Madonna's Tearful Speech and Moment of Silence for Paris
Saying her whole Rebel Heart tour is about "celebrating life, and standing up for your rights, fighting for what you believe in," an emotional Madonna told a sold-out audience in Stockholm, Sweden, last night that she felt compelled to acknowledge the "tragic killings, assassinations, and the senseless ending of precious life that occurred... in Paris."
The performer admitted she was "torn" about dancing and having fun onstage while others were still crying over lost loved ones, but defiantly said she didn't want to let terrorists shut people up and silence people. "There is power in unity, and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around his world... there is more goodness in this world."
She wrapped up her nearly seven-minute speech by asserting, "The way we change the world is not to elect another president, not to kill a hundred more people — the way we change the world is that we change the way we treat one another on a daily basis in the simplest ways, okay? We must start treating every human being with dignity and respect."
After the speech, Madonna called for a moment of silence before launching into her signature hit "Like a Prayer."