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Madonna says she feels 'raped' by New York Times profile

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Madonna is trying to do what she can to reincarnate herself as a top-tier performer, but hasn't been able. I'm guessing NYT hasn't done her any favors.

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So Madonna is a man-hating feminist,eh? It sure gives a new perspective to “Like a Virgin”

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Her performance at Eurovision was abysmal.

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Madonna was an icon in her day, but it's a shame that she's evidently unwilling to fade away gracefully.

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calling the newspaper "one of the founding fathers of the patriarchy."

"Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her," the singer and dancer wrote about the author of the article, journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis.

How dare the patriarchy employ females in positions to do prominent work?? It's an outrage!!

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wtf patriarchy has got to do with it... ,maybe just pure and simple female envy

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Kinda like the Serena Williams of pop

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I feel 'raped' having read her stupid rant.

This word sure does get easily thrown around these days.

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Trying to stir up some drama and gain sympathy by using sensational words.

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Back in the early 80’s Madonna was all the rage, hot, poppy, the fashion icon and culturally important and relevant. Well, those days are loooong gone. Madonna, please take a bow.

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Her performance at Eurovision was abysmal.

Having absolutely butchered 'Like a Prayer' myself at many a karaoke box I now feel much better that even she does the same.

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As I try to understand how a person like Madonna feels 'raped' because of a newspaper article interview she desired to promote herself, I can't help but feel castrated, beaten, tortured, imprisoned, enslaved, sodomised... a bit much?

Madonna is a fool.

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She has just further torpedoed the credibility of many legitimate feminist movements, with her self-serving use of the R word at the hands of a female journalist. What did she expect from the NYT?

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Madge has always been polarizing. Overall I think she has had a positive affect on the culture. and she is indeed a difficult if not hypocritical figure. She took the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s that much further in the repressive and return-to-the-50s Reagan 80s. Pushing blatant female sexuality onto 80s TV screens and demanding that people accept that its OK and downright important that women be allowed to enjoy sex too. And express as much openly. She was not feminist in the 1970s sense (where many people seem to think it still sits). She was "feminist" in the sense of where it would go in the future. She very much helped it get there.

At the same time she also co-opted other subcultures seemingly not to spread the message but to spread her popularity and enlarge her bank account. Maybe this was to have a greater stage on which to spread her message and maybe it wasn't. When faced with situations where she could bring another woman down to further her own career I cannot say that she always acted heroically.

A lot of her criticisms of the media and how they have treated her because she is a woman and not a man I feel are accurate. This case? I'm not sure. I haven't read the article and I'm not that interested to to be honest. But Madge has always adapted to the age and era in which she is living. I think this is likely her doing just that.

She is no more hypocritical or difficult than the country she was born in or the era in which she is living.

I'm glad she was born though.

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I thought she was moving to Canada.

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Madonna was the absolute bomb in the 80s. It's a shame what she has become. Her low point was saying she was thinking about blowing up the White House after Trump was elected.

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I've never cared for Madonna's music. But she was a symbol of change and a leader of a growing female assertiveness in the music biz, back in the 80s anyway.

Problem is that unlike some other stars as they get older, Madonna doesn't have the musical chops to remain relevant anymore. And she's in her 60s, which makes it difficult to be that same generational leader she used to be.

If sher'd said "betrayed" instead of "raped" it might have made more sense.

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Madonna has a point about age. People are ageist when it comes to women. Mick Jagger who could be Madonna's dad can roll around on stage in skin tight jeans, twerk and be lascivious and the press admire him even saying he sings well. But, if a woman should do the same .....

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"It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19."

I’m glad Madonna has clarified just who is allowed to make that analogy. Can we now anticipate thousands of anti-Patriarchy third wave feminists going out to get raped for street cred?

@Speed

I feel 'raped' having read her stupid rant.

So do I, but according to Madonna we aren’t allowed to make that analogy ... not me at least.

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I do not want to be rude and I deeply respect Madonna's career as an artist and as a trend leader.

But to some extent she is the victim of what she own sawn of hyper sexualisation of an attractive young body. A big chunk of her success came from it while pushing off the scene other talented singers less "exciting".

I still find her great but I am not anymore a targeted customers, hence nobody care...

Just keep going as you feel!

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"her iron will to forge a particular type of highly autobiographical, uber-empowered, hypersexualized female pop star who became the dominant model of femininity across the nation."

I would say that is highly flattering of Madonna. The "hypersexualized female pop star" has become a dominant model, but only for female pop stars who post-Madonna wear far fewer clothes than Diana Ross, Aretha, Minnie Riperton, Carole King, Patrice Rushen, Stevie Nicks, and many other 1970s and earlier stars ever did. Madonna has never been anything as large as "the dominant model of femininity".

As for her using the "rape" metaphor....

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People will do anything to get their name in the tabloids again. She is irrelavant for a reason.

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Madonna has a point about age. People are ageist when it comes to women. Mick Jagger who could be Madonna's dad can roll around on stage in skin tight jeans, twerk and be lascivious and the press admire him even saying he sings well. But, if a woman should do the same .....

She and Deborah Harry of Blondie were pioneers in this regard.

I've never cared for Madonna's music. 

What! Open Your Heart? Beautiful Stranger? Don't care for those? Jeez...

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So she invites the media in to boost her flagging career with the publicity she has always craved, when the female reporter didn’t follow the script she condemns both the reporter and the media (which she wouldn’t have said a word against if they had written a puff piece boosting her career) with inaccurate and deliberately emotive language so as to generate the publicity she craves

The old performers saying is still true “all publicity is good publicity”

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She’s still good at manipulating the media to her advantage.

She’s always been a sharp operator. Respect.

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Why not just leave her alone! We all get old and reach our use by date, Do we want a newspaper to high light our age?

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@Lamilly, exactly who is avoiding using the term old with Mick Jagger? Dude looks like he's going to break a hip with every wiggle he makes. I'm glad he's still trying to make them though. And to be fair, he was already old when Madonna started, but still...

And you know what else? They ARE both old. Why is that such a bad thing to say? Who gives a flying frack? If you're lucky, you get old. If you're very lucky, you grow old and are happy. That's just the way it is. And all artists have a best before date, Mick and Madonna included. That's why they're not burning up the charts. Get over it!

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I can't get my head around this women actually working for the New York Times. And Madonna is the one that is inarticulate ? An age-Nazi 'journalist' like Grigoriadis, who writes sentences such as, “I realized I couldn’t ask her about anything as personal as menopause, but I had to broach the topic of aging: If I had followed her this long, where were we going next?” Or she was "shockingly beautiful" up close. Or "It didn’t feel right to explain that women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically."

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Madonna doesn't have the musical chops to remain relevant anymore. 

Really ? Have you listened to any of songs off the last two albums ? They are better than 90% of what is on the radio today and the only reason she isn't getting play is because of her age.

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She doesnt mind cheapening the word "rape".

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Kinda like the Serena Williams of pop

Except the early reviews of Madame X have been largely positive, in case you haven't noticed.

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Madge is just doing what shes always done. Making publicity.

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@The leak of her album it was used seriously. And she can get away with that as a rape victim. About the article on it she was clearly trolling the reporter.

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