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Swastikas, fake guns and flashing, oh my! Madonna's MDNA tour has gotten the singer tons of press — not to mention a few enemies, including a Russian civil rights group, an entire arena of French fans and Elton John.

In an open letter, written in a free-verse style and released to Billboard.com, Madonna explained the more controversial components of her tour, which garnered such harsh criticism.

"My show/Is a journey/The journey from darkness to light," Madonna begins before defending her use of fake guns.

VIDEO: Madonna forgives Elton John during concert performance — Or does she?

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