Madonna has just given one of the most provocative (and some say powerful) interviews of her career to Billboard, who put her on their cover after naming the Queen of Pop "Woman of the Year." In the interview, Madonna talked about woman-on-woman hate.
"Women's nature is not to 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. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation."Madonna also speaks about the ageism she experiences.Madonna is sick and tired of people telling her how she should dress or act at her age. [Image by Larry Busacca/Getty Images]
"I don't care. It's the rest of society that cares. I don't ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important. Can a teenager relate to that? Probably not, " Madonna said, adding that age is only brought up with regard to women and that it's connected to sexism, chauvinism, and misogyny.
There are a lot of mixed comments regarding Madonna's interview, which means she may have done her job. Some feel that Madonna is at her best when she sparks conversation, whether people agree with what she says or not. Here are some of Madonna's most provocative interviews.
ABC News (December, 1990)Some of Madonna's fans believe this Nightline interview is her best one ever, especially since she defended homosexuality at a time when the gay community was almost universally maligned. She was angry that MTV banned her video for "Justify My Love."
"Let's not by hypocrites about this. Let's not have double standards. Why do they have a problem with two consenting adults displaying affection for each other regardless of their sexuality?" she asked Forrest Sawyer after indicating that MTV has no problems playing extremely violent videos as well as those which degrade women.
MTV (1991)In May of 1991, Madonna sat down with MTV's Kurt Loder for a special called Dinner with Madonna, which caused a huge uproar after Madonna talked about how homophobia is a huge problem in the United States as well as the rest of the world.
"It's unfortunate that there aren't more outspoken people on gay rights in powerful positions, and it's unfortunate that saying somebody's gay is such a frightening thing in the world today," the Queen of Pop said, adding that if people are disgusted by seeing two men kiss in her film Truth or Dare, then she is happy to be the instigator of their reaction.
VH1 (2003)In March of 2003, Madonna was getting ready to release her video for American Life. On March 31 of that year, an MTV article announced that the singer had withdrawn the video, which was filmed before the Iraq War had started. She talked more about the climate in which she had to withdraw the video to Megan Mullally in a VH1 interview.
She said that she wouldn't deny what a monster Suddam Hussein was, but she thought it was completely unnecessary to start a war, which would result in the suffering of many, including children. At the time, that point of view was considered un-American, and celebrities speaking out against the war were condemned. Just one year later, most people were speaking out against the war and expressed very similar sentiments to the ones Madonna expressed.
In the interview, Madonna talked about the dangers of the lynch-mob mentality that was taking over the United States and thought it was hypocritical.
"It's ironic that we are fighting for freedom in Iraq when we don't have freedom to speak our minds here," Madonna sadly told Mullally.
Some have noted that these past Madonna interviews don't appear to be very controversial or provocative now. But these interviews were certainly controversial when they aired. Do you think Madonna is a trailblazer? Do you find anything offensive in any of these Madonna interviews? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
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