Madonna Called Out by Pulse Nightclub Survivors for Exploitation

MadonnaBrandon Wolf, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting, spoke with TMZ, telling them he had issues with the timing of the release of Madonna’s latest single “God Control,” and the images used in the video.

Wolf told the publication, he had a problem that Madonna did not try to contact the survivors of the Pulse nightclub, victims, or their families to ask how they would feel about depicting the shooting in her video.

Wolf also says even though it is evident the video is about the Pulse shooting, Madonna did not specifically acknowledge it or tribute the 49 people who lost their lives in the 2016 massacre.

The survivor also accuses Madonna of being self-absorbed, using the Pulse shooting as a prop to sell records. He brings up the point that this is not the first time Madonna has done this.

MadonnaImmediately after the shooting, he says the Material Girl tweeted on Twitter after the mass shooting but did not specifically mention it including a picture of her kissing singer Britney Spears.

Wolf also told TMZ that he wonders why Madonna took such a long time to speak about Pulse, as it happened three years ago.

Wolf said he could not watch the scene which depicts the shooting in her video because he does not want to relive it.

Patience Carter, another victim of the Pulse Nightclub, said she was traumatized by the 60-year-old pop star’s video, calling it insensitive.

Carter said that Madonna’s video was “grossly accurate to what happened at Pulse.”

Madonna told People Magazine she wanted her recent video to shock the viewer because it was so difficult to watch.

Carter said she felt differently than Madonna about wanting to shock. She said all the growth survivors could have made regarding the emotional trauma of the event could be halted by viewing the seeing the video.

Adding that if she personally was not as strong as she was and did not grow like she did, after viewing the video she would not have been able to make it through the rest of the day.

Madonna’s video has a warning at the start warning the viewer it is disturbing and shows gun violence.

The video then shows a man shooting in a nightclub with a semi-automatic weapon. It graphically shows the shooting and displays their bodies soaked with blood lying on the floor.

This is not the first time Madonna discusses mass shootings in one of her songs. Recently, Madonna sampled Parkland Shooting victim Emma Gonzalez’s speech for the song she said was about LGBT rights “I Rise.”

Madonna also did not ask Gonzalez if she was comfortable with her using it for her song.

On June 12, 2016, 29-year-old Omar Mateen wounded 53 people and killed 49 others at the LGBT nightclub Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Mateen was shot and killed by police.

Written by Barbara Sobel

Sources:

Daily Mail: Madonna branded ‘really insensitive’ by Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor over her graphic gun violence music video inspired by the massacre
TMZ: Pulse Survivor Calls Out Madonna’s Motive for ‘God Control’ Video
The Mercury News: Pulse nightclub survivors slam Madonna’s graphic new video, calling it ‘insensitive’ and the wrong way to address gun violence

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