Madonna Pauses ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour Stop In Stockholm For Touching Speech In Light Of Paris Attacks
Just as Justin Bieber hit the pause button on his Los Angeles show on Friday evening to share a prayer for the victims of Paris, Madonna similarly spent some time during her Rebel Heart Tour stop in Stockholm on Saturday night speaking out on the horrific terrorist attacks that wracked the French city on November 13.
Spending nearly seven minutes on the subject, the tearful pop star offered an impassioned, eloquent, and emotional speech on the events of the night prior, as well as urged for unconditional love, her voice cracking every so often under the heavy weight of its content. Watch the video and/or read the transcript of her speech, below:
"It's disturbed me all day and it's been really hard to get through this show because in many ways I feel torn. Like, why am I up here, dancing up and having fun, when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones? However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up, they want to silence us. And we wont let them! We will never let them. Because there is power in unity and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world, not just in Paris, as much as that does occur, there is more goodness in this world. We are here to prove it. I was going to cancel my show tonight, and then I thought to myself, Why should I give that to them?... All the places that people were killed were where people were having fun, where people were enjoying themselves, eating in restaurants, dancing and singing, watching a soccer match. These are freedoms that we take for granted of course, and we must not, but they are freedoms we deserve. We work hard, we deserve to have fun. And there is no no one in this world that should have the right to stop us from doing what we love. Another important point that I want to make is that yes, there are people who have no respect for human life. And there are people that do atrocious, degrading, and unforgivable things to other human beings. But we will never, ever, ever change change this world that we live in if we do not change ourselves, if we do not change the way we treat one another on a daily basis. To really change the world is not to elect another president, not to kill a hundred more people, the way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis in the simplest ways. We must start treating very human being with dignity and respect and this is the only thing that will change the world. This is the only thing. Only love will change the world, but it's very hard to love unconditionally and its very hard to love that which we do not understand, that which is different than we are. But we have to, Or this will go on and on forever."
After finishing her statement, a truly powerful thing happened when the artist called a "moment of silence for the victims who died last night in Paris and for the families of those victims." For just under a minute, the entire Tele2 arena went dark and silent, tens of thousands of people standing in quiet, somber unison with not even so much as a cell phone going off.
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