Live from NYC Madonna and coochie Riot shared the stage and spoke with
passion about human rights issues at the Amnesty International Bringing
Human Rights Home concert in Brooklyn last night.
Madonna told the crowd of thousands that she received death threats
for standing up for coochie Riot, the Russian protest punk band, when two
of its members were arrested for hooliganism after staging a protest in a
Russian church in 2012.
"The right to be free, to speak our minds, to have an opinion, to
love who we want to love, to be who we are - do we have to fight for
that?" she said, answering her own question with an expletive.
"I’ve always considered myself a freedom fighter since the
early ’80s when I realized I had a voice and I could sing more than
songs about being a material girl or feeling like a virgin. And I have
definitely paid for and have been punished for speaking my mind and for
sticking my neck out for this kind of discrimination. But that’s OK."
Madonna introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were released from prison in December and made their first public appearance in the U.S. on Tuesday.
This is totally reminiscent of Madonna’s 2009 VMA eulogy for
Michael Jackson Madonna:
"Michael Jackson was born in August, 1958. so was I. Michael Jackson grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest. So did I. Michael Jackson had eight brothers and sisters. So do I. When Michael Jackson was 6 he became a superstar and was perhaps the world’s most beloved child. When I was 6 my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the stick.
I never had a mother, but he never had a childhood. And when you never get to have something, you become obsessed by it. I spent my childhood searching for my mother figures; sometimes I was successful. But how do you recreate your childhood when you are under the magnifying glass of the world for your entire life?”