at 4:22PM on Jan 25
I think the hatred directed towards Lena is definitely due to the projection of her Girls character’s traits on to her. While Hannah is annoying, narcissistic and self-destructive – Lena seems quirky, funny and sweet. At worst, she suffers from a bit of foot-in-mouth disease but I attribute that to her age and sudden fame. She’s obviously very driven and hardworking so I say kudos to her for her success.
For the most part, I support any famous person who is an out and proud feminist because there are so few of them. I read her book and it mostly made me cringe but it’s clear she has tapped into some sort of zeitgeist I don’t quite understand so I’m curious how her long-term career will shake out.
at 1:17PM on Jan 4
I guess I just feel that this truly was a misunderstanding with a lot of lazy journalism thrown in. One headline read that she herself altered the images and then everything blew up from there and it kept getting repeated. So the basic “outrage” was based on a false premise. These images only got scrutinized because people thought Madonna made them. If they had just remained on a random fan profile – they wouldn’t be getting national attention.
Now I agree that the images themselves are problematic and that she was dumb to re-post them without thinking. That’s why I think it’s important to remember her past history of caring about inequality, so that we can safely surmise that she probably didn’t have bad intentions, and therefore accept her apology as sincere.
I love Madonna but I also get plenty annoyed with her delusions of grandeur sometimes. I just hate when one false inflammatory headline creates these negative feelings all around. It’s my own personal pet peeve with the 24/7 news cycle.
As far as the point about her not being on the front lines – point taken, but I still do still consider her an activist in her own right. She’s done a lot to help shift the cultural conversation forward, even on issues of race, just by being her usual provocative self.
at 10:45AM on Jan 4
I really disagree that she was blaming her fans. She was just trying to make it clear that she herself didn’t alter the images – which was the headline of so many critical blogs. To me this brings up a larger question about what it means to re-post something on social media, especially for a celebrity. Because doing so clearly implies an endorsement of said item, but that’s not always the case. Either way, I stand by my opinion that Madonna had no bad intentions with any of this. She’s allowed to be excited about and/or promote her own album. Nothing desperate about it IMO.
at 12:15AM on Jan 4
Just as a point of clarification – Madonna didn’t alter the images in question. These are fan-made images and she has just been sharing them on her social media pages. Madonna has always been on the front lines fighting for equality for everyone so I honestly do not believe she is racist. She also has not laughed off the criticism at all and has publicly apologized for the misunderstanding about the images.
at 10:39AM on Jan 3
I just assumed she was sharing how people like MLK and Nelson Mandela inspired her while she was making this album. Like she feels they are kindred spirits, not that she’s “as good” as them. I agree that she does tend to get a little grand on her making-the-world-a-better-place stuff but I don’t think her intentions are bad. Still love her! :)
at 6:54PM on Dec 28
Outside of her die-hard fans, all I ever hear is that she is over-the-hill/washed up or needs to “act her age” or other rude, disparaging comments. She has to do something like she just did (going number one in 40 countries) to get people to remember that she’s still kicking ass in this game.
My point was that I think that she deserves that respect even if she never did another thing again. She’s earned it just for her achievements in the 80′s alone, but now after she’s kept killing it for 20+ more years, I would expect everyone, especially other women, to be a lot more grateful for the trail she blazed. She’s a one-of-a-kind icon IMO. One of the last living legends.
at 6:11PM on Dec 28
I couldn’t agree more. On the one hand I hate this kind of drama between any two women but Lady Gaga is no victim in this situation. She has been so blatantly disrespectful of Madonna over the years so she shouldn’t be surprised if Madonna has some issues with that. She should have tried to make amends a long time ago.
I’m obviously biased, because I love Madonna and can’t stand Gaga, but I truly think Madonna is owed WAY more credit than she gets. People take for granted how much she has contributed to our culture as a whole but definitely EVERY female pop star owes her a huge debt – especially Gaga.
I will take Madonna at her word if she says this song is not about Gaga but mainly I just wish Gaga had never been so rude to start with. Things might have turned out very differently.
at 11:03AM on Dec 6
Chris Rock knows what’s up. Have always loved him. He is smart enough to know how to break things down in a way that makes people actually get it. At least I hope they’re getting it because these are some depressing times right now. Doesn’t feel like there is any justice for people of color.
Was looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these two pieces Shannon – thanks for sharing! :)
at 11:02AM on Dec 1
Such a lovely, intelligent and fascinating woman. I feel so lucky to be a fan of hers since the very beginning – it’s like being in a special club. She is forever inspiring to me.
at 8:38AM on Nov 20
Here’s another interesting article on this topic-