Madonna has left her fans up in arms after branding the current coronavirus pandemic a ‘great equaliser’ in a bizarre video that depicts the Queen of Pop lounging naked in a bathtub.
The “Like A Virgin” hitmaker weighed in on the COVID-19 crisis on Instagram on Monday, declaring that the viral disease has made everyone ‘equal in many ways’ regardless of wealth, age or social status.
“That's the thing about COVID-19, it doesn't care about how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are, how smart you are, where you live, how old you are...” the 61-year-old says from her luxurious marble tub strewn with rose petals.
“It's the great equaliser, and what's terrible about it is what's great about it. What's terrible about it is, it's made us equal in many ways. And what's wonderful about it is that it's made us equal in many ways,” she adds.
“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,” the multi-millionaire concludes.
Madonna’s fans hit back
Supporters of the music legend have taken to the comments section to call her out for ‘trivialising’ the deadly virus which has infected 330,000 and killed upwards of 13,000 people worldwide to date.
“Sorry my queen, love u so much, but we're not equal,” wrote one dismayed fan.
“We can die from the same diseases, but the poor will suffer the most. Do not romanticise nothing of this tragedy,” they added.
“Very dramatic! Get over yourself. We live in the real world,” demanded another.
Others were quick to contrast Madonna’s cushy lifestyle - complete with a team of in-home health professionals - with those less fortunate.
“Be a little more empathic to the less privileged ones,” said one fan.
“Your glaring lack of self-awareness about how this disease affects ordinary people from your bathtub is bare for all to see,” another said.
“You live in other reality Madge... Stop trivialising this awful situation please,” wrote one.
“Bulls**t. I still got to go to work while you are taking a bubble bath with flowers, bath bombs and all kinds of treats,” said another.
COVID-19 cancels Madame X tour
Earlier this month, Madonna was forced to cancel two shows of her Madame X album tour in Paris due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Promoters confirmed that the March 10 and 11 performances would be axed after the French government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people to stop the disease spread.
The final two shows were previously rescheduled due to Madonna’s various injuries and punters were offered refunds following the cancellations.
At around the same time, Madonna and her fellow singer Katy Perry were duped by an online coronavirus hoax that saw them convinced quarantined Italians were singing their songs.
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