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From 'People': Madonna's hometown mayor responds to her calling it 'basic'

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The mayor of Madonna’s hometown has written an open letter in response to negative remaks the singer made about the town on Howard Stern’s radio show.

After Madonna revealed the details of her 1979 sexual assault on-air to Stern, the host asked her why she didn’t return to her hometown after the rape. She said she never even considered it.

“Well, have you ever been to Rochester Hills, Michigan? I can’t be around basic, provincial-thinking people. I just didn’t want to go back,” Madonna, 56, said before moving on to another topic. 

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett responded with an open letter defending the suburb of Detroit,  flaunting everything from school test scores to producing Olympic gold medalists “and even a top selling global singer/songwriter.” “Admittedly, I don’t know what experiences led you to that opinion, but let me assure you, our community is anything but basic or narrow minded,” Barnett wrote.

The mayor even invited the pop music icon back home to visit. “While we certainly don’t need your stamp of approval, I am quite confident we would earn it.”

Head over to People to read more of what Barnett had to say to the singer.

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