Madonna has apologized after posting user-generated images of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Bob Marley on her Instagram account.
The singer was accused of racism by Internet trolls after re-posting fan art of famous people’s faces, including John Lennon, tied up in rope made to look like the cover of her album Rebel Heart.
Here’s how Madonna explained the concept on her Instagram page:
“I would like to thank all my fans for recreating my album cover with the ❤️ Rebel Heart ribbon on the faces of so many Great Hero’s.
It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters! When I repost these images i am saying YES! These people are all Rebel Hearts in one way or another from Martin Luther King to Jesus to Nelson Mandela to John Lennon. YES! Lets celebrate them! The world needs more people like them.”
On Friday, the singer took to Facebook to defend herself and apologize:
“I’m sorry / I’m not comparing my self to anyone / I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts / This is niether a crime or an insult or racist!”