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Colo. fans upset after Madonna uses guns in show

U.S. singer Madonna performs during her concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/ Alexander Demianchuk, Pool)
Alexander Demianchuk

Some Colorado fans are not happy that pop superstar Madonna used guns to open up her performance in Denver on Thursday night, in light of recent events in the state.

Madonna started her show at the Pepsi Center in Denver with a gun scene, which she has used in previous performances. However, fans  are  saying she should have  been more sensitive in Colorado, where 12  people  were  killed in a midnight movie massacre in July.

According to KUSA-TV, the station received several calls Friday from concert-goers saying they were offended she used guns and violence as part of her show, especially after the mass shooting at a Colorado theater during a "Batman" movie on July 20 that left 12 people dead.

Madonna's press agent, Liz Rosenberg, said Friday that there was no way to eliminate the scene, because it is a core part of the show.

"It's like taking out the third act of Hamlet," she said.

Rosenberg said Madonna's style is to shake things up.

"Madonna does not make things pretty and tie them up with a bow," she said.

In a statement before beginning the tour, Madonna said she does not condone the use of guns.

"Rather, they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging," she said.

She said she is using the guns as symbols of intolerance and "the pain I have felt from having my heart broken."