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Madonna accuses theater of censorship after stagehands drop the curtain on her show

Pop goddess and gay icon Madonna has made headlines yet again, this time following a concert at the London Palladium in which stagehands lowered the fire curtain on her show. The concert had surpassed the 11 pm curfew mandated by the city.

“F*ck you motherf*ckers, censorship, motherf*cking censorship, artists are here to disturb the peace,” Madonna declared before launching into her encore number, the Pride anthem “I Rise.” Her backup dancers also brandished a Pride Flag for the number.

Madonna herself later elaborated on the incident on Instagram. “It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew – we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons,” she wrote. “Fortunately they stopped it halfway and no one was hurt. Many Thanks to the entire Audience who did not move and never left us. Power to The People!!”

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Social media generally greeted Madonna’s “protest” with positive reception. “Love that I got to witness Madonna at her most rebellious tonight. She overran so they closed the curtain on her TWICE. She just burst through and carried on regardless,” Twitter user @dazgale wrote.

The Palladium incident comes as something of a breath of fresh air for Madonna, who has struggled with various health issues on her current tour resulting in several concert cancellations.