After Madonna Slams Hometown, Rochester Hills Mayor Writes Open Letter

Kevin Mazur
Madonna

The pop icon said the Detroit suburb was not a place she'd like to go back to and called the citizens "basic, provincial-thinking people."

Madonna's appearance on the The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM last week came with plenty of revelations — from dating Tupac Shakur to her own rape many years ago.

But there was one thing that really stuck out to the mayor of her hometown, Rochester Hills, Michigan.

The pop icon said the Detroit suburb was not a place she'd like to return to and called the citizens "basic, provincial-thinking people." Now Mayor Bryan Barnett has released an open letter defending his city.

"I don't know what experiences led you to that opinion, but let me assure you, our community is anything but basic or narrow-minded. In fact, we are and have been home to some of the brightest minds shaping our world," he wrote, citing top-performing schools, growing universities and more than 900 patents granted in the city over the past three years. 

Barnett also stated that the city of 71,000 builds and designs more robots than any other city in North America and includes a variety of cultures. It's enough to have landed the town on at No. 9 on Money magazine's top 10 list of best places to live in the United States. 

"To espouse that the people of our community are, as she suggested, simple or basic, I think is just misguided,'" Barnett told Local 4

In the end, Barnett invited Madonna back to Rochester Hills "to see who we are and what we believe in." 

He continued, "While we certainly don't need your stamp of approval, I am quite confident we would earn it."

Read the full letter here.  

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.

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