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Madonna ignores police warnings to cut fake guns from show

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   July 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM   |   Comments

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July 23 (UPI) -- Pop singer Madonna rarely skirts controversy, and her recent offenses include a deliberately bared breast in Istanbul and a swastika planted on the forehead of a French conservative leader.

Her latest exploits, this time in Murrayfield, Scotland, come on the heels of the devastating massacre in a movie theater in Colorado Friday.

Despite requests from Scottish police to remove from her show the prop machine gun and pistols she and her dancers use, Madonna kept the dummy weapons in place.

Cops won't take action against the singer for refusing to change her choreography, but critics are none too happy.

"Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse," said a spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns, in an interview with a local paper. "She should know better."

A Scottish official also criticized Madonna's decision.

“It’s crass and insensitive and with Scotland’s own gun tragedy at Dunblane she should have known better,” said Scottish Labour's Graeme Pearson, a member of Holyrood's Justice Committee.

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