The Secret Service has announced plans to open an investigation into Madonna after the singer said that she had thought about “blowing up the White House” during a speech at the Women’s March on Washington.
During the Women’s March on Washington, Madonna gave a speech which included statements that have since stirred up controversy.
“I’m angry,” Madonna said of the election of President Donald Trump during her speech, according to the Daily Mail. “Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything.”
She continued, “We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War Two, ‘We must love one another or die.’ I choose love. Are you with me?”
Madonna’s controversial statement about “blowing up the White House” during her speech at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was met with applause by protestors at the march. Roughly half a million protestors were in attendance, with more protests taking place in cities around the United States, as well as cities in other countries.
Accoridng to AOL, the Secret Service plans to investigate Madonna for the statements made during her speech. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will make the final decision on whether or not to prosecute the singer, but the Secret Service has yet to comment on the investigation.
Several other celebrities took the stage during the protest, including actress Ashley Judd.
Judd recited a poem written by a 19-year-old from Tennessee.
“I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee,” Judd said.
She continued, “I am a nasty woman,” referencing Trump’s attack on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a presidential debate during the election. “I’m not nearly as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust. I’m not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, your wet dreams infused with your own genes. I’m not as nasty as confederate flags being tattooed across my cities, maybe the south is actually going to rise, maybe for some it never really fell.”
Judd then led the crowd of more than 500,000 in a chant of: “I’m a nasty woman.”
Sources: Daily Mail, AOL / Photo credit: ABC News via Variety