Madonna defends altered photos of MLK, Mandela

The star posted photos of civil rights icons Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. that were doctored to look like her new album close-up. (Twitter)

Madonna is responding to her critics after she posted photos of civil rights icons Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. that were doctored to look like her new album close-up on her social media accounts.

Madonna’s cover photo for the album “Rebel Heart” is a close-up of her face entangled in black string. In a promotion campaign, the singer applied the same cording effect onto other famous faces, from Marilyn Monroe to Jesus.

But it was her MLK, Mandela and Bob Marley posts in which she described them as “rebel hearts” like herself that landed her in hot water with her followers.

The singer said in a statement that she was not comparing herself to them but acknowledging they were rebels. She also said the images were fan-generated and pushed back against claims of racism, adding she also posted other famous faces who were not black. 

Some of Madonna's followers found the latest posts "offensive," with some slamming the singer as racist.

"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.

Twitter was also rife with criticism.

 [With AP]

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