Outraged Madonna Expresses ‘Sickness’ at Taliban Shooting of 14-year-old Activist, Ties it to US Presidential Race (EXCLUSIVE)
The best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century has taken up a new cause.
Madonna used the Los Angeles leg of her MDNA world tour to express outrage over the Taliban's attempt to kill a 14-year-old girl who had spoken out against militants' attempts to ban education for girls in northwestern Pakistan.
The Material Girl used the platform of the Staples Center stage to harness the outrage sweeping across the world about the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai and stressed the importance of people voting in the U.S. Presidential election on Nov. 6.
"It hurt me... and it made me cry," Madonna, 54, told concertgoers at Staples Center on Oct. 10.
"The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her for writing a blog about wanting to go to school. Do you understand the sickness and absurdity of this? Do you recognize how lucky you are?"
The seven-time Grammy award winning musician implored people to register to vote, adding: “Support the people who support education, who support women and who support being gay.”
“We are an imperfect country with an imperfect government,” she added.
“But support the people who support your freedom. You know what I am saying?
“Register to f*cking vote. OK? Take responsibility for your future and your destiny.”
The Pakistanti schoolgirl remains in critical condition, after doctors removed a bullet lodged near her spine.
She was shot Tuesday after gunmen in the Swat Valley city of Mingora stopped the school bus she was riding in and shot her in the head, in retribution for speaking out about girls' education. The Taliban opposes female education.