Madonna Causes Internet Furor Over MLK and Nelson Mandela Photos

In Photoshopped snaps, the singer draws comparisons between herself and some of the world's most esteemed leaders

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Nothing like a social media controversy to start off the new year.

In a series of Photoshopped Instagrams, Madonna seemingly compares herself to Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley.

More specifically, she has compared her “#rebelheart” to theirs by transposing her album artwork – which features her face crossed with black cording of some kind – onto their faces.

“This #rebelheart fought for freedom!” Madonna captioned the Instagram of Mandela.

On MLK’s photo, Madonna wrote: “This #rebelheart had a dream!”

Finally, on Marley’s, she wrote: “This #rebelheart sang about ONE LOVE!”

Madonna has her fair share of supporters, but for the most part, her Instagram has been overtaken by critics. “To lessen Mandela’s and Dr. King’s achievements as far as making their faces involuntarily a part of a marketing campaign for some irrelevant pop music is just a huge perception disorder,” writes user beate_abbey. “I’m already unnerved by all this pictures with strings in people’s faces. This despair is such a cringe factor. It’s a pity.”

“Officially lost a fan in me…” wrote user elsiebowers.

Rebel Heart has been plagued by a series of leaks (as seems to be the norm with any highly anticipated record, these days). In response, Madonna’s team officially released six tracks on Dec. 20.

In a fairly prophetic Instagram, Madonna posted the following one day before her controversial snaps: “Dear haters, I have so much more for you to be mad at … be patient!”

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