Madonna has appeared to respond to rabid Lady Gaga fans who claim she is not a real gay rights activist.
The petition, started on Change.org, reads: ‘Madonna and Mariah Carey, who are straight, have been exploiting the gay community for years (especially Madonna). Neither have done anything concrete for our community like Lady Gaga has.
‘Mariah Carey recently received a GLAAD award for no reason whatsoever, while Lady Gaga has set up her Born This Way Foundation, which aims to help millions of LGBT youth.
‘Madonna and Mariah Carey must donate a portion of their money earned (at least 10%) to the Born This Way Foundation.’
Some of the comments are even worse:
Yes, they are referring to the same Madonna who was one of the earliest and most outspoken allies to the LGBTI community. Madonna, who said it was a gay man – her ballet teacher – who inspired her and has repeatedly said she wouldn’t have a career if it wasn’t for the LGBTI community? The same Madonna who spoke out when her friends were dying of AIDS?
And while she hasn’t responded to the petition directly, it does seem like good timing that Madonna posted a couple of posts to her Instagram.
One was a reference to Russia who accused her of ‘gay propaganda‘ while performing there during her Sticky and Sweet tour in 2012.
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She also referenced the tragic story of Kerry Max Cook, a gay man who served more than 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.
Kerry Max Cook served more than 20 years in death row for a crime he didn’t commit. Convicted because he was “living a homosexual lifestyle”! Next week he will finally get a hearing with a new judge in Texas to hear new evidence of Kerry’s innocence, including DNA evidence. Join me and Steven Klein in his long struggle to prove his innocence and clear his name. #RightThisWrong @kerrymaxcook facebook.com/Chasingjustice ❤️#revolutionoflove
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