Madonna had a strong message to those criticizing the Women’s March on Washington: “F— you.”
Speaking at the event on Saturday, the singer called the march a “revolution of love and a refusal, as women, to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people. Where being uniquely different right now might truly be considered a crime. It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f— up.”
Citing the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, Madonna added, “It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and ‘good’ would win in the end. Well, ‘good’ did not win this election, but ‘good’ will win in the end.”
She continued, “So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning. The beginning of our story. The revolution starts here. The fight for the right to be free, to be who we are, to be equal. Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step know that we are not afraid. That we are not alone. That we will not back down. That there is power in our unity and that no opposing stands a chance in the face of true solidarity. And to our detractors that insist this march will never add up to anything? F— you. F— you!”
Madonna didn’t hide her anger during the speech, saying she was outraged at the current state of America and had imagined destroying the White House.
“Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said. “But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II, ‘We must love one another or die.’ I choose love. Are you with me?”
Watch Madonna’s speech below.
Madonna was one of a number of stars at the Women’s March on Washington, including Michael Moore, America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, and more.