Today in Madonna History: February 5, 2014

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On February 5 2014, Madonna introduced Pussy Riot at the Amnesty International’s human rights concert.

It was the first Amnesty International concert for the cause in 16 years, and took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

During her introduction, Madonna thanked Pussy Riot “for making pussy a ‘sayable’ word in my household. Now, my 8-year-olds say it all the time.”

More seriously, Madonna spoke of the death threats she received during the Russian portion of her MDNA World Tour, which took place at the same time as Pussy Riot’s trial.

“Eighty-seven of my fans were arrested for gay behavior — whatever that is,” she said.

The Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, spoke in Russian with aggression and passion. A translator related the women’s speech.

“Freedom is not a given,” she translated. “It is something we have to fight for every day. It is our duty to speak for those who are still behind bars.”

One response

  1. It was a great thing Madonna did for Cat Riot!-Meow! Today, many people are jailed and imprisoned today for speaking their minds about the one thing America is supposed to be but too often never is and that is Freedom. Come to think of it, if Madonna’s music career might end but hopefully it won’t!-Madonna will likely be remembered as a human rights activist!-Let’s all keep Living for Love in our Rebel Hearts! Or as the lady said long ago in True Blue’s coda finale Love Makes the World Go Round-“Starting Now Reach Out!” The duty to do so remains with us!

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