Madonna delivered a powerful speech about sexism and feminism, according to Rolling Stone magazine. The 58-year-old “Like a Virgin” singer gave a brutally honest speech at the Billboard Women in Music event last Friday, and everybody is still talking about it.
When Madonna took the stage to talk about sexism and feminism, the singer seemed to have taken out all of her anger at one of the most pressing issues of our time. The singer, who accepted the Woman of the Year award at the event, started her speech by saying that she stands before the audience as “a doormat,” quickly correcting herself and saying “I mean, as a female entertainer.”
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Madonna thanked Billboard for acknowledging her ability to continue her musical career for more than three decades despite “blatant sexism,” misogyny, “constant bullying,” and “relentless abuse.”
Madonna admitted that she was inspired by such figures as Debbie Harry, Chrissie Hynde, and Aretha Franklin, but she was quick to add that her “real muse” was David Bowie, who passed away earlier this year from liver cancer.
“He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules if you’re a boy. There are rules if you’re a girl.”
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Madonna continued by saying that girls “have to play the game,” explaining that girls are only allowed to be pretty, cute, and sexy but not allowed to act “too smart.” The “Like a Virgin” hitmaker also added that girls are not permitted to have an opinion that doesn’t go in line with the status quo.
“You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world.”
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Madonna complains that women are forced into being what men what them to be. The singer also said that aging is viewed by society as “a sin” for a woman.
“And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.”
Madonna’s brutally honest and powerful speech was broadcast on Monday, December 12, on Lifetime as part of the Billboard event.
Last week, Madonna made headlines by saying that “women hate women,” according to The Guardian. The 58-year-old “Rebel Heart” singer admitted she feels betrayed by women for electing Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.
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In her interview with Billboard, Madonna described her feelings of “heartbreak” and “betrayal” in the wake of U.S. election results. The singer even went as far as comparing the fact that so many American women voted for Trump to mourning.
“I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, ‘Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,’ and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.”
When asked by Billboard to give her opinion why as many as 53 percent of white women voted for Trump, Madonna gave a rather blatant response and said: “women hate women.” The “Like a Virgin” singer explained that it’s in women’s nature to not support other women.
“It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external.”
Madonna also added that Hillary Clinton’s loss in the U.S. presidential election in November has a lot to do with “jealousy” and “some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation.”
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