Cyndi Lauper Criticizes Madonna's Women's March Speech: 'Anger Is Not Better Than Clarity'

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Cyndi Lauper is sounding off.
The 63-year-old '80s pop icon stopped by Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday and shared her disapproval over Madonna's speech at the Women's March on Washington.
“I don’t think that it served our purpose,” Lauper said to host Andy Cohen. “Anger is not better than clarity and humanity. That is what opens people’s minds.”
Instead, Lauper pointed out that Scarlett Johansson, who spoke about her experience with Planned Parenthood, had a much better speech.
“It was clear, it was eloquent,” Lauper said. “Yelling just jacks people up. It doesn’t communicate any kind of humanity or story that would open another person’s mind.”
On Sunday, Madonna took to Instagram to clarify her controversial speech after saying she has "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”
"Yesterday’s Rally was an amazing and beautiful experience," she wrote. “I came and performed 'Express Yourself' and that’s exactly what I did. However, I want to clarify some very important things.”
The mother of four went on to note, “I am not a violent person. I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.”
“I spoke in a metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things – one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt," she added. "However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.”
For more on Madonna's Women's March speech, watch the video below.