According to the Romanian Times story, “Madonna booed over gipsy speech,”
Madonna was booed by fans in Romania after she told them to be nice to gypsies.
The star was in the Romanian capital Bucharest for a concert as part of her Sticky and Sweet tour and spoke to fans during her La Isla Bonita song which was played with a gypsy music rhythm.
She told them: “I’ve never been to Romania before and I am happy to be here.
“But I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad, especially because we believe in acceptance, gypsies, homosexuals, people that are different. Everyone must be treated the same, don’t forget that!”
But instead of the applause she expected fans jeered and booed the statement.
I watched the incident on YouTube and it’s not quite as bad as the article would lead you to believe, but it still makes me wonder exactly who Madonna thinks she is. She says “we believe…” making me wonder who she’s talking about. Is she drawing the crowd in by assuming they believe the same things she believes? Presumptuous. Or is she saying that she’s representing other people? Americans? The West? Still presumptuous. Then she says “don’t forget that” as if she’s talking to children.
Whether he’s right or wrong, I don’t want the chef to come out and preach at me in a restaurant, both because I don’t particularly care what the chef thinks and because he should be cooking, not talking! Where’s my damned dinner? Same with Madonna. Where’s my music? If I want to hear about the Roma, I’ll listen to someone who knows something about them. She claimed to have heard about the discrimination in news reports. I can watch the news for myself, but thanks, Madonna.
If I had been at the show, I too would have made noises indicating my displeasure. Not because of the message, but because of the messenger.