After Madonna Slams Hometown, Rochester Hills Mayor Writes Open Letter

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Madonna poses in the press room during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Madonna's appearance on the The Howard Stern Show last week came with plenty if 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, Mich.

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

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"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. 

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"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 invites Madonna back to Rochester Hills "to see who we are and what we believe in." 

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

Read the full letter here.  


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