Madonna draws criticism for Instagram photos of MLK and Mandela

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US pop diva Madonna sits among Malawian children during a visit to the Mkoko Primary School, one of the schools Madonna's Raising Malawi organization has built jointly with US organization BuildOn in the Kasungu District, Central Malawi, on November 30, 2014. Madonna met Malawi's new president on November 28 after her VIP status was restored in the country where she adopted two children but then fell foul of the former government. Madonna has adopted two children from the country, which officially has more than a million orphans and vulnerable children. AFP PHOTO/AMOS GUMULIRA (Photo credit should read AMOS GUMULIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
US star Madonna (L) walks out with Dr. Eric Borgstein(R) after visiting the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) on November 27, 2014 where he launched a new project with Ministry of Health to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit at the hospital in Blantyre. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Editor in Chief WSJ. Magazine Kristina O'Neill, dancer Charles 'Lil Buck' Riley and Madonna attend WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Kanye West, Madonna and Riccardo Tisci attend Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Madonna speaks at WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (Exclusive Coverage) Madonna attends Keep A Child Alive's 11th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Child2014/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna and son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie arrive at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna and son David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie arrive at the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Rapper Macklemore, singer Mary Lambert and singer Madonna perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Madonna performs onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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No stranger to controversy, Madonna has found herself in hot water once again for photos posted to her Instagram page.

The performer has been promoting her new album Rebel Heart by posting photos of famous friends and historical figures with their faces wrapped in black cords (as hers is on the album's cover) but it wasn't until Friday, when she posted photos of Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, that the performer drew serious criticism for the social promotion.

"This #rebelheart fought for freedom!" Madonna wrote on the photo of Mandela.

This❤️#rebelheart fought for freedom!

Una foto publicada por Madonna (@madonna) el



"This #rebelheart had a dream!" she captioned the MLK photo.

This ❤️#rebelheart had a dream!

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Critics were quick to point out the singer's misguided strategy of comparing herself to historical civil-rights leaders as well as the disturbing imagery of the photos.

This isn't Madonna's first race-related Instagram controversy. Back in January 2014, the singer apologized after using the hashtag "#disnigga" on a photo of son Rocco boxing.

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