- The Washington Times - Monday, January 23, 2017

Singer Madonna told fans over the weekend that recent comments about “blowing up the White House” were taken out of context because she really wants to start “a revolution of love.”

The Women’s March on Washington on Saturday sparked a wave of backlash after the Grammy-winning singer told the crowd that she was “angry” and had thoughts about “blowing up the White House.”

She now says her language was merely meant to be taken as a metaphor.

“I want to clarify some very important things,” the singer said Sunday on Instagram. “I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with, ‘I want to start a revolution of love.’ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. 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.

“I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything,” the singer added. “And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting ‘we choose love.’”

Madonna’s original comments drew a rebuke Sunday from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who said such comments are “destructive.”

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