Madonna Likes the Word "Bitch," Finds Fifty Shades Unrealistic

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In case you haven't read Billboard's interview with Madonna, then you should do so immediately. It's really a study in Madonna's worn performance of "Madonna." During the interview Madonna unfolds "herself on a white leather horseshoe-shaped couch," is "trailed by a servant," and decides that the interview should really be a drinking game.

While her servant pours tequila out of "an old-timey glass bottle with a black ribbon tied around the neck," Madonna offers her insight into strong women, the ever-present "word police," and cultural touchstones like Fifty Shades of Grey.

On her love of the word bitch:

The word police can f—- off. I don't want to be policed! I'm not interested in political correctness. The word "bitch" means a lot of different things. Everything is about context. When I first moved to England and heard the word "c—t," I was horrified. People were calling each other c—ts! And then I realized that, in that culture, it was different — they slapped each other on the back and said, "Who's the c—t, right, you're my best mate!" The word "f—-" doesn't just mean sexual intercourse. I mean, "You're a stupid f—-," "Are you going to f—- with me?" "F— off!" (Laughs.) Sex has nothing to do with any of those expressions, and the same goes for "bitch." If I say to you, "I'm a badass bitch," I'm owning myself, I'm saying, "I'm strong, I'm tough, and don't mess with me." If I say, "Why are you being such a bitch to me?," well, that means something else.

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On being asked about romance and marriage:

No, no. Stupid question! You can have a drink. (Pours shot.) First of all, everybody says it in America. What? Who are you talking about? Down it!

On Fifty Shades of Grey:

It's not very sexy, maybe for someone who has never had sex before. I kept waiting for something exciting and crazy to happen in that red room thing, and I was like, "Hmm, a lot of spanking." I also thought, "This is so unrealistic because no guy goes down on a girl that much." I'm sorry, but no one eats p—— as much as the guy in that book.

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Madonna: Still kinda oblivious. (Pours shot.) (Downs shot.)

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eisenbolan
EisenBolan, SJW

Unpopular opinion but overall I really admire.Madonna. She started in an era, the eighties, in which there were a lot of singers men and wom were overmanaged. She was essentially her own manager, Sure she made mistakes but she kept focused on her career. She shifted when needed and pushed boundaries. Her song Papa Don't Preach was not just a huge hit but a huge hit of a topic unheard of in top 40 songs amd that was abortion. She sang about inner stremgth and how the only one you can truly rely on is yourself. One song Like A Prayer went to the heart of sexuality and Catholicism.

Yes its easy to make fun of her mistakes and vanity the last decade or so but think of where she came from, think about her journey to this point. Think about the truly positive message of self reliance, trusting oneself above all others and to stay focused on your goals. She deserves respect for her legacy then the jokes over her vanity today. I truly suspect the Madonna who sang in the eighties who gave us great music, powerful lyrics, the books Sex and documentary would not like todays Madonna.