TORONTO — Madonna has come under fire for reposting fan-made images of dead icons like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela on social media.
The images show the faces of various well known figures wrapped in black cord — just like Madonna’s face on the cover of her Rebel Heart album.
“This is outrageous and needs urgent intervention,” tweeted Pastor Viwe.
On Facebook, Garry Argro-Marino commented: “Lost a fan. Hope it was worth it…”
Instagram user elsiebowers wrote: “Officially lost a fan in me…”
Late Friday, Madonna took to Facebook to clarify that the images — which also included John Lennon, Frida Kahlo, Marilyn Monroe and Bob Marley — were created by fans, not her.
“I didn’t do it. My fans did. And I just re posted those photos,” she wrote.
“I’m not comparing my self to anyone. I’m admiring and acknowledging there (sic) Rebel Hearts.
“Am I saying I am them? NO. I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too.”
Madonna said she is “very flattered” by the images her fans created “and I hope one day to live up to 1 100th of what those people accomplished.”
On Instagram, she thanked fans for recreating her Rebel Heart cover with “the faces of so many Great Hero’s (sic).”
She added: “It shows that you are also celebrating and in admiration of these great freedom fighters!”
Earlier tributes to the album cover reposted by Madonna included Homer Simpson, the Grinch, and Miley Cyrus.
BELOW: Take a look at some of the images Madonna reposted on Instagram.