Madonna strips off to dedicate song to teenage girl shot in head by Taliban

Singer breaks from MDNA show to speak about Malala Yousafzai

Madonna dedicated a song to Malala Yousufzai, the teenage girl shot in the head by the Taliban, during a concert in Los Angeles.

The onstage dedication came during Madonna’s performance at the Staples Centre in LA last Thursday (October 14). Speaking to the audience between songs, Madonna talked about Yousufzai and how the young activist came to be shot by terrorists.

Explaining that 14-year-old Yousufzai had been shot in Pakistan for keeping an online blog defending her right to an education as a female, Madonna told her fans the incident had made her cry. Scroll down to see fan-shot footage of the speech.

“The 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot on a school bus for writing a blog… who wrote a blog about how important education was to her. The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her… Do you understand the sickness and absurdity of this?” she said.

Reiterating her defence of the teen, who has since been brought to the UK to seek medical help, Madonna rolled down her top to reveal Malala’s name written at the base of her spine. The singer had previously employed a similar tactic when defending Russian punk band Pussy Riot earlier in the year.

Madonna’s MDNA tour is set to continue tomorrow night (October 16) at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix.