Madonna performs at Staples Center as part of her MDNA world tour in Los Angeles, California – Photo by Reuters
Madonna performs at Staples Center as part of her MDNA world tour in Los Angeles, California – Photo by Reuters

After the outpour of grief and anger over the attack on Malala Yousafzai from world leaders and officials, the teenage girl from Swat received support from an unexpected quarter when Madonna dedicated a song to Malala in a concert in Los Angeles.

According to a report on The Hollywood Reporter, the music diva said she cried when she heard about the shooting of the girl in Swat valley. “This song is for you, Malala,” she said and then went on to sing “Human nature.”

“The 14-year-old schoolgirl who wrote a blog about going to school. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her. Do you realise how sick that is,” Madonna asked her fans in LA.

The 54-year-old then shouted “Support education! Support women!” to loud cheers from the crowd.

Madonna even went on to reveal Malala’s name, which was written on her name when she stripped during the concert.

Some of the fans who attended the concert were moved by Madonna’s and took to social media websites to praise the act:

@tecknotot: The dedications tonight got me all choked up. Madonna dedicated couple sets to kids who died #bullying & to #Malala the Pakistani girl #MDNA

@rbasileh: Madonna wrote the name MALALA on her back tonight she was the Pakistani girl killed by the Taliban

@childfreediva: #Madonna talked about #Malala from stage today. I like my artists to be well informed, tyvm. #MDNA

@xavier69: Madonna Writes Malala on her back in LA for girl killed by Taliban!

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Rafiq Ahmed
October 12, 2012 12:06 pm
Madonna is not supporting the drone attacks, she is simply recognizing this child for her bravery and the fact that she was attacked by the cowardly Taliban. Why do you have to mix the two issues and act so negative about someone who is for a change saying something good about a Pakistani child?
October 12, 2012 8:52 am
I am sad for Malala and make Duah for her recover, but come on this is publicity stunt by Madonna. Malala is alive and recovering, Madonna showed pure ignorance towards Malala situations. I don't believe for minutes that she really cares. Taliban and drones have killed many innocent but just using Malala for publicity stunt a pure evil in my book.
October 12, 2012 4:08 pm
Thank you Madonna :)
October 12, 2012 7:14 am
I do.
October 12, 2012 2:10 pm
Accepting the fact that try to kill such a small child specially a girl is a sinful act. But on the other hand yesterday only 16 people were dead in a single drone attack and 11 were dead in a bomb attack in Quetta. We being a nation need to contempt all these sinful acts.
Muhammad Afzal
October 12, 2012 4:02 pm
thanks madonna
October 12, 2012 5:38 am
Madonna often supports noble causes! It is so brave of her to challenge Taliban.
Keen Observer
October 13, 2012 12:11 pm
Madonna's response, a very humanistic one also shows the power of media. has media done a good job in exposing the miseries of human life in Pakistan from these terrorists, atrocities from the powerfuls, than Madonna and may be others also may have shed tears long time ago.
October 11, 2012 9:31 pm
what madonna has to do with USA?
October 12, 2012 6:01 am
She wasnt killed but shot at.
Iqra Syed
October 11, 2012 3:07 pm
I think it's a very encouraging and humbling act from Madonna!
October 13, 2012 7:04 am
really? taking her shirt off wat a noble gesture indeed. they was no better way right? im stunned by the ignorance of my ppl.....
October 13, 2012 7:02 am
Mr Rafiq you need to open ur eyes to reality. y such n uproar wen the attack is from taliban y is everyone quite when hundreds of children like Malala are being killed by drone attacks from American? You are missing the point here.
Muhammad Danish
October 12, 2012 9:59 am
Madonna wont be able to identify Pakistan on the map of the world, but she dedicate a song for Malala? Shows the Power of US backed media.If anyone dosent talk about our drone kids he or she is our enemy fainal.
Raw is War
October 13, 2012 2:48 am
Madonna is sweet.
Aprophet False
October 11, 2012 8:35 pm
Madonna strips and mentions Malala's name in honour, women's rights are improving...!
October 11, 2012 4:57 pm
You are not getting the point . Malala is no longer just a 15 yeras old girl , she symbolizes all muslim women. When you see people praise her , its not just meant for her but all the women around the world including the two you are referring to.
October 11, 2012 2:48 pm
Nice gesture by Madonna.
October 11, 2012 8:13 pm
My heart goes out for the girls who were injured and refused to identify Malala, May God Protect you you get well soon. Come on Pakistan , its now or never.
October 11, 2012 2:49 pm
Hello World! "Two of her school friends were also injured in the attack" Yet not a single phrase of condemnation for them being attacked, as if they were not girl or teen or human or may be didn't wrote live diary !!
October 11, 2012 8:12 pm
she's not dead..!! someone needs to inform them!!
October 11, 2012 4:45 pm
Malala was an activist. Now she is a hero. Shame on all Talibans.
October 11, 2012 7:34 pm
You made me cry.
Israr Khan IsmailZai.
October 11, 2012 6:06 pm
I really wish the world leaders and the world community will pay attention and condemn the DRONE ATTACKS the same way that they condemn this attack. Those attacks have killed hundreds of innocent women and children. Malala attack was a ruthless and coward attack, but lets not have double standards.
October 11, 2012 3:10 pm
How does this help?
October 11, 2012 6:28 pm
How do you know she didn't send a donation? Why so judgmental Bea?
Jahanzeb Tareen
October 11, 2012 8:47 pm
Madonna's act is highly lauded. She has the courage to express herself explicitly. It's time for us to raise voice against the perpetrators - root out this menace.
October 11, 2012 3:20 pm
And what about you my friend?
October 11, 2012 10:46 pm
You actually think that she doesn't donate any money. Look at how many orphans she supports.
Naveed Afzaal
October 12, 2012 7:56 pm
I am sure Madonna doesn't know Malala Yousafzai but her gesture exemplifies that how compartmentalized we are in spreading obscurantism and how humanized she is in expressing humanity.
October 11, 2012 10:34 pm
Malala is NOT dead btw. she is injured and currently in the icu. May God save her life. Ameen.
October 11, 2012 6:08 pm
Will she also dedicate a song to the children who die in US drone attacks!? :P
October 12, 2012 5:28 am
people , i want to coorect you people that malala is still alive and is in critical condition
October 11, 2012 6:17 pm
malala is my sister but there are thousand of malala in tribal area and kpk of pakistan but no one say any things about that why?????????????
October 12, 2012 5:00 am
shouldn't Madonna also be 'slamming' her own country for supporting the Taliban when it suited American foreign policy?
October 12, 2012 4:47 am
i love you madonna
October 11, 2012 4:38 pm
I wish she was so sympathetic towards the children's killed by drones!!!???
October 11, 2012 4:37 pm
certainly this is a wonderful gesture by the music icon to Malala yousaf zai indeed who is now much more popular then even before she was,
October 11, 2012 4:36 pm
It's Ok, but I don't like when half nude, vulgar lady talks about pure Malala. Thanks but no thanks
October 11, 2012 5:24 pm
Attack on Malala is an unfortunate reality! Islam has never stopped girls from getting education. I am sure that these Talibans are really against Islam. I am 100% sure that they cannot be Muslims!
October 11, 2012 4:28 pm
Malala is the name of an icon. She is the name of a struggle, a dream and vision. There were many people who contributed to the creation of Pakistan but not all people are remembered as same like Quad-e-Azam and Allam Iqbal....
Imran Saeed
October 11, 2012 4:25 pm
Madona we love you for this. It is such a super gesture to tell the world that girls in Pakistanw wants equal opportunities and education. They are brave and can take on the bullying of Talibans head on.
October 11, 2012 4:24 pm
God forbid she is not killed. We all pray for her and Inshallah she will defeat death and dead idiology of Talibans.
October 11, 2012 5:37 pm
The reputation of law enforcing forces and that of Pakistan as a state cannot slip lower than this.
Ayesha Waseem
October 11, 2012 4:22 pm
Just a quick fact, Malala is injured, not killed. She remains in critical condition. Please pray for her well being.
Sadia Batool Naqvi
October 11, 2012 4:15 pm
Hats off to u Madona...
October 11, 2012 5:42 pm
Wake up Malala bache (daughter) see people are praying for you all over the world.
October 11, 2012 4:11 pm
No condemnation from Islamic quarters of Pakistan! No Mullahs condemned this attack!
October 11, 2012 4:11 pm
Malala and her school friend who got injured, I prey for them and strongly condemn this barbarian act against school girls. I request to the concern for immediate apprehension of culprits. GOD bless you Malala and those two school girls.
Jawad Shah
October 11, 2012 10:12 pm
Yes it is true that she has the courage to condemn Taliban, Look at our politicians they are only condemning the act, afraid of taking name of TTP.
Eman H Massaud
October 11, 2012 4:06 pm
malala is alive guys
October 11, 2012 4:05 pm
yeah ...appreciated as she revealed the girl's name on her back. what kind of a sensible remembrance is that exactly ? and for the tweeters they don't even know that the girl's still alive. just an act to catch more attraction.
October 11, 2012 3:11 pm
She becomes a symbol of long awaited awakening; perhaps the table has been turned against intolerance and extremism?
October 11, 2012 4:02 pm
Just need to make a BIG correction: "Malala is not Killed", she is wounded and Insha Allah she will survive & will carry on her fight.
October 11, 2012 3:57 pm
Series of Events: * March against Drone go international media coverage. * Planned march against Drone @ NY, USA. * Attack on Malala * Two Drone attacks in short span killing more than 10 (suspected) militants. Obama is going to win election by hook or by crook.
October 11, 2012 3:57 pm
Why dont you dedicate a song to the innocent children being killed by your president in illegal us drone strikes? Or how about the children being killed in Palastine? Or Kashmir for that matter...
October 11, 2012 3:38 pm
Madonna hats off to you. What we fail to do you did it? We owe a debt to you until we provide justice to Malala Yousafzai by bringing the culprits into court.
October 11, 2012 6:10 pm
Even madona paid tribute to this great teenage girl, but our Movlis and Molanas who we follow blindlessly are reluctant to do it
Nida Fatima Zaidi
October 11, 2012 8:32 pm
Malala was shot, not "killed" by Taliban. Please correct.
October 11, 2012 6:00 pm
Now that's courage!!
naseem Qureshi
October 11, 2012 6:00 pm
i think we people are very unrealistics...what abut many innocent man and womens are dying every day. There is not a single day when womens are killed in the name of honour.
October 12, 2012 12:39 pm
Her father did.
October 12, 2012 11:55 am
Please. Malala is alive and recovering. Please be careful and pray for her life. we in pakistan is grateful to Madonna to join the cause of education to women.
SGR (India)
October 11, 2012 3:23 pm
We need more Malalas to defeat the evil spirits in this world...
October 11, 2012 3:23 pm
Poor BEA. She probably needs to have some medical assistance if all she can think about is, money. Show some compassion for that brave little girl and pray for her speedy recovery. Or are you related to the Taliban?
October 11, 2012 6:04 pm
Get well soon Malala.
Agha Ata (USA)
October 12, 2012 1:26 pm
Thank you Madonna for praising our Joan Of Arc. :)
Ali Azad
October 11, 2012 2:52 pm
Good Act! How about dedicating a song to innocent children and women dying due to drone attacks for past so many years? Condemn taliban attacking innocent but then also condemn america for killing innocent people in drone attacks.
October 11, 2012 2:51 pm
bea, please do not act like a beggar,work hard, malala's father is a well off person,they never asked for donation , we should appreciate madonna's efforts.
October 11, 2012 2:33 pm
It Did nit take her long to jump on the band wagon did it if she is that concernded about the poor girl send a donation for her the money would make the poor girls life a lot easier rather then a silly song sang by Madonna.
Distinguish Khan
October 11, 2012 7:26 pm
Can Madonna also sing a song for those innocent children who are been shot & dead by drones of USA & NATO in Pakistan and other countries ???? DOUBLE STANDARDS OF USA !!
October 11, 2012 8:58 pm
Yet another reason to love you, Madonna! What a lovely gesture.....Support Wimen....Support Education!
Ajaya K Dutt
October 11, 2012 6:50 pm
She is not dead as yet. She cannot die. If good God is there, she shall live.
Maryam Shakur
October 11, 2012 6:54 pm
Dear Medona, Drone attacks have already killed and still killing number of innocent children and Pakistanis, please also mention that in your concert. And whole World knows who have attacked Malala..... and who is controlling politics of World. Our whole nation's and whole Muslim Ummah's Prayers are with her. We dont need you.
October 12, 2012 9:05 am
Madonna's dedication shows what humanity is all about, people from outside our country care so much about life but alas!! what do I do ????. I feel like I want revenge, I want to do something but i dont know what. I pray to God to show me a way. Get well soon little one.
October 11, 2012 8:50 pm
madonna plz some day also dedicate a song to those childerens also who r being killed daily by drone attacks in wazeristan .
October 11, 2012 6:58 pm
Oh well, more and more bad press for Pakistan.
Neer Nayan
October 11, 2012 7:02 pm
This beautifully strong child, the true Pride of Pakistan, reminds us all to respect, tolerate and love each other, making each life a cherished experience and this world, a blessed planet! You have brought together the whole world, Brave-Daughter! More Choicest Blessings of ALLAH TAALA be upon our Malala Yousufzai!
Asif Kashmiri
October 11, 2012 7:05 pm
Malala Zindabad , Pakistan Paindabad.
October 11, 2012 7:12 pm
Madonna has got the heart of gold that feels for truth. Madonna you are ambassador of Peace. respect to you.
October 12, 2012 4:27 pm
what we need is not support from outside but within to defeat this menace.
Sobia Aman
October 11, 2012 5:08 pm
This is super---- we appreciate Maddona's gesture and her feelings . We raise our voices in unision with Madonna to condemn this cowardly act of barbarism .
October 11, 2012 7:55 pm
Thank You Madonna! You are a huge star and this gesture will mean a lot for little Malala and all those who support her around the world. She is still under threat from Taliban.
Junaid Khan (@meJunaid)
October 12, 2012 4:22 pm
Drone Attacks have killed more than 200 children !
Ali Saif
October 11, 2012 5:16 pm
and so are hundreds more in drone attacks! The irony of this world, one dies, millions cry, millions die, no one bothers.
October 11, 2012 5:16 pm
Hey..she is not dead.. She is still alive.. Pray for her..
October 12, 2012 3:25 am
correct, none has courage inside Pak. but Madonna is abroad like Altaf. Within Pakistan he did not name taliban but now shouting from London. Taking about our politicians is just waste of time. they dont even deserve to be discussed except Imran Khan...GOd BLess You InshAllah.
October 12, 2012 4:30 am
madonna we appreciate ur gesture .. u realy have won our hearts
October 11, 2012 5:19 pm
Specially Imran Khan. Innocent but brave Malala is slap on on the face of coward Taliban and their coward supporters.
jd shami
October 11, 2012 5:19 pm
T Shah
October 11, 2012 3:08 pm
what have you done for the girl?
October 12, 2012 4:34 am
Great .
October 12, 2012 3:12 pm
and what about the children who are getting killed in drone attacks????
October 11, 2012 4:59 pm
They are all our kids and need our protection.
October 11, 2012 8:32 pm
Good spirit from madonna :)
October 12, 2012 4:58 pm
NIce to see an international celebrity supporting Malala.
October 11, 2012 2:46 pm
She showed sympathy and you belittle her. It is not always about money. Did Malala become and activist for the money?
Rafiq Ahmed
October 12, 2012 11:29 am
Why are you so interested in acquiring new enemies? Why not just thank Madonna for the fact that she is supporting this child?
October 12, 2012 3:06 am
Voice of conscience. Long live Madonna. It is time that some international songwriter writes a song about Malala (on the lines of 'Candle in the Wind' - that was done for Marliyn Monroe in 1970s and re-done for Lady Diana).
Satyameva Jayate
October 11, 2012 11:58 pm
Right. The media should cover the other two girls also. If their families need any help, people around the world will not shy away.
October 12, 2012 3:42 am
Well Madonna is well informed, but her fans are not. Pakistan's daughter Malala is still alive. Alhumdulillah.
October 11, 2012 5:02 pm
She didn't have to mention it at all, but by doing so she is helping raise awareness of the barbarism that is threatening us all. Besides, it's more than any of our own Pakistani entertainers have done.
October 12, 2012 3:03 pm
Don't under estimate her she is a woman full of talents, an entrepreneur and a humanitarian.Talibans n many other groups r dealing in heroin n human trafficking to fund their projects,n state of pakistan ,jury n mullahs don't seem to touch them n then they shot the girls in a cold blood.This is d picture of Islam in the west- total militancy.Thank you Madonna.
October 12, 2012 3:45 am
the last thing Malala needed was americans of the ilks of Madonna condemning the attack.
Goga Nalaik
October 11, 2012 2:43 pm
You should atleast appreciate something wise coming from Madona
October 11, 2012 9:00 pm
Doing this act madona failed to comprehend that it will make malala's efforts controversial
October 12, 2012 3:09 pm
Imran khan is the biggest coward. He has never come out openly against the taliban , apparently fearing for his life.
armani agatha
October 11, 2012 2:38 pm
Now where are the USA bashers ?
October 12, 2012 3:00 pm
I wonder why she is not interested to sing against drones which have killed 100s of Milalas or badly effected them..
Amir Dewani
October 11, 2012 9:51 pm
Maddona plus every human soul on the surface of this earth condemn the brutal 'animal' like act of shooting a beautiful flower named Malala, from the beautiful valley of Swat, Pakistan. Drums of tears are not sufficient to shade for the brutality committed on her. May God bless her with a long life and give courage to her parents and family to stand tall under such unfortunate happening to the daughter loved and cherished by all of us.
October 11, 2012 8:25 pm
Remember, only the famous gets recognition!
October 11, 2012 7:28 pm
she is still alive. prayers for her recovery
October 12, 2012 11:53 am
It was a concert where Madonna sang and danced and enjoyed and every body had a party. And yeah, Madonna dedicated this party to Malala.... and she "stripped" her clothes to mention "Malala's name". Well yeah Madonna, Thank you. What else do you call ignorance? When will our nation grow up? Dawn should not be giving Madonna so much importance.
julez couture
October 11, 2012 11:27 pm
This is Madonna way of making the world aware of what is going on in the name of religion. Money anyone can give.
Khan Usafzai
October 11, 2012 11:30 pm
Madonna has been always one of my favorite artist ...the ultimate Queen of pop... Now, i Love her even more ...
October 12, 2012 4:28 am
Madonna, you rocks!
October 11, 2012 7:42 pm
Who is Madonna is she related to Maradona?
October 11, 2012 11:49 pm
Hopefully, we don't need to sacrifice more Malalas. What happened to her is very tragic. No human, I repeat, NO HUMAN ought to take the side of the Taliban who are capable of committing such a heinous crime.
October 11, 2012 7:37 pm
Look at the twitter comments above. People she is alive!!
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