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Madonna Dedicates Song in L.A. to Teen Shot by Taliban

Madonna dedicated a song to the Pakistani victim of a Taliban shooting during her performance last night in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Malala Yousafzai, 14, an outspoken advocate of education for women, was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen Tuesday near Karachi.

“This made me cry,” Madonna said. “The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realize how sick that is?”

The crowd cheered as Madonna shouted, “Support education! Support women!” Later, the singer stripped off her costume and turned to reveal the name “Malala” written on her back. “This song is for you, Malala,” Madonna said as she started “Human Nature.”

Madonna has also used her back on the MDNA tour to display messages of support for President Obama (which backfired when she tried to joke that he was “a Black Muslim”) and jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Although one member of the punk collective was released on appeal yesterday, Madonna noted that two more remain imprisoned in Moscow.

“One thing I’ve realized during my travels is how lucky we Americans are,” she told the L.A. audience. “We are for sure an imperfect country with an imperfect government. But I tell you – the shit I have seen in the Ukraine and in Russia . . . May I remind you that two members of Pussy Riot are still in jail. In St. Petersburg, 75 men were arrested for being gay.”

The singer’s support for gay rights at a concert in St. Petersburg this summer resulted in a lawsuit demanding $10.5 million in compensation for “moral damage.”

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  • day4night

    Madonna, please stop exploiting this poor little girl for your own insatiable need for attention. Writing “Malala” on your skin while doing your little strip tease act equals exploitation.

    After all, Malala was only a pawn for US world policies. The US provided her w/computer, internet etc. They should’ve also protected her life.

    • k

      feel sad for that girl and understand Madonna’s sadness about it too. After all
      she is a mother and no mother would approve of that, unless they are themselves

      I agree with you that the governments that are now crying loud could have done
      more to protect her and other children in the same circumstances.

      • Kira Rose

        Thank you

  • K

    happened to that girl is really sad.

    And it is true, despite its imperfections America is a good place with many good people.

    But let’s not forget, that America
    supported Taliban’s and al-Qaida for years. Let’s not forget it support
    political violence and regime changes in many relatively stable places by
    arming rebels whom are worse than the governments that are in place now. American
    foreign policies have never been consistent and play in the hand of those horrible
    terrorists as well as those companies who produce the weapons.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to spread love,
    respect, food, shelter, roads, hospitals, schools, pens and paper instead of
    weapons, war missionaries and warmongers.

  • AC

    They failed to comment the bitter comment she made during “Holiday” at a certain section of the audience who were not clapping and singing along “Are you the rich people section? The kind that don’t wanna work hard for their money?”

    Uhm, homie… you just spent 10 minutes ranting about gender and social injustice and the unfair shooting of a teenager. You were expecting people to quickly jump on their feet and dance?

    And who the hell are you to assume people in good seats are rich? Don’t you know that there are hundreds of fans who have set aside their hard-earned money to buy your expensive ticket?

    That comment was unfair, uncalled for, self-righteous and I wasn’t even sitting on that section, I was across of it.

    Great show. No doubt about it. But she certainly should respect her audience a little bit more and practice what she preaches.