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Madonna under fire after ‘comparing herself to Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela to promote new Rebel Heart album’

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  • Madonna transposed album’s artwork onto image of Martin Luther King
  • This saw the American civil rights activist’s face covered in black rope
  • Also Photoshopped pictures of Nelson Mandela and singer Bob Marley
  • Alongside photo of King, Madonna wrote ‘This #rebelheart had a dream!’
  • Social media users branded the Queen of Pop’s actions ‘disrespectful’
  • In December, singer forced to release six songs following online leak

 

Madonna has been branded ‘disrespectful’ after apparently comparing herself to Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley in a bid to promote her new album.

In a series of Twitter and Instagram posts, the 56-year-old singer compared her ‘#rebelheart’ to those of the civil rights activist, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and reggae musician.

The Queen of Pop did so by transposing her new album’s artwork – which features her face covered in black rope – onto iconic images of the trio, before posting the Photoshopped pictures online.

Alongside the photo of King – who famously delivered his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom – she wrote: ‘This #rebelheart had a dream!’

Controversial: 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

Controversial: 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

Album cover: Madonna's new album, Rebel Heart (pictured), is scheduled for release on March 10 this year

Album cover: Madonna’s new album, Rebel Heart (pictured), is scheduled for release on March 10 this year

Madonna captioned the black-and-white image of Mandela – who served as South African president from 1994 to 1999 and died last year – ‘This #rebelheart fought for freedom!’

And she wrote, ‘This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!’, alongside the picture of Marley.

Within minutes of the images being posted to Twitter and Instagram, users across the world had taken to the social network sites to express their disgust at Madonna’s apparent album promotion.

One Twitter user, named Jaime, told the Like A Virgin star: ‘I know you’re trying to make a statement, @Madonna, but you have enough resources to know this is offensive.’

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!'

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!’

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!’

Singer-songwriter: And she wrote, 'This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!', alongside the picture of Marley

Singer-songwriter: And she wrote, ‘This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!’, alongside the picture of Marley

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