Madonna has been accused of 'glorifying domestic violence', exploiting her workers and for cultural appropriation following a recent Instagram post with photographer Steven Klein.
The pop star, 63, came under fire from fans for posing with a knife to her throat, adorning braided hair again and for writing that her staff worked long hours for free on her last project.
The Like A Virgin singer took to Instagram to post five images, with the first showing Madonna with braided hair, high cheekbones and holding her V Magazine copy in between candlelights.
The second image showed photographer of the V magazine shoot, Steven Klein, looking to the camera as he held a long knife to Madonna's chin whilst she closed her eyes and held the magazine cover, which showed her posing nude from the back.
V Magazine's cover has also come under fire for its portrayal of Madonna recreating Marilyn Monroe's death.
The third image on Madonna's post showed Steven licking a photographed image of the singer from the magazine as Madonna watches on in the background.
The last two images showed the pair posing and Madonna in a black and white image.
She wrote: "Proud of my collaboration with @stevenkleinstudio For @vmagazine and knowing that against all odds And with very little support from non artistic people who kept pushing back and the fact that we did it with almost zero budget we were still able to make ART! Art is not dead if you have the strength to fight for what you believe in !
"Thanks to all who did support us and slept on couches and worked long hours and for free all to support Madame X who is not only here to disturb the peace but to keep Art alive I send you all a BIG kiss!"
Fans were dismayed at the pop icon's confession that staff had worked for free on her project despite her multimillionaire status.
One fan wrote: "Oh god if you as Madonna have almost zero budget, I don't know what hope there is for unsigned artists like us lol."
Another commented: "The definition of exploitations = People working for you for free in the name of 'art'."
Others added: "Why are people working for free and sleeping on couches when they are working for a multi millionaire? That isn't how someone who had made it supports art!!"
Other fans pointed to the knife posing image as problematic in 'glorifying' violence towards women in the name of art.
One follower wrote: "Madonna PLEASE do not pose with a person holding a knife to your throat – this is NOT a photo op – this is really bad!"
Another fan added: "So a knife in a woman's neck is art? The patriarchal system is very happy with you… Switch on your brain. All the women suffering abuse and being murdered, and what you post is a knife to your throat. Disgusting message…"
Another comment drew on the alleged appropriation of Madonna's hairstyle: "this hairstyle is giving microaggression."
The four different covers of the magazine that Madonna posed with include inside photos in the publication's new issue #133, created by Madonna herself and Steven Klein as an homage to Marilyn Monroe's last photoshoot, Bert Stern's The Last Sitting (1962).
Madonna is seen posing in similar positions to Marilyn, who was photographed for the shoot six weeks before she died almost 60 years ago.
Some critics on social media have since accused Madonna for glamorising suicide with her homage of the photos.
In her interview for the V Magazine spread with Jeremy O Harris, the starlet seemed to address the controversy surrounding the images: "The censoring that's going on in the world right now, that's pretty frightening. No one's allowed to speak their mind right now. No one's allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled.
"In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason. The thing is the quieter you get, the more fearful you get, the more dangerous anything is. We're giving it power by shutting the f**k up completely."
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