If you were taking bets on which celebrity would be one of the first to make a divisive comment regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s likely that Madonna would have been near the top of your list.
And Madge hasn’t disappointed, incurring the wrath of thousands of instagram followers after posting a video in which she described COVID-19 as ‘The Great Equaliser’.
Broadcasting from a flower filled bathtub, the pop icon said the virus was ‘wonderful’ as it doesn’t discriminate against who it infects, rich or poor.
“That’s the thing about COVID-19, it doesn’t care about how rich you are or how famous you are, how funny you are, how smart you are, where you live, how old you are, what amazing stories you can tell. It’s the great equalizer.”
“What’s terrible about it is what’s great about it,” she added. “What’s terrible about it is it’s made us all equal in many ways and what’s wonderful about it is it’s made us all equal in many ways. Like I used to say at the end of “Human Nature” every night, we’re all in the same boat. If the ship goes down, we’re all going down together.”
Unsurprisingly, people were not too enamoured with these comments, with responses coming thick and fast.
“Bullshit I still got to go to work while you are taking a bubble bath with flowers bath bombs and all kinds of treats 😒.”
“Sorry, my queen, love u so much, but we’re not equal. We can die from the same diseases, but the poor will suffer the most. Do not romanticize nothing of this tragedy.”
“You sure about that? Covid testing…the rich and famous seem to be getting tested without any issues…ahem.”
“If the ship is going down, do you really think we’re going down together while you’re in your bathtub having people working for you to be there? I love you, my queen. But things outside your mansion are very different from what you think. Stay safe and be a little more empathic to the less privileged ones.”
The Queen of Pop is yet to respond to the backlash she has received.