Madonna was accused of bad taste and bad timing when she brandished guns during her Edinburgh show. The stage gestures came just hours after the shootings in Denver, and despite a police warning.
Scottish police had advised the singer not to use the pistols and AK47 assault rifle that have been regular stage props on her MDNA tour. It is thought that officers had warned her that they might stop the show if the guns were produced. Madonna went ahead anyway. The show, her first ever performance in Scotland, was allowed to continue.
The Daily Record quoted a reaction from a spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns: "Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse. She should know better."
Madonna seemed overly concerned about the show not running overtime. Early arrivals at Murrayfield Stadium were surprised to find Madonna in the middle of a rehearsal. The show proper started half an hour earlier than scheduled.
Madonna made a reference to what had happened to Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park a week earlier, when the microphones had been silenced. "Due to your laws here they might pull the plug on me," she said, "so if they cut us off suddenly, write to your local MP."
Unlike the recent shows in Istanbul and Paris, the Murrayfield concert did not involve Madonna exposing her breasts. Madonna is already facing a legal action in France for superimposing a swastika on a picture of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen.