Saturday, January 3, 2015

NEWS: Associated Press

Madonna defends altered Instagram pictures of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela

Madonna’s cover for the album Rebel Heart is a close-up of her face with black string on it. Her posts show King and Mandela with similar string. 

South African anti-apartheid revolutionary: Madonna captioned the black-and-white image of Mandela - who was South African president from 1994 to 1999 and died last year - 'This #rebelheart fought for freedom!'Album cover: Madonna's new album, Rebel Heart (pictured), is scheduled for release on March 10 this yearControversial: Madonna has come under fire after transposing her new album's artwork - featuring her face covered in black rope - onto images of Martin Luther King Jr (pictured), Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley
Madonna said she was not comparing herself to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, but acknowledging that they were rebels.
NEW YORK—Madonna is defending herself against criticism after she posted Instagram photos of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela that were altered to look like her own image on her new album.
Madonna’s cover for the album Rebel Heart is a close-up of her face with black string on it. Her social media posts show the faces of King and Mandela doctored to make it appear as though they have similar string on their faces. Some consider the posts offensive.
In a statement released late Friday night, Madonna said she was not comparing herself to them but acknowledging that they were rebels. She also said the images were fan-generated and defended herself against claims of racism, adding she also posted other famous faces who were not black.