Madonna has released “I Rise,” a new music video that pays tribute to the resilience of people around the world who struggle against tragedy and persecution, including Filipino journalist Maria Ressa.
Footage of the Rappler founder and chief executive officer is shown at the 1:31 mark of the music video. In the clip, Ressa is seen speaking to journalists after she was arrested for cybercrime. The video then cuts to a footage showing protesting Filipinos with placards that say, “Defend press freedom!”
Apart from Ressa, it also features people whose “protests” figured prominently on the world stage. The lyrics opens with part of a speech of Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of a shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the U.S.“They say us kids don’t know what we’re talking about, that we’re too young to understand how the government works,” says Gonzalez. “We call B.S.” responds Madonna.
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