Madonna has received heavy backlash for her God Control music video, with a victim of the Pulse nightclub shooting saying it has left her ‘traumatised’.
*** WARNING: Music video contains graphic scenes of violence ***
The God Control visuals depict a mass shooting inside of a nightclub, which some feel looks too similar to the Pulse nightclub incident in Florida back in 2016, which killed 50 people, including the gunman who opened fire.
God Control opens with a warning, which states: ‘The story you are about to see is very disturbing. It shows graphic scenes of gun violence.
‘But it’s happening everyday. And it has to stop.’
Opening scenes show club-goers lying dead on the dancefloor and on top of the bar after a gunman opens fire.
Clips are then shown of a choir singing at a funeral with caskets lining up the aisle.
Interspersed with the harrowing visuals, are scenes of Madonna sitting at a typewriter looking frustrated with her head in her hands.
The 70s disco-themed video also sees the 60-year-old popstar leading a large dance troupe in the middle of the dancefloor, having fun before the horrific shooting unfolds.
Patience Carter, who witnessed and survived the Pulse nightclub shooting, told TMZ that the eight-minute video reminded her of the tragic events.
She explained: ‘As a survivor of gun violence it was really hard to watch.
‘I get that she was trying to bring awareness to gun control but I don’t think that was the right way to go about doing it.
‘For someone like me who actually saw these images, lived through these images, to see them again, dramatised for views, I feel it was really insensitive.’
She later added: ‘It was grossly accurate to what I witnessed that night.’
Lyrics on Gun Control include: ‘Get the kids ready, take them to school/ Everybody knows they don’t have a chance/ To get a decent job, to have a normal life.
‘When they talk reforms, it makes me laugh/ They pretend to help, it makes me laugh/ I think I understand why people get a gun.’
In an interview with People, Madonna explained her intentions with the God Control music video and said: ‘I made this video because I want to draw attention to a crisis that needs to be addressed.
‘To me, this is the biggest problem in America right now… I cannot take it anymore.’
God Control features on Madonna’s new album, Madame X, which was released earlier in June.
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