Madonna calls for gun reform in a graphic music video.
The pop star released an eight-minute music video for her song, “God Control” on June 26, 2019. The scenes in the music video have been compared to the 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded. Graphic images of a mock nightclub shooting play against a disco beat.
Patience Carter, a survivor of Pulse, said they “couldn’t even watch the first 45 seconds” of the video, stating on twitter, “There are so many creative avenues that could’ve been taken to bring awareness to gun control. The Victims of these mass shootings should always be taken into consideration. I applaud the attempt, but I am truly disturbed.”
The 60-year-old popstar says the video was designed to shock.
“Seeing the reality, and the brutality of things makes you wake up,” she told People. “This is really happening. This is what it looks like. Does it make you feel bad? Good, ‘cause then maybe you will so something about it.”
George Takei, who founded anti-gun group One Pulse For America, thanks Madonna for the video on Twitter. March For our Lives also commended her for “creating this call to action.”