For pop’s living legend, don’t expect anything less than something legendary. Her massive Rebel Heart tour is proof that at 58-years-old, she has beaten the odds and as she says in her own words, is “still standing”. Love her or hate her, you cannot deny her massive popularity that began in the 80s with her scandalous songs like Like A Virgin, that gave her an initial cult status boost, but also brought on a lot of criticism from conservatives who were rife at the time. Recently, her open political support of Hillary Clinton was not looked at respectfully, particularly because everyone concentrated on her saying that she would perform oral sex on those who voted first for the Democrat candidate.
Fact of the matter is, Madonna is here to stay. On Saturday, she accepted Billboard’s Women In Music 2016 award for Woman Of The Year. She was the toast of the night and when it came to speech time, she did not hold back. She may be blatant, but what she did was speak the truth, her truth and something that probably every woman in the world has faced at some point in life or the other, and continues to do so. Here’s what Madge had to say –
I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer. Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.
I was of course inspired by Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin, but my real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit, and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules – if you’re a boy. There are rules if you’re a girl.
if you’re a girl, you have to play the game. You’re allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that’s out of line with the status quo. You’re allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and you will definitely not be played on the radio.
I thought, ‘oh, if you’re a feminist, you don’t have sexuality, you deny it.’ So I said, ‘f*ck it. I’m a different kind of feminist. I’m a bad feminist.’
I think the most controversial thing that I have ever done is to stick around. Michael is gone. Tupac is gone. Prince is gone. Whitney is gone. Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I’m still standing. I’m one of the lucky ones and everyday I count my blessings.
Billboard will be airing their night to celebrate Women in Music 2016, so don’t forget to check it out and support women in the industry who are equal parts talented and brave.