Madonna had some choice words about her recent New York Times profile
On Thursday, the New York Times released a lengthy profile on Madonna. The singer quickly hit back on Instagram, accusing the writer of fixating on her age, looks, and other superficial details. She added that she felt “raped” by the article and had some choice words about the patriarchy.
Madonna posted a selection of pictures from the magazine photoshoot, along with a candid take on why she was so disappointed and frustrated by the article.
“The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people don’t get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains and never ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!” she wrote.
Madonna pointed her finger directly at the writer and accused her of presenting herself as a feminist, but instead choosing to tear women down.
“Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists,” she wrote. “Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her. It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19.” She added that she’s going to continue to use her platform to stand up for women.
“DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society,” she wrote. “I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”
Some selections from the article that focused on her age included the use of the phrases “aging musicians” and “old-lady nihilism.” The piece also commented specifically on Madonna’s looks, noting: “Despite unforgiving paparazzi shots of the work on her face, she was shockingly beautiful up close.”
This isn’t the first time that the singer has spoken out against ageism. During an interview with British Vogue in May, she said that she’s been experiencing discrimination as she gets older.
“People have always been trying to silence me for one reason or another, whether it’s that ‘I’m not pretty enough’, ‘I don’t sing well enough’, ‘I’m not talented enough’, ‘I’m not married enough’, and now it’s that ‘I’m not young enough’,” Madonna noted. “So they just keep trying to find a hook to hang their beef about me being alive on. Now I’m fighting ageism and being punished for turning 60.”
She added that’s she’s going to keep doing what she’s doing and paving her own way through the industry. “There are no living role models for me,” the singer said. “Because nobody does what I do…. Being a single parent of six children, I continue to be creative and be an artist and be politically active, to have a voice, to do all the things that I do. So I mean, there isn’t anybody in my position.”
So, basically, Madonna is gonna keep being Madonna, dammit.