is the hallmark of revolution. So my question to you today is are you ready? I said, are you ready? Say yes, we are ready. Say, yes we are ready. One more time: you’re ready.
“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot of blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet, W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II: We must love one another or die.
“I choose love. Are you with me? Say this with me: We choose love. We choose love. We choose love.”