"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.