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Parkland survivor slams Madonna’s gun control video as ‘f*cked up’

Parkland survivor slams Madonna’s gun control video as ‘f*cked up’

Emma Gonzalez during her March For Our Lives speech

Emma González, a bisexual gun control activist, is not a fan of Madonna’s new music video. She tweeted about the video on Saturday (29 June), describing it as ‘fucked up’.

God Control is Madonna’s newest music video. Clocking in over 8-minutes, it’s a disturbing plea to end gun violence. It’s drawn both praise and criticism for depicting an explicit shooting at a nightclub.

González specifically criticized the video for its thinly-veiled reference to the Pulse shooting, as it was released soon after the anniversary.

She also wrote Madonna should have ‘sent out a message warning what her new video contained’.

Many people pointed out there is a warning at the start of the video reading: ‘The story you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence.’

‘NOT the way,’ says González

González’s thread criticizing the video continued, as she said it was not the correct way to discuss gun violence, ‘unlike how many fans have been exclaiming’.

She also said ‘people who have been working in the GVP [gun violence prevention] community know how to talk about gun violence, not most celebrities’.

González finished her thread by suggesting other actions.

She suggested people ‘donate to the places who need it’, such as the One Pulse Foundation, and ‘listen to the actual stories from actual survivors of gun violence’.

She finally requested people use trigger warnings when sharing the video or images from it.

González, 19, got into activism after surviving the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February. Seventeen people died, making it the deadliest high school shooting in US history.

Since that tragic event, Parkland survivors have taken to speaking out about gun control across the country — from the Tonys to Twitter.

Madonna defends her video

Mass shootings have persisted since Parkland. At least 22 known shootings have occurred since February 2018, three of which resulted in the deaths of at least 10 people.

This is what pushed Madonna to write this song and make such an explicit video.

While speaking to CNN, Madonna defended the video by saying ‘this is reality’.

‘Understand that this is what happens. Guns kill,’ she said. ‘A bullet rips through your body, knocks you to the floor and takes your life, and you bleed to death.

‘It’s really scary to me that any public gathering, any place of worship, any school is a target. Nobody’s safe.’

She added the fact that shootings ‘disproportionately affect children and the disenfranchised’ is what inspires her to use her ‘art and platform to advocate for change’.

González, however, is not the only shooting survivor to criticize the video.

Patience Carter, a survivor of Pulse, told TMZ the video was ‘traumatic’ and the disclaimer at the start was not enough.

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