Rochester Hills Mayor sends message to Madonna

Before she was 'The Material Girl,' Madonna was just another kid growing up in Metro Detroit. Now she's slamming her Rochester Hills roots and the mayor isn't standing for it.

"I've learned that if you pick a fight with Madonna, clear your schedule cause it takes all your time," said Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett.

When Pop Star Madonna had some not-so-nice things to say about her hometown during a recent interview with Howard Stern, the mayor took a stand to defend his city. Madonna said the people in Rochester Hills seemed like members of country clubs and she didn't fit in.

"I was offended," said Mayor Barnett. "I thought she took swipe at residents of our community, to me it seemed like somebody was talking poorly about my kids."

So the mayor wrote a letter in which he politely challenged the pop star to think twice about her criticisms of the city that helped shape her.

"Well she called residents 'simple and provincial minded' so it took just a second to think about all the different things that our city is known for like innovation. We were just recognized as one of the top ten places to live in the country by Money Magazine and then just to list a couple of the residents who have done some amazing things to impact our country and our globe and I use the opportunity to remind her that she's in pretty good company with some great Rochester Hills residents who have made a difference," said the mayor.

At the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Madonna is one of several hometown elite who are part of the Hall of Fame, but will her comments knocking her hometown get her a pass to the Hall of Shame?

"Our goal always is to recognize most famous, most successful people who came from the Rochester Hills community. We're proud of her regardless of  what she said," said Patrick McKay, director of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

At the house where Madonna grew up in Rochester Hills, the current homeowner says she supports the city's mayor speaking out against the pop star's critique of the city.

"I was very impressed, he was covering everything very well, what he said they were good facts, he did his homework," said Erika Wilson Juhl.

In Mayor Barnett's letter he also extends an invitation to Madonna to come back to the city for a visit. 

"You are welcomed back, we don't need your stamp of approval but I think if you came back to see Rochester Hills 40 years later, I think she'd be pretty impressed with what she saw." said Mayor Barnett.

So Madonna if you're listening, the ball is in your court. 
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