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After sparking major backlash for tweeting doctored images of civil rights leaders Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to promote her upcoming album, Rebel Heart — Madonna is now apologizing and claims the images are not ‘an insult or racist.’

On Saturday, Madonna took to Facebook to post an apology for not explaining the images or reasoning behind the images before they were released.

“I’m sorry/I’m not comparing my self to anyone/I’m admiring and acknowledging there Rebel Hearts[sic],” begins Madonna, saying that her actions were not “a crime” or “racist.” I didn’t do it/My fans did/And I just re posted those photos/My fans aren’t racist either/If they put me in the same category as these other people,”

Madonna has also shared similar fan-made “Rebel Heart” images on Twitter and Instagram of Jesus Christ, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Jean Michel-Basquiat, Princess Diana, Frida Kahlo and more. The singer also posted images of herself to imply she shares having a “rebel heart” with all of them.

Here’s the “Rebel Heart” cover:

Here are other “Rebel Heart” images:

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  • call it what you want she has a sick mind she respect nothing nor have any honor.

  • Mary Burrell

    Always going for shock value trying to stay relevant.