5 Times Madonna Was a Badass & Said Exactly What She Was Thinking

Madonna is no stranger to expressing exactly how she’s feeling. In front of a crowd of protestors at the Women’s March on Washington (and, in turn, in front of a worldwide audience, as her words unsurprisingly made headlines, stat), the pop icon flat-out admitted to being outraged over the political state of the U.S: “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” she said at the Jan. 21 event, where it’s estimated that more than 400,000 people gathered to march for women’s rights.

That heated line was only a small part of her fiery speech, and it was one that she later said was taken out of context by the media. Her full speech was one of preaching love, hope and action, but it still takes a rebel to say those controversial words in public.

Simply put, Madonna is a badass. In light of her being the talk of pop culture and politics this weekend, let’s look at five times the Queen of Pop pushed the boundaries — and did it well.

Madonna performs during the rally at the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.  

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That Fiery Rally Speech, Featuring a Few F-Bombs on Live TV

In Madonna’s speech at the Women’s March on Washington, she urged people to “say yes, we are ready” to start a revolution in the name of freedom and equality. She also dropped a handful of expletives during its live broadcast, leading at least two networks to cut away from it. (Three expletives, for those keeping score: “It took us this darkness to wake us the f— up,” “And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything, f— you,” and, for good measure, another “F— you.”)

What raised even more eyebrows, of course, was her comment about “blowing up the White House.” Of course, anyone who listened to her speech in full — rather than just skimming over a sensational headline — knows she went on to say that violence is not the path one should take: “But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair,” she said. 

A day after the speech, rumors swirled that the Secret Service may be investigating her comments. Still, Madonna did not take a step back or apologize for her remarks; instead, she took to Instagram to defend her discussion: “I came and performed ‘Express Yourself’ and that’s exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.”

Her Brutally Honest Acceptance Speech at Billboard’s Women in Music Event

Whether or not you’re a fan of her music, you have to admit Madonna has a way with words. At the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event, where she was honored as Woman of the Year, she opened her thank-you remarks with this zinger: “I stand before you as a doormat, Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer,” She went on: “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.”

In a powerful, revealing speech that touched on feminism, sexuality, her haters and more, Madonna didn’t shy away from any topic. Her conclusion? “I think the most controversial thing 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 every day I count my blessings.”

Declaring Her Plans to ‘Rule the World’ … Very Early in Her Career

The year was 1984. Madonna was invited to appear on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, on which she performed early single “Holiday,” off her debut, self-titled album released only six months prior. Looking at the big picture — she’d go on to release a dozen more albums over the next several decades — the future pop queen was still up-and-coming at that moment. It was this television appearance that showed the world just how unabashed this newcomer was.

“What do you hope will happen, not only in 1984 but for the rest of your professional life? What are your dreams? What’s left?” Dick Clark asked.

“To rule the world,” she quipped, without hesitation. Fearless.

That Time She Said ‘F—‘ 14 Times on the Late Show

In March 1994, Madonna joined David Letterman on the Late Show as his special guest. (Counting Crows were there to play “Round Here,” but let’s face it: Adam Duritz’s crooning will forever be overshadowed by Madonna on this particular night.) The conversation was controversial all over, but perhaps most memorable: how many times she said “f—” on live TV. It was fourteen, apparently, which gives this spot a special place in talk-show censorship history. Also of note: Madonna gave Letterman her underwear and lamented that he would not smell them.

“You realize this is being broadcast, don’t you?” Letterman asked. “Yeah,” Madonna said with a grin.

In a later interview, this time with Spin magazine, the singer addressed the episode and justified her behavior: “You can show a person getting blown up, and you can’t say ‘f—‘? It’s such hypocrisy. The fact that everyone counted how many f—s I said — how small-minded is that?”

Arriving Via Crucifix on Her Confessions Tour

Though Madonna’s said plenty of badass things, she’s also used performance art to get her message across. On her 2006 Confessions Tour, in support of her Confessions on a Dance Floor album, she emerged on the stage on a mirrored crucifix, adorned by a crown of thorns, for the song “Live to Tell” — a scene that ruffled some feathers among the religious crowd, who called the show “blasphemous.”

Madonna spoke out about the performance, explaining its meaning and insisting that Jesus would most certainly approve.

“I am very grateful that my show was so well received all over the world. But there seems to be many misinterpretations about my appearance on the cross and I wanted to explain it myself once and for all,” she said in a statement. “There is a segment in my show where three of my dancers ‘confess’ or share harrowing experiences from their childhood that they ultimately overcame. My ‘confession’ follows and takes place on a crucifix that I ultimately come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different than a person wearing a cross or ‘taking up the cross’ as it says in the Bible.”

“My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous,” she continued. “Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole. I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Madonna performs onstage during the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

attends the rally at the Women's March on Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Watch Madonna’s Powerful Speech at Women’s March on Washington

Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Women’s March in Washington to deliver a powerful speech to the hundreds of thousands who gathered in the nation’s capital.

“Can you hear me? Are you ready to shake up the world? Welcome to the revolution of love,” Madonna told the marchers. “To the rebellion, to our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger, but all marginalized people.”

“It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up,” Madonna continued. “It seems as though we all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would prevail in the end. Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end. So what today means is that we are far from the end. Today marks the beginning; the beginning of our story. The revolution starts here.”

Madonna also had a message for “the detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything.” “Fuck you,” Madonna said. “Fuck you! It is the beginning of much-needed change. Change that will require sacrifice, people… But this is the hallmark of revolution.”

Madonna’s unexpected F-bombs caused CNN and MSNBC to panic and cut away from her mid-speech. Both networks missed the singer quip that, “Yes I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything.”

Madonna then led the crowd through a chant of “We choose love” before performing a few of her tracks for the marchers, including “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature.”

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Elizabeth Alexander, Marilyn Minter, Madonna and Anne Pasternak at Brooklyn Museum – press images

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: (Exclusive Coverage) Elizabeth Alexander, Marilyn Minter, Madonna and director of Brooklyn Museum Anne Pasternak speak on stage at Brooklyn Museum on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Brooklyn Museum)

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Megan Mullally Says Madonna Didn’t Know the ‘Will & Grace’ Casts’ Names: ‘Why Should She, Who Cares?

Megan Mullally pulled a Karen Walker on Thursday night, dishing out all the best celebrity guest star gossip from the Will & Grace set during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The 58-year-old actress visited the late night show to talk about the highly anticipated NBC reboot of her beloved comedy sitcom. She noted that in its nine seasons on the air, Will & Grace, had a handful of A-list guest stars, including Madonna, Cher, Matt Damon, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, and more.

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One big surprise came when Madonna appeared on the show in 2003.

“We had a lot of other famous, movie star type of people but the pop stars were really interesting,” Mullally dished. “Everybody was really cool though. A lot cooler than you would think, like Madonna was very cool.”

The comedian added that Madonna was “really nice and really present,” saying the chart-topper was not a prima donna, despite her name’s implications.

“She didn’t necessarily know our real names in real life because why should she, who cares?” Mullally quipped. “Some of the cast were really offended, like, ‘She doesn’t even know my name!’ and I was like, ‘Who cares? Madonna’s doing our show! It doesn’t matter.'”

“So she’d be like, ‘Hi, Will, hi, Grace?'” Kimmel asked.

“Yeah, kinda, yeah, yeah, yeah, but in a nice way,”Mullally admitted. “She doesn’t need to know our names for crying out loud. She’s doing our show. Who cares?”

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Madonna on Trump: ‘We Have Gone as Low as We Can Go’

New York (AP) — Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.

“He’s actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go,” she said Thursday night. “We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have two choices, destruction and creation. I chose creation.”

The superstar, dressed in all black and wearing a shirt that read “Feminist,” spoke at the Brooklyn Museum with artist Marilyn Minter about art in a time of protest, among other things, in a discussion moderated by author and poet Elizabeth Alexander, who performed a work at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.

A clip of author James Baldwin, an inspiration of Madonna’s, played before the talk, as did her 2013 short film “Secret Revolution,” dedicated to people whose rights have been abused and denied.

On the eve of Trump becoming president, both Madonna and Minter vowed to lead protests against him, including attending Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington.

“This is the most frightened I’ve ever been,” Minter said. “The most qualified candidate who ever ran was defeated by the most unqualified candidate who ever ran, and it’s all because of misogyny.”

Madonna said that while she was “horrified” Trump won the election over Hillary Clinton, she now believes it was necessary.

“I do believe that Trump was elected for a reason, to show us how lazy and un-unified and lackadaisical and taking for granted we’ve become of our freedom and the rights that we have as Americans,” Madonna said. “I feel like people forgot what was written in the Constitution.”

She added: “They always say it’s darkest before the dawn and I feel this had to happen to bring people together, so let’s get this party started.”

It wasn’t all political talk. Madonna talked about her early days in New York, hanging with artists like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and how her kids are not the least bit impressed with her iconic career.

“They want nothing to do with it,” she said. “I always say with my kids, every day is a small crucifixion.”

Madonna also explained why she considers herself a feminist.

“I believe that women have the right to be treated with the same human rights as men,” she said. “I feel like we are still very far behind.

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