Madonna played a show in Romania last night (Aug. 27), where she shared the stage with local Roma performers in an attempt to quell the discrimination against them. But the events took a nasty turn when the singer made her displeasure about the treatment of Roma, or Gypsy, performers known.
“It has been brought to my attention…that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in eastern Europe,” she announced from the stage. “It made me feel very sad. We don’t believe in discrimination … we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone.”
“I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us,” said concertgoer Ionut Dinu. “What business does she have telling us these things?” A brief statement outlining the reasons behind Madonna’s attempt at a magnanimous gesture has been released by her publicist, Lisa Rosenborg:
“Madonna has been touring with a phenomenal troupe of Roma musicians who made her aware of the discrimination toward them in several countries so she felt compelled to make a brief statement. She will not be issuing a further statement.