Iconic pop star Madonna offered a tearful tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks at a concert in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday night, telling the vast audience that she did not want the terrorists to win by denying people the opportunity to do “what they love.”
The singer said that she wrestled with the decision whether to cancel the concert as other acts had done out of respect for the victims and their families. About mid-way through the show, Madonna, 57, spoke to the audience, sharing her thoughts about the attacks.
She said, “And it’s been really hard, actually, to get through the show, because in many ways, I feel torn. Like, why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?”
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“However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up, they want to silence us. And we won’t let them. We will never let them,” she added. “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.”
The performer went on to state that what the terrorists are trying to do is rob the people of their liberty. “I was going to cancel my show tonight but I thought to myself: Why should I give that to them? Why should I allow them to stop me? And to stop us from enjoying freedom?” she said, continuing:
All of the places where people were killed were places where people were having fun, where people were enjoying themselves. Eating in restaurants, dancing, singing, watching a soccer match.
These are freedoms that we take for granted, of course, and we must not – but they’re freedoms that we deserve – we work hard, we deserve to have fun. And there is no one in this world that should have the right to stop us from doing what we love…”
Madonna asked the crowd to join her in a moment of silence and bow their heads and pray for those affected by the tragedy. The audience complied and then applauded the singer for her poignant remarks. One fan even offered a tissue to Madonna, so she could wipe the tears from her eyes.
The singer then performed her 1989 hit tune Like a Prayer as a tribute to the Paris victims.
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