Madonna slams hometown, mayor responds

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ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — The mayor of Rochester Hills isn’t happy with the way Madonna voiced her opinion about her hometown.

In a March 11 interview with Howard Stern, the Michigan native referred to Rochester Hills as”simple minded and full of provincial thinkers.”

Mayor Bryan Barnett responded today with an open letter touting the city’s achievements and said it’s quite different than the place she grew up in.

“I don’t know if I’ll change her mind,” Barrett said. “But I want those who have read her remarks to know that’s not what we’re about here in Rochester Hills.”

It’s not the first time Madonna hit a nerve with Michiganders. In 1987, she called her birthplace of Bay City, Michigan, “a little smelly town in northern Michigan.”


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  • An0nymous

    Shhh… do not report anything about madonna being from Michigan. We are far more ashamed of her then she is with us.

    The single worst thing to happen to popular music in the last 50 years. Proof that if you work hard, and sleep with anyone with ears, eventually you will be heard even if you are terrible.

  • Linda Joyce

    Isn’t anybody entitled to an opinion these days? I heard the interview and did NOT think it was so insulting. What’s the time period she’s referring to… nearly 40 years ago!!