What's Happened to Madonna?
Madonna is no stranger to controversy. The singer has been known for her provocative behavior since she shot to fame in the 1980s. So why's everyone making such a fuss over her recent antics?
Out of the Madonna drama loop? Here's a quick catch-up: In the past two weeks, the "Material Girl" flashed her nipple during a concert in Istanbul, was spotted riding piggy-back on her boy toy Brahim Zaibat in Florence, Italy, mooned an audience in Rome, and projected a swastika over the face of French politician Marine Le Pen during a show in Tel Aviv.
Even for Madge, that seems like a lot.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Deadmau5 — who's still upset at the singer's use of a drug slang at a concert in March — criticized Madonna for what he sees as her desperate attempts to cling to youth. "You want to be 'hip' and 'cool' and 'funky grandma'?," he said. "Fine. It's not my place to say you're irrelevant. If you're gonna come into my world, at least do it with a little more dignity."
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But the DJ is far from alone in his critique of the singer. What's interesting is that Madonna's recent "undignified" behavior isn't too different than the sexual and political expression for which she was once celebrated. Her seductive writhing on the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards stage during her "Like a Virgin" performance, the burning crosses in the "Like a Prayer" music video — these provocative moments are what made Madonna the pop icon she is today. So what's changed to make her controversial behavior incite such outrage?
Nothing. Nothing's changed about Madonna, and that's the problem.
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The day Madonna released her debut single "Everybody" in 1982, the original Dallas was on the air, Time's Man of the Year was "The Computer," and future pop star Kelly Clarkson was born.
In the time it's taken for Dallas to be become worthy of a nostalgic reboot, for our cell phones to far surpass the computers of the '80s and for Kelly Clarkson to grow up and release five albums, Madonna has remained the same, in-your-face, over-the-top provocateur as always.
Now, at the age of 53, her outlandish behavior doesn't seem groundbreaking; the ground has already been broken — by her — 30 years ago. Instead, while the world has evolved, Madonna has remained stuck in the '80s, trying to relive her glory days as a twentysomething, headline-grabbing hottie.
So put away your T&A, Madonna, go home to your kids and watch Antiques Roadshow like a normal 53-year-old. Or at least release some better music.
What do you make of Madonna's recent behavior? Do you think she should change her ways or keep doing what she does best?