Madonna has landed herself in trouble on social media again.
Monday, Madge shared and then deleted an image of late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Instagram, captioned with a famous 1989 quote from the leader, who passed away in 2013: “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”
The “Material Girl” then added her own comment, referencing her new album Rebel Heart, which read: “Thank you Margaret Thatcher,” with the tags #unapologetic, #rebelheart and a love heart.
In case you missed it earlier, here's Madonna's swiftly-deleted Instagram post praising Margaret Thatcher pic.twitter.com/cYnF50se36
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Apparently unbeknownst to Madonna, Thatcher is nott viewed as a fan of homosexual culture, and the post did not go over well with her large gay fan following.
Due to Section 28 legislation, which essentially banned schools from “promoting homosexuality” under Thatcher’s watch in 1988 as a means to combat the AIDS virus, the Iron Lady is still viewed as a figure of oppression in the country by many gays.
Section 28 was abolished in 2003, but is still a frequent topic of debate, something the singer had apparently not picked up on while living in the U.K., or while she was acquiring a British accent more than a decade ago.
Ironically, it appears once Madonna was made aware of the faux pas, she took the post down. So much for being #unapologetic.
This is not the first time this calendar year the aging pop star had been scrutinized for a representation of a late international icon. In January, “The Queen of Pop” posted photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and others, with string superimposed over their faces to mimic her own image on the cover of Rebel Heart.
“I’m sorry… I’m admiring and acknowledging there[sic] Rebel Hearts,” she later said in an apology on Facebook.
Flashback: watch the evolution of Madonna’s British accent, courtesy of People: