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    Madonna Defends Using Swastika and Guns on Tour in New Manifesto

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    She has a song called "Girl Gone Wild," and lately, many have been referring to Madonna as just that.

    After all, throughout her MDNA tour, the singer has created quite a bit of controversy with such stage stunts as incorporating swastikas into her shows and putting a gun to her head.

    And, lest we forget, Madge has also been making headlines by ending a concert abruptly, giving shout-outs to jailed Russian punk band Pussy Riot, promoting gay rights in St. Petersburg and flashing audiences time and time again.

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    Now, Madonna has released what is being called her manifesto to defend her choices, namely the props and imagery she uses.

    "My show/Is a journey/The journey of a soul from darkness to light/It is part cinematic musical theater/Part spectacle and sometimes intimate Performance art," it begins.

    The rather lengthy letter, obtained by Billboard.com, goes on to address her use of fake guns.

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    "I do not condone violence or the use of guns. Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case I want to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken."

    She later points out that "when you watch a film there are usually good guys and bad guys to help illustrate this point. Sometimes I play both. I enjoy acting out this journey...I know people can relate to it. It's very important to me as an artist that my show not be taken out of context."

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