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Is Madonna Broken After the Brits Fall?

05 Mar 2015

The singer brands Europe racist after bumping her head

When Madonna experienced that epic fall during her performance at the BRIT Awards, she hurt more than just her pride. The 56-year-old was so seriously hurt after her tumble that doctors feared she may have damaged her brain when she smacked her head off the floor and now she’s making some very controversial claims about Europe.

Whiplash & Nightmares
Madge is suffering from minor whiplash after her horror fall onstage at the BRITs, calling the incident a complete “nightmare”. The pop icon returned to the UK music prize-giving bash for the first time in two decades, but her headline-grabbing performance was marred by the shocking accident. Just moments after beginning her new song Living for Love, Madonna fell backwards down a set of stairs after a dancer tried to pull her long Armani cape from her shoulders and it failed to come off. Following the fall, the singer took to Instagram to assure fans she was “fine”, but in a new interview with BBC chat show host Jonathan Ross, she admitted she was still nursing an injury from the accident. She told Ross: “I had little bit of whiplash. I smacked the back of my head and I had a man standing over me with a flashlight until about 3am to make sure I was compos mentis.”

Speaking about the wardrobe malfunction, the mother-of-four added: “I was told to tie my cape and start much further back and I had to walk further and everyone was worried my cape would slide off so they tied it really tight around my neck. I got to the top of the stairs and I pulled the silky string and it wouldn’t come undone. I had two choices – I could either be strangled or fall – and I chose to fall.” 

Madge Goes Mental?
Although she’s OK, Madonna has had some fans concerned she may have actually damaged her cognitive functions as she made some serious statements comparing present-day Europe to Nazi Germany. The pop superstar said: “[Album song] Ghosttown is like, for me, a kind of foreshadowing of two people living like the only lovers left alive in a post-apocalyptic world. I feel like that’s where we’re heading for if we continue to behave the way we behave, to treat one another the way we’re treating one another, to maintain this level of intolerance and discriminatory hateful behaviour towards other human beings who are different than you are.” She continued: “France was once a country that accepted people of colour. Now, it’s completely gone… It’s like we’re living in a crazy time. It feels like Nazi Germany. All of these people, the level of intolerance that’s going on, is really scary. It’s not just happening in France – it’s all over Europe – but it’s specifically in France.” 

Maybe Madge has a point in the current climate, but she should get another check-up before airing any more political generalisations.