Madison Beer faced criticism on June 15 for comments she had made on social media about the 1955 novel, Lolita. The singer said it was one of her “favorite” books and admitted she was “romanticizes” it. However, she apologized after the backlash came pouring in. “I love u guys & I ‘m sorry,” tweeted Madison.
Lolita is about a middle-aged professor who fantasizes about a girl who is 12. After being her stepfather he finally becomes romantically involved with her. Despite the book’s controversial nature, Madison announced that she “romanticizes” it on her Instagram Live. “I definitely do,” Madison said. “But we’re not going to talk about that.”
“I didn’t write it. I just like it and don’t see it in the way others might. I’ve always known it’s a controversial book. But I’ve always said it’s my favorite. Because I just like that story. I like dark stories. Always have.”
Once the video started getting viral on social media and the critique came pouring in, Madison tried to explain herself further in a tweet that was now deleted. “People have their own interpretations of the book,” she wrote.
The hashtag #MadisonBeerIsOverParty has started trending on Twitter after Madison made her comments. Many people started to weigh in over why it was so controversial for her to show Lolita so much support. “There’s nothing wrong with Madison saying Lolita is her favorite book,” one person wrote. Saying, though, that you “definitely” romanticize Lolita-like it’s an abominable joke.
Once Madison apologized, she was urged by one fan to just “be careful” of what she said in the future. For that, Madison responded, “Yes and I need to be mindful of other people’s experiences and I apologize sincerely. I’d never want to hurt anyone.”