Showing respect to the victims of the tragedy wasn’t the only reason Madonna might have wanted to consider changing her routine.
Before the early Friday theatre shooting, which killed 12 people and wounded 58 others, police had already told Madonna to leave the fake pistols and AK47 assault rifle out of her show in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to Scotland’s Daily Record.
On Saturday the pop star ignored the brandishing ban and performed with the controversial props. The Daily Record notes that Madonna joked that the show might be “cut off” because of Scotland’s gun laws that were put in place following the 1996 school massacre in Dunblane, Scotland.
As you might have guessed, Mothers Against Guns didn’t think too highly of Madonna’s antics.
“Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse,” a spokesman for the group said. “She should know better.”
Scottish Labour’s Graeme Pearson MSP, a member of Holyrood’s Justice Committee, also sent in a statement, according to the Daily Record.
“It’s crass and insensitive and with Scotland’s own gun tragedy at Dunblane she should have known better.”
As of press time, Madonna hasn’t apologized for her choice of props.
A member of her staff gave the following statement to the Huffington Post:
“Madonna would rather cancel her show than censor her art. Her entire career, she has fought against people telling her what she can and cannot do. She’s not about to start listening to them now.”
The Daily Record reports that the singer won’t face any action for brandishing the fake firearms.
Madge’s next tour stop is Tuesday, July 24 in Dublin, Ireland, at the Aviva Stadium. After the European leg wraps up in late August, the world tour continues to North America, followed by gigs in South America.