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Madonna slams Taliban, dedicates song to Malala at concert

Published Oct 11, 2012 02:28pm


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 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 Oct 12, 2012 12:06pm
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?
saythetruth10 Oct 12, 2012 08:52am
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.
alileo12 Oct 12, 2012 04:08pm
Thank you Madonna :)
ANIMAL Oct 12, 2012 07:14am
I do.
Fahad Oct 12, 2012 02:10pm
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 Oct 12, 2012 04:02pm
thanks madonna
Nabila Oct 12, 2012 05:38am
Madonna often supports noble causes! It is so brave of her to challenge Taliban.
Keen Observer Oct 13, 2012 12:11pm
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.
zeeshan Oct 11, 2012 09:31pm
what madonna has to do with USA?
Puru Oct 12, 2012 06:01am
She wasnt killed but shot at.
Iqra Syed Oct 11, 2012 03:07pm
I think it's a very encouraging and humbling act from Madonna!
amna Oct 13, 2012 07:04am
really? taking her shirt off wat a noble gesture indeed. they was no better way right? im stunned by the ignorance of my ppl.....
amna Oct 13, 2012 07:02am
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 Oct 12, 2012 09:59am
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 Oct 13, 2012 02:48am
Madonna is sweet.
Aprophet False Oct 11, 2012 08:35pm
Madonna strips and mentions Malala's name in honour, women's rights are improving...!
Tufal Oct 11, 2012 04:57pm
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.
karim Oct 11, 2012 02:48pm
Nice gesture by Madonna.
john Oct 11, 2012 08:13pm
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.
ammariftikhar Oct 11, 2012 02:49pm
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 !!
ahsan Oct 11, 2012 08:12pm
she's not dead..!! someone needs to inform them!!
Aamir Oct 11, 2012 04:45pm
Malala was an activist. Now she is a hero. Shame on all Talibans.
citizen Oct 11, 2012 07:34pm
You made me cry.
Israr Khan IsmailZai. Oct 11, 2012 06:06pm
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.
Zahid Oct 11, 2012 03:10pm
How does this help?
bequal Oct 11, 2012 06:28pm
How do you know she didn't send a donation? Why so judgmental Bea?
Jahanzeb Tareen Oct 11, 2012 08:47pm
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.
SAK Oct 11, 2012 03:20pm
And what about you my friend?
FAPS Oct 11, 2012 10:46pm
You actually think that she doesn't donate any money. Look at how many orphans she supports.
Naveed Afzaal Oct 12, 2012 07:56pm
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.
Aitazaz Oct 11, 2012 10:34pm
Malala is NOT dead btw. she is injured and currently in the icu. May God save her life. Ameen.
msali Oct 11, 2012 06:08pm
Will she also dedicate a song to the children who die in US drone attacks!? :P
shehroz Oct 12, 2012 05:28am
people , i want to coorect you people that malala is still alive and is in critical condition
hussain Oct 11, 2012 06:17pm
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?????????????
sanjay Oct 12, 2012 05:00am
shouldn't Madonna also be 'slamming' her own country for supporting the Taliban when it suited American foreign policy?
hamza Oct 12, 2012 04:47am
i love you madonna
Khan Oct 11, 2012 04:38pm
I wish she was so sympathetic towards the children's killed by drones!!!???
fmahmood Oct 11, 2012 04:37pm
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,
Zubeir Oct 11, 2012 04:36pm
It's Ok, but I don't like when half nude, vulgar lady talks about pure Malala. Thanks but no thanks
Mudassar Oct 11, 2012 05:24pm
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!
Mahmood Oct 11, 2012 04:28pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 04:25pm
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.
Aurangzeb Oct 11, 2012 04:24pm
God forbid she is not killed. We all pray for her and Inshallah she will defeat death and dead idiology of Talibans.
ROHIT PANDEY Oct 11, 2012 05:37pm
The reputation of law enforcing forces and that of Pakistan as a state cannot slip lower than this.
Ayesha Waseem Oct 11, 2012 04:22pm
Just a quick fact, Malala is injured, not killed. She remains in critical condition. Please pray for her well being.
Sadia Batool Naqvi Oct 11, 2012 04:15pm
Hats off to u Madona...
Janan Oct 11, 2012 05:42pm
Wake up Malala bache (daughter) see people are praying for you all over the world.
baqar Oct 11, 2012 04:11pm
No condemnation from Islamic quarters of Pakistan! No Mullahs condemned this attack!
Ali Oct 11, 2012 04:11pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 10:12pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 04:06pm
malala is alive guys
ilyasaasim Oct 11, 2012 04:05pm
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.
sarmad Oct 11, 2012 03:11pm
She becomes a symbol of long awaited awakening; perhaps the table has been turned against intolerance and extremism?
Nomi Oct 11, 2012 04:02pm
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.
Ahamd Oct 11, 2012 03:57pm
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.
hk Oct 11, 2012 03:57pm
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...
Zain Oct 11, 2012 03:38pm
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.
bilal Oct 11, 2012 06:10pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 08:32pm
Malala was shot, not "killed" by Taliban. Please correct.
Amir Oct 11, 2012 06:00pm
Now that's courage!!
naseem Qureshi Oct 11, 2012 06:00pm
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.
XZ-01 Oct 12, 2012 12:39pm
Her father did.
Ajmal Oct 12, 2012 11:55am
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) Oct 11, 2012 03:23pm
We need more Malalas to defeat the evil spirits in this world...
edwin Oct 11, 2012 03:23pm
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?
qamar Oct 11, 2012 06:04pm
Get well soon Malala.
Agha Ata (USA) Oct 12, 2012 01:26pm
Thank you Madonna for praising our Joan Of Arc. :)
Ali Azad Oct 11, 2012 02:52pm
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.
tausif Oct 11, 2012 02:51pm
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.
BEA Oct 11, 2012 02:33pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 07:26pm
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 !!
Amber Oct 11, 2012 08:58pm
Yet another reason to love you, Madonna! What a lovely gesture.....Support Wimen....Support Education!
Ajaya K Dutt Oct 11, 2012 06:50pm
She is not dead as yet. She cannot die. If good God is there, she shall live.
Maryam Shakur Oct 11, 2012 06:54pm
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.
Awesum Oct 12, 2012 09:05am
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.
fawaz Oct 11, 2012 08:50pm
madonna plz some day also dedicate a song to those childerens also who r being killed daily by drone attacks in wazeristan .
Okhajut Oct 11, 2012 06:58pm
Oh well, more and more bad press for Pakistan.
Neer Nayan Oct 11, 2012 07:02pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 07:05pm
Malala Zindabad , Pakistan Paindabad.
usman Oct 11, 2012 07:12pm
Madonna has got the heart of gold that feels for truth. Madonna you are ambassador of Peace. respect to you.
skeptic Oct 12, 2012 04:27pm
what we need is not support from outside but within to defeat this menace.
Sobia Aman Oct 11, 2012 05:08pm
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 .
G.A. Oct 11, 2012 07:55pm
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) Oct 12, 2012 04:22pm
Drone Attacks have killed more than 200 children !
Ali Saif Oct 11, 2012 05:16pm
and so are hundreds more in drone attacks! The irony of this world, one dies, millions cry, millions die, no one bothers.
Adeel Oct 11, 2012 05:16pm
Hey..she is not dead.. She is still alive.. Pray for her..
Saad Oct 12, 2012 03:25am
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.
ammad Oct 12, 2012 04:30am
madonna we appreciate ur gesture .. u realy have won our hearts
irfan Oct 11, 2012 05:19pm
Specially Imran Khan. Innocent but brave Malala is slap on on the face of coward Taliban and their coward supporters.
jd shami Oct 11, 2012 05:19pm
T Shah Oct 11, 2012 03:08pm
what have you done for the girl?
nooriezk Oct 12, 2012 04:34am
Great .
shah Oct 12, 2012 03:12pm
and what about the children who are getting killed in drone attacks????
Heigh-Ho Oct 11, 2012 04:59pm
They are all our kids and need our protection.
sana Oct 11, 2012 08:32pm
Good spirit from madonna :)
ahmed Oct 12, 2012 04:58pm
NIce to see an international celebrity supporting Malala.
john Oct 11, 2012 02:46pm
She showed sympathy and you belittle her. It is not always about money. Did Malala become and activist for the money?
Rafiq Ahmed Oct 12, 2012 11:29am
Why are you so interested in acquiring new enemies? Why not just thank Madonna for the fact that she is supporting this child?
observer Oct 12, 2012 03:06am
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 Oct 11, 2012 11:58pm
Right. The media should cover the other two girls also. If their families need any help, people around the world will not shy away.
Asif Oct 12, 2012 03:42am
Well Madonna is well informed, but her fans are not. Pakistan's daughter Malala is still alive. Alhumdulillah.
Heigh-Ho Oct 11, 2012 05:02pm
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.
roquefort Oct 12, 2012 03:03pm
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.
HaZe Oct 12, 2012 03:45am
the last thing Malala needed was americans of the ilks of Madonna condemning the attack.
Goga Nalaik Oct 11, 2012 02:43pm
You should atleast appreciate something wise coming from Madona
vigilant Oct 11, 2012 09:00pm
Doing this act madona failed to comprehend that it will make malala's efforts controversial
kvkr Oct 12, 2012 03:09pm
Imran khan is the biggest coward. He has never come out openly against the taliban , apparently fearing for his life.
armani agatha Oct 11, 2012 02:38pm
Now where are the USA bashers ?
shaz Oct 12, 2012 03:00pm
I wonder why she is not interested to sing against drones which have killed 100s of Milalas or badly effected them..
Amir Dewani Oct 11, 2012 09:51pm
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.
Ignorantme Oct 11, 2012 08:25pm
Remember, only the famous gets recognition!
sam Oct 11, 2012 07:28pm
she is still alive. prayers for her recovery
alpha Oct 12, 2012 11:53am
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 Oct 11, 2012 11:27pm
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 Oct 11, 2012 11:30pm
Madonna has been always one of my favorite artist ...the ultimate Queen of pop... Now, i Love her even more ...
Zubair Oct 12, 2012 04:28am
Madonna, you rocks!
Ali Oct 11, 2012 07:42pm
Who is Madonna is she related to Maradona?
Ram Oct 11, 2012 11:49pm
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.
Asad Oct 11, 2012 07:37pm
Look at the twitter comments above. People she is alive!!