“I do not promote violence.”

Madonna has defended her speech at Saturday’s (January 21) Women’s March on Washington, during which she said she had thought “an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” Some Trump supporters criticized the star’s comments, including Piers Morgan who tweeted that “publicly threatening to bomb the White House is a serious criminal offence.”

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus also told Fox News: “One of the singers said she wanted to blow up the White House. I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?”

Yesterday, Madonna posted on Instagram “to clarify some very important things” about her controversial speech. “I am not a violent person,” she wrote. “I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.”

“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, before adding: “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.” Read the full post below.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPk8lY7AOTn/

Madonna performed her songs ‘Express Yourself’ and ‘Human Nature’ at the Women’s March on Saturday, which saw an estimated 3 million protesting across the US in opposition to Donald Trump.

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