Madonna Delivers Touching Speech on Paris During Stockholm Concert
'There is power in unity.'
In the days proceeding Friday's Parisian massacre, celebrities have come out in strong solidarity with the French. Everyone from Kim Kardashian to Taylor Swift has posted images, written short passages, and done what they could to express their mourning for those we've lost.
Madonna, who has a strong connection with the country, went so far as to take several minutes out of her Stockholm, Sweden concert to share her own pain, and to explain why she chose not to cancel that night's performance.
"I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world — not just in Paris — as much as that does occur, there is more goodness in this world," she said.
"We are here to prove it.
"I was gonna cancel my show tonight. But then I thought to myself, 'Why should I give that to them? Why should I allow them to stop me? And to stop us from enjoying freedom?'
"All of the places where people were killed were places where people were having fun. People were enjoying themselves eating in restaurants, dancing, singing, watching a soccer match. These are freedoms that we take for granted, of course, and we must not. But they're freedoms that we deserve.
"We work hard, and we deserve to have fun. And there is no one in this world that should have the right to stop us from doing what we love."
Following the speech, she asked for a moment of silence for the victims, and went into an acoustic rendition of "Like a Prayer," asking the audience to sing along with her.