We all know the Hollywood bubble is nearly impenetrable to the realities that exist outside it -- and those who dwell in its echo-chamber couldn't be less relatable to the American public.
Still, every once in a while, a celebrity will come out with a statement so absurd even the jaded among us do a double-take. Like that time when Madonna complained that Hollywood celebrities are too quiet when it comes to political issues.
Yes, in an interview for Harper's Bazaar, published on January 10, Madonna lamented her view of reality that only a “handful” of celebrities speak up politically. Newsbusters once again wades through the muck so we won't have to. Key portions of Madge's mind-bender follow below:
Upon being questioned by interviewer Roxane Gay, Madonna frankly admitted her art was political, “because I’m political.” The singer then cited her belief in freedom of expression, equal rights and female sexual liberation. No surprises there.
But Madonna shocked with her honest opinion that Hollywood was “quiet.” “I mean, nobody in the entertainment business except for maybe a handful of people ever speak out about what's going on,” she continued. “Nobody takes a political stance or expresses an opinion.”
Of course anyone who's suffered the myriad celebrity-packed, near-weekly public service announcements that infest our airwaves knows that Madonna's assertion couldn't be more decoupled from reality.
But, never mind all that. Madonna needs to tell you about how she "owns her own sexuality" (yeah, Madonna, we got that memo in 1983):
“I believe women should own their own sexuality and sexual expression,” the singer declared to Gay, who was clearly a Madonna fan. A self-described “good Catholic girl,” Gay noted that she reminisced about her childhood obsession with the singer in the days leading up to the interview. As a youth, she was particularly enamored with Madonna’s “blending” of “transubstantiation and eroticism” in “Like a Prayer.” Raised Catholic, Madonna claimed in 2015 that she can "go back [to the faith] any time I want and take whatever I want from it."
Madonna clearly shares her religious, sexual and political liberalism with many in the Hollywood community. And on election night, she also partook in the overwhelming despair that blanketed L.A. like summer smog.
“It was just like watching a horror show,” the pop star told Gay. To cope, Madonna read from the Zohar, while her friend read the Quran. “We were doing everything: lighting candles, meditating, praying, offering up our lives to God forever, if only,” she recounted.
With regard to the loss of Hillary Clinton, Madonna said "it's like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare."
Well, we were stuck in a nightmare for eight years, Madge. You'll survive.