Madonna is No Feminist by Stephen Blease (2018)

Madonna is No Feminist
by Stephen Blease, August 2018

Excerpts:

[Madonna relied on her sexuality to get attention and sell her albums]

….This sums up neatly my problem with Madonna. It was her 60th birthday last week, and all the coverage was about what a strong, successful, trailblazing “empowered” woman she is, and such a great role model for girls.

….She’s certainly a great example of how far you can get and rich you can become on a modest amount of talent.

But her self-promotion was always based on sexual explicitness. She never released a single without dressing in suspenders or a conical bra, flaunting her flesh, dancing provocatively and making near-pornographic videos.

Just visible on the Like A Virgin cover is the belt she is wearing, emblazoned with the words “Boy Toy”.

Surely that is the exact opposite of feminism and female empowerment?

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Cher Says She Never Wants to Duet With Madonna (2018)

Cher disses Madonna as she plays Five Second Rule game with Ellen DeGeneres

Cher Reminds Everyone She Doesn’t Like Madonna By Dissing Her On ‘Ellen’

September 24, 2018

The pop icons’ decades-long feud may very well be on again.

The odds of Cher and Madonna finally doing a duet together are looking about as good as the “Believe” singer tweeting without a single emoji. In other words, it’s not happening.

The “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” star stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Monday to talk about her new ABBA cover album, but ended up reigniting her long-dormant feud with the Material Girl.

During a segment called “5 Second Rule,” Cher was asked to answer a variety of questions as a clock ticked away, and when she was tasked with choosing three celebrities she wants to duet with, the game took a delightfully shade-filled turn.

“Oh, Adele, Pink, and, uh, um, not Madonna,” she said right out of the gate.

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Nile Rodgers: Lady Gaga’s More Respectful Than Madonna

Nile Rodgers: Lady Gaga’s More Respectful Than Madonna

I am not surprised by this.

Madonna has had a long history of being rude and inconsiderate towards her friends, family, fans, and co-workers, going back to the 1980s (examples here and here, especially under the 1980s section).

By contrast, I’ve never gotten a bitchy or catty vibe off Lady Gaga.

Additionally, I’ve not yet read of any incidents or anecdotes indicating that Gaga is regularly hateful, entitled, rude, spoiled, or demanding towards others, or has a pattern of that behavior, where-as very early in her career (by the early to mid 1980s), Madonna is already on record for behaving in that manner.

Nile Rodgers: Lady Gaga’s more respectful than Madonna

Excerpts:

September 2018
By Celebretainment

Nile Rodgers says Lady Gaga was more “respectful” as an artist than Madonna in the studio.

The Chic frontman teamed up with the 32-year-old star on a cover version of his band’s 1978 disco anthem ‘I Want Your Love’ for their first album in 24 years, ‘It’s About Time’, and he said she showed a lot of appreciation for working with the music legend than the 60-year-old Queen of Pop.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said: “Gaga’s a different kind of animal.

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Madonna Made the 2018 VMAs Aretha Franklin Memorial All About Herself

Madonna Made the 2018 VMAs Aretha Franklin Memorial All About Herself

Madonna has been self-absorbed for ages now. One of several reasons I have disliked her, going back to the 1980s, was due to this narcissism and arrogance.

I can’t say as though I am surprised Madonna took what was meant to be an opportunity to honor Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin after Franklin’s passing, when Mtv presented a memorial of sorts to Franklin during the 2018 VMAs (video music awards) program, but that is exactly what she did.

In the past, Madonna also fumbled the Prince tribute after Prince’s passing, and when she spoke of Michael Jackson’s passing, she made that all about herself as well.

Shortly after that cringe-worthy Franklin tribute by Madonna, there were a small percentage of black people on Twitter saying that Madonna co-opting Franklin’s memorial to hype herself was an example of white privilege.

I myself am moderately conservative, so I don’t exactly agree with any and all of the liberal identity politics talking points.

Having said that, I wish those individuals attributing Madonna’s self-absorbed Franklin memorial to white privilege would realize it was far less about white privilege than it was Madonna being true to form: she always makes everything about herself.

In other words, even had Aretha Franklin been a blonde- haired, blue- eyed caucasian, Madonna still would have referred to herself and her own career far more than Ms. Franklin’s.

Someone on Twitter alerted me to the fact that Madonna was not truthful during her Franklin memorial.

Madonna claimed that the song she used to audition for some French (or I’m sorry, was he Belgian?) producer when she was just starting her career was a Franklin tune (“Natural Woman”), but interviews with that same guy reveal him saying the tune Madonna chose was “Jingle Bells.” (Links to this information fall much farther below, towards the end of this post.)

(Note: a 2001 Madonna biography by author Andrew Morton (see page 75) claims the song Madonna used to audition at that time was the song “Happy Birthday,” not “Jingle Bells” but not an Aretha Franklin tune, either.)

The story Madonna told on the 2018 VMAs about coming to New York at the start of her career with only $35 in her pocket was debunked by her brother Christopher in his bio about her a few years ago (link to that farther below).

Here are links about the whole awful ordeal:

Madonna Made the Franklin Memorial All About Herself

VMAs 2018: See Madonna’s Bizarre Aretha Franklin Tribute

“Madonna remembered the Queen of Soul in a lengthy, elliptical speech before presenting Video of the Year”

Madonna slammed for self-centered VMAs tribute to Aretha Franklin

By ANDREA PARK
August 21, 2018, 2:39 PM

At Monday night’s MTV VMAs, Madonna appeared to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin before presenting the artist of the year award.

The singer stood against a backdrop that featured the late Queen of Soul, and opened her monologue by saying, “Aretha Louise Franklin changed the course of my life,” then talked about her own career.

She defended herself later and said her speech was not meant to be a tribute and that people were “quick to judge.”

Madonna’s Aretha Franklin tribute at the VMAs is all about… Madonna

    by MARY SOLLOSI
    August 21, 2018 at 12:21 AM EDT
    With this year’s MTV Video Music Awards falling just four days after the death of Aretha Franklin last Thursday, a tribute to the legendary soul singer was in order for the show.
    Madonna (whose 60th birthday also happened to be last Thursday) was on hand to present the award for Video of the Year at the end of the ceremony, and MTV called on the Queen of Pop to honor the late Queen of Soul during her moment onstage.
    Before awarding the Moon Person statuette to Camila Cabello for the “Havana” music video, the Material Girl told a long-winded story about the early days of her career.

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