By Hayden Wright

Madonna’s behavior on the final leg of her Rebel Heart Tour has raised some eyebrows. She’s included a clown-costumed portion featuring “Tears of a Clown,” made generous use of her liquor bottle props, and appeared to some critics to be genuinely “drunk or high” onstage.

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The consummate professional unleashed a defense on Instagram, writing that the erratic behavior is just part of the performance and haters need to lighten up.

“Too bad people don’t know the art of acting and playing a character,” writes Madonna. “I could never do any of my shows high or drunk. And yes underlying all of this is sexism and mysongony which proves that not only do we not get equal pay [but] we are still treated like heretics if we step out of line and think outside the box!”

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