Madonna is speaking out strongly against a new profile about her published in the New York Times Magazine, claiming that the publication “Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy.”
Titled “Madonna at Sixty,” Wednesday’s Times profile was written by Vanessa Grigoriadis, a journalist and the author of a 2017 book examining sexual assault on college campuses, “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus.”
One of the most eye-popping quotes in the story comes when Madonna tells Grigoriadis that she “felt raped” when her 2015 album “Rebel Heart” leaked online before its release date. Grigoriadis goes on to question the 60-year-old star’s word choice, writing, “It didn’t feel right to explain that women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically.”
In an Instagram post Thursday, Madonna stood by her words, claiming that her own experiences with sexual assault qualified her use of the wording.
“To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement – It seems. You cant fix society And its endless need to diminish, Disparage or degrade that which they know is good,” she wrote in the caption. “Especially (strong) independent women.”
Madonna lamented how she spent “days and hours and months” with Grigoriadis and regretted giving the journalist access to her intimate world “which many people dont get to see.”
“Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her,” she wrote about Grigoriadis. “It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19.”
The 60-year-old pop superstar ripped the writer saying she focused the piece 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!”
“Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists.”
Madonna ended her Instagram post by declaring “DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY” and vowing to continue fighting for women.
The majority of Grigoriadis’ profile is sympathetic towards the star, as she writes, “It was depressing that the younger generation didn’t seem to have an understanding of the way Madonna had used 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. Without Madonna, we don’t have Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and maybe even Janelle Monae.”
The Times profile previews the release of Madonna’s 14th album “Madame X,” out June 14.
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