Why I Hate Madonna: The Detailed Version
I have disliked Madonna since the 1980s, and on through the 1990s, to the present.
What exactly turned me against Madonna initially?
I was about 12 years old at the time, and I was at a friend’s home, walking through the den, when the music video on the t.v. set caught my eye. There was some trashy and unkempt- looking woman on the screen writhing around, running her hands over her body in a suggestive manner, and singing about virginity and sex.
I was totally repulsed and thought it was sick and tasteless; I honestly did not know it was Madonna — the same Madonna of Borderline and Holiday, who I happened to like. I asked my friend, “Who is that slut in the video?” My friend, of course, informed me, much to my shock, that it was, in fact, Madonna. My opinion of Madonna went down to absolute zero at that very instant.
Before going on, for a moment, let us pause for the disclaimer:
DISCLAIMER: MY USAGE OF THE WORD “HATE” DEFINED
When I say “hate,” I do not mean ‘hate’ as in I wish her any ill will.
I recognize that Madonna is a human being created in God’s image like the rest of us. As such, I have no desire for her to get run over by a truck, get eaten by sharks, or to choke to death on Cheeze Doodles, or whatever she eats (actually, cheese popcorn was one of her favorite snacks according to some celebrity trash rag of the 1980s. I remember my Madonna trivia).
To digress for a moment: Does she eat? It doesn’t look like it, at least not lately. She once told American talk show host Oprah Winfrey during one appearance to hype her ‘Ray of Light’ album that all she had for breakfast that particular morning was half a bagel.
When I use the term ‘hate,’ I mean it as in “I hate soggy spinach,” and “I hate algebra tests.”
Or to put it another way, I find many of Madonna’s traits, publicity stunts, and opinions annoying, hypocritical, old hat, tiresome, done to death, boring and / or sleazy. I cannot stand her. This does not mean that I wish her dead or maimed.
I provided the above comments so as to avoid whiny, immature, touchie-feelie, bleeding-heart e-mails from wounded or preachy Madonna fans who may drop me a line to say,
“But it is wrong to hate! Madonna sings about love! How can you hate the Queen of Pop!,” or
“How sad for you, spreading hate in an already hate filled world, I feel sorry for you!”
— the sorts of comments that would make me want to puke; usually, those are the sorts of sentiments written by 15 year old high school kids, and you’d actually expect them more from a Michael Jackson fan base to an anti- Michael Jackson site owner.
To this day, I find it inexcusable and unfathomable that for so many long years the American media, (and I would imagine the media in other nations), were constantly cramming Madonna down everyone’s throats. It is infuriating just to think about how we were subjected to Madonna around the clock for about a decade.
It was, to a lesser degree, like Iraqi citizens who were forced for years to look at paintings, posters, and statues of their dictator, Sadaam Hussein, on every freaking street corner and inside virtually every building every moment of every day. Imagine you are an Iraqi who hated Saddam but you knew you were powerless to rip down the Sadaam posters: that’s how I felt about Madonna media coverage during the ’80s and early ’90s.
At some point in the early or mid 1990s, though, I decided to ignore her as much as was possible (but it was not easy, since her face was consistently on the cover of every magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store). I did try, though; if Madonna was on the American television show Entertainment Tonight, I would flip the channel, for example, and watch something else.
Which is not to say that I ignored her completely; sometimes it was by choice, sometimes not. I did sometimes catch the occasional interview she gave, or I sometimes read a news blurb about her latest goings-on while skimming over the entertainment section in the paper.
At any rate, my hate eventually cooled down to moderate dislike, along with periodic bouts of strong apathy, by the late 1990s and early 21st century.
TWO PLUS DECADES OF MADONNA, MADONNA, MADONNA: I HAVE HAD ENOUGH
Madonna is the “Marcia” of the Brady Bunch household, and the rest of us are Jan Brady
I was a kid in the 1980s.
This means that I had to endure Madonna during my childhood, teen years, and now adulthood. I was approximately 12 years old when songs and music videos from Madonna’s self-titled debut album began airing on radio and television.
I agree with author Ilene Rosenweig, who wrote ‘The I Hate Madonna Handbook’: at this very early stage of Madonna’s career, she seemed harmless and even likeable.
It was not until Madonna became ultra slutty in her public persona, and it was not until the over exposure of Madonna by the media (the media over exposure being Madonna’s doing), that one began to sense that things had gone horribly wrong, were going downhill, and that Madonna was actually a monster.
At first glance, in those by – gone Borderline and Lucky Star days, Madonna seemed like an unoffensive, cute and perky pop singer with some catchy tunes and that was it.
At age 12, I personally liked the song and video for Borderline, which I was able to see thanks only to an after-school music video show that came on one of the local UHF – type stations.
My family did not have cable television at that time, and hence, no “M t.v.” (Music television). I was considering looking around for a Madonna poster to tack up on my bedroom wall back then.
If you were born in the time period of say, 1975 to about 1980, you were too young during Madonna’s glory days (by which I mean mostly the “Like a Virigin / Like a Prayer” period, which lasted from 1984 – 1989, but especially the 1984 -1986 period) either to
a) care too much about her or even be aware of her existence; or
b) to understand what was going on and why she was considered controversial
Your memories of her and her work during that time are bound to be fuzzy and somewhat vague.
You were still playing with Barbie dolls, Candyland, dodge ball, or swing sets during that time span, so you probably did not pay much attention to Madonna or watch as many “Madonna – infected” shows aimed at pop rock – loving “teeny boppers,” and, therefore, you were most likely not as affected by, or as exposed to, the insane Madonna hype that went on back then.
However, if you were an American pre-teen or teenager during the early to late 1980s (such as myself) and wanted to listen to pop rock and watch music videos, (as most adolescents do), you had no choice but to watch and listen to Madonna.
And Madonna was everywhere.
I know that the Bible says only God is capable of that feat, but jeeze, the woman seemed omnipresent.
Yes, during the early to mid ’80s, you would get the occasional Duran Duran, Prince, Men at Work, Cyndi Lauper, Van Halen, Police, Billy Idol, and later, in the late ’80s, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Sinnead O’Connor video or song, but you could not get away from Madonna.
Further, Madonna was not only in all the mainstream adult magazines such as “People” and “Time” (along with the truly adult magazines such as the pornographic “Penthouse”), but she wound up in teeny bopper fare such as “Seventeen,” “Tiger Beat,” “16” magazine or “Smash Hits” on a regular basis.
Stories about Madonna, or interviews with her, would routinely pop up on shows such as Entertainment Tonight and ones of A Current Affair ilk. She would make guest appearances, where she’d sing one of her diddies, on programs such as Solid Gold and American Bandstand.
She was in the newspapers (yes, I would sometimes actually read the paper when I was a kid).
Madonna was inescapable. Madonna hyped herself so that she would be inescapable. She wrote to a friend in the early 1980s that she wanted to go to New York to seek “fame and fortune.” To have her face plastered on as many magazines as possible was one of her goals.
As for the incredible amount of “Madonna hype,” I would imagine that the situation was probably much the same for those pre-teens and teenagers in Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Italy, Sweden, and other such nations at that time. You too were probably hit over the head constantly and deluged wiith interview after interview, photo after photo, and video after video of Plague Madonna.
Since I am an American, and since Madonna is an American who began her career in America, though, I am assuming that the press coverage here in the U.S.A. was ten times worse than elsewhere.
MADONNA: SLUT AND (Sub Par) BUSINESS WOMAN, NOT FEMINIST
I know a lot of ink, including that of the ‘cyber’ variety (I am referring to web pages) has been spilled on this subject of ‘Madonna: help or hurt to feminism’ (mainly by bi-sexual and lesbian grad students and bi-sexual and lesbian college professors, what is up with that?), and I will try to keep this short and perhaps write much more on this point later, but it is obvious that Madonna does not stand for womens’ rights.
Madonna stands for Madonna’s rights.
Madonna is not an innovator of anything (see other pages at this site for examples of her unoriginality), and she is not a crusader of female rights, nor should she be looked to, approached as, or studied as some sort of example of ‘Woman Making It In The World.’
Madonna is, rather, a publicity hound and a businesswoman interested in
a) making profits and
b) getting her gap-toothed, ugly mug on as many magazine covers and t.v. shows as possible, mostly since this helps her achieve point (a) which is directly stated above
I find it particularly appalling that some universities actually have courses about Madonna, and that some people with phD’s, generally university faculty, find Madonna worthy study material.
I find it especially laughable when these college egg heads expend so much effort dissecting every line in Madonna songs. I have actually found such research papers on the web. For the love of humanity, they are disco songs, nothing more. There is nothing to analyze.
Madonna does not give a crap about putting deep meaning into lyrics; she simply cares about slapping together a few rhyming words, sticking it to a dance beat, and hoping that 13 year old girls buy it.
I believe it was shortly after this time that I was informed that the bimbo in the Like a Virgin video was Madonna, or else it was during this time (1984 – 1985), that news stories began appearing about pornography magazine “Penthouse” (and I think another porn magazine, perhaps “Playboy”) publishing nude photos of Madonna, and shortly thereafter, more news items recounting Maddy’s starring role in a pornography film called A Certain Sacrifice that she made before making it big in New York City.
Also during the 1984 – 1986 time period, Madonna began making ever more sexually charged, offensive comments, such as referring to Jesus, whose image was depicted upon the rosaries she liked to wear, as being (paraphrasing here) “cool, because they have little naked men on them.”
I am not sure if it was during this era, or if it came during the early 1990s, but Madonna also began making sexually charged, offensive gestures, such as when she reportedly began rubbing crosses and crucifixes on her crotch while in concert.
Madonna tried to defend herself early on by saying things like, “Michael Jackson grabs his crotch in videos and in concert, but I don’t see anyone singling him out for it, but I get picked on for it.”
True enough, but several things can be said. I, for one, never did approve of, or enjoy seeing, Jackson grabbing his crotch in his performances, nor do I think anyone else did. The point that can be made here, though is that two wrongs do not make a right. Secondly, at the very least, Jackson did not seem to dwell on his crotch-grabbing antics. It always seem to be just another one of his trademark dance moves, like the moonwalk. Madonna, however, seemed to engage in crotch grabbing precisely because she knew it would offend people.
THE PUBLIC REMAINED DUPED FOR A VERY LONG TIME
One of the things that irritated me the most growing up during the 1980s regarding Madonna was that I seemed to be the only one who realized exactly what Madonna was up to, even as far back as 1984 when I was only about 12 years old.
I realized even back then that Madonna was intentionally creating controversy (especially if it involved sex or religion) in order to get free publicity, and I recognized that she would have to keep escalating her antics and act more and more brazen and offensive. This is exactly what happened, but I did not see anyone else catching on to this strategy of hers until the late 1990s.
It was as plain as day, so why it took so many other people so long to catch on, I do not know. Perhaps the American public at large had caught on to Madonna’s scam years ago, but the media did not begin to air stories on it until much later.
It absolutely made me livid to see the media and a segment of the public fall for Madonna’s con. It never failed: she’d do or say something tacky, and sure enough, it would be repeated in all the major magazines and show up in all the sound bites on the next day’s news.
I think the media over-estimated the public’s alleged interest in Madonna. I found the constant media coverage utterly sickening and irritating. During the early to mid 1990s, the over exposure got so bad that anytime Madonna changed her hair color, which was about every other week, she would get international news attention for it.
No matter how trivial or how inane, if Madonna did it, said it, or wore it, it would wind up on that night’s news. I do not think that Madonna deserved much of the press she has gotten over her career. She got way more than was necessary or justified.
Maybe there is a part of Madonna that actually has feelings and consideration for someone other than herself, so it is possible that she may actually love her children at least somewhat.
I honestly have wondered if the only reason Madonna had children (that is, daughter Lourdes and son Rocco), was for the publicity.
I would not put it past her. Madonna probably felt that a good way to grab some free publicity and alter public opinion of her would be to crank out a kid or two.
(As of 2008, I realize that yes, Madonna had these children for publicity purposes: witness the adoption a few years ago of David Banda, whose father is still alive in Malawi, Africa.
Her motivation was publicity, not altruism; she was probably also hoping to be patted on the head by her cult leader, Berg, for being a good girl.
The adoption of a little boy whose father is stil alive was all about her, feeding her own ego. April 2017: Madonna went on to adopt three more children from Malawi.)
Secondly, she probably cannot stand the thought of dying — having two kids to carry on her memory and DNA is probably a huge ego – booster for her. She can just picture Lourdes at age 40 writing a memoir about her, “Madonna: My Mother.”
In case you think me too insenstive or callous, remember, Madonna is a tremendous publicity whore. She has always been that way, and she has always been full of herself. You should read about some of the things Madonna did to other people to make her way to the top of the celebrity scrap heap and in order to stay there before judging me too harsh.
THE SPIRITUAL MADONNA
I am convinced that Madonna will say or do anything to stay in the lime light for as long as it takes. I would say that most of her so-called interest in religion is just for free publicity.
She obviously used Roman Catholicism as a prop in some of her created controversies.
I find it interesting that Madonna, in this day and age (May 2003) apparenently does not want the public to think of her as being a money grubbing, gold digging, shallow, snobbish, arrogant bitch, but that is exactly the public persona she spent years forging and crafting, (although I do not think that it was entirely an act. I do believe she is in large part an arrogant and greedy bitch, and that it was not all for show).
What does she expect if the public has this view of her? Madonna is the one who has stated time and time again about how one day she will rule the world, that one day, New York City will be hers, and she will conquer the world. If not always stated point blank, it always showed up in her attitude in public appearances.
Here’s a hint, Madonna: if you do not want your public image to be associated with arrogance and greed, then, duh, stop acting arrogant and greedy. Cease and desist with the “I”m going to rule the world” sort of commentary, and stop holding the snotty attitude.
I read Madonna once got quit huffy and bent out of shape when she could not get a restaurant owner to shut down his entire restaurant, just so she could eat there with some of her friends; I think this was a news item at some point in the mid to late 1990s. Madonna expects special treament.
All of Madonna’s latest condemnations of wealth, greed, fame and so on comes across as nothing but another contrived persona and an attempt at career repair. Madonna realizes that she damaged her career back in the 1990s with her oversexed lifestyle and has been seeking to repair this by creating a new, calmer, mature persona. (She finally admitted that the sexy stunts of the early ’90s was a mistake; see Lycos News: Madonna’s Sex Phase Was a Mistake [Admits Madonna] March 12, 2003).
Anyone who thinks that Madonna sincerely regrets acting like a bimbo, then, is very naïve and has not learned by now that her every move can be reduced to a public relations strategy.
Madonna is not only a trollop, but is phony. She is about as real as a plaid elephant. Lastly, (and since I document this on other pages at the site I will not comment on it too much on this page), Madonna is unoriginal.
I do not find it clever or worthy of admiration that she has, so often, copied off other celebrities or everyday people (such as homosexuals in dance clubs). I do not believe that such pervasive unoriginality should be praised.