Madonna is slamming her recent New York Times profile.
The lengthy article — titled “Madonna at Sixty” — was published on Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, the singer took to Instagram to criticize it. Madonna shared an outtake from the accompanying photoshoot for the piece as well as behind-the-scenes photos, and said she was upset that the writer continuously focused on her age.
“To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement,” she wrote. “It seems. You cant fix society And its endless need to diminish, Disparage or degrade that which they know is good. Especially strong independent women. The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people dont get to see, but chose to focus 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.”
“Im sorry i spent 5 minutes with her,” she added. “It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19. Further proof that the N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”
ET reached out to The New York Times, which declined comment.
Interestingly enough, Madonna also says she felt “raped” in the article, when she talked about songs from her Rebel Heart album leaking early in 2015.
“There are no words to describe how devastated I was,” she says. “It took me a while to recover, and put such a bad taste in my mouth I wasn’t really interested in making music. I felt raped.”
The profile piece — which opens describing her rehearsal for her 2019 Billboard Music Awards performance and notes that the singer’s stand-in is “younger and looked Asian” — in part focuses on how the singer is currently adapting to the pop music world, whose audience is skewing younger and younger due to the popularity of streaming. The article does stress her legend status, and Madonna herself is asked about being “creative, provocative and sexual over 60.”
“It’s almost like a crime,” Madonna says.
“You can’t win,” she later says about the struggle middle-aged women face when it comes to social media. “An a** shot will get you more followers, but it will also get you more detractors and criticism. You’re in that funny place.”
The writer also notes of Madonna’s career, “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.”
Christian Siriano wins best-view award at NY Fashion Week
If there were a best-view award at New York Fashion Week, Christian Siriano would win it. The sights outside the designer’s runway show atop Rockefeller Center were hard to beat: The Empire State building, the Chrysler Building and other Manhattan landmarks, just as the sun began to set on a cold but clear Saturday.
As for the clothes, Siriano looked to the future — the far-off future — with a collection that had an outer-space feel, with shiny silver metallics and highly sculpted futuristic shapes.
Even the colors were galactic: “Pulsar purple,” ”comet blue,” ”eclipse black,” ”astral plane ivory,” ”asteroid gray,” and “supernova silver.”
Siriano himself was full of apologies as he came out for his post-show bow, telling the crowd “I’m so sorry!” for the late start — a result of congestion in elevators leading up to the venue, and lines snaking through the lobby at Rockefeller Center. He repeated the apologies throughout post-show interviews.
The celebrity guests didn’t seem to mind too much: Debra Messing, Billy Porter and Mariska Hargitay whooped with admiration as some of Siriano’s flamboyant designs came down the runway. Other celebs in attendance included actresses Christina Hendricks, Christina Ricci, Danielle Brooks, and Kelli Giddish.
“I’m thinking of futurism,” Siriano said backstage about his theme, “and what do people think about that, what does futuristic mean to everybody else? So mine was if you had to live in a different realm, a different world, how would you dress, and what would your social calendar be like. What would inspire you?”
The designer is known for the diversity of his runway — racial diversity, and also size — and said he remained committed, “because that’s who our customer is, that’s our world, that’s what’s out there. So it doesn’t make sense to not have that, all these different women. I think that was very important to highlight the range of beauty.”
Plus-sized model Tess HolIiday, who attended the show, said Siriano was “size inclusive and he’s one of the first designers to do it. He continuously not only shows up for our community, but puts on beautiful shows.”
Siriano said he’d just finished taping his first season as mentor on “Project Runway,” taking over from Tim Gunn, and working alongside supermodel Karlie Kloss.
“It was awesome,” he said of returning to the reality show, which he won as a contestant in its fourth season. “I love working with Karlie. I think it’s going to be really great.” He said he’d be bringing his perspective as a working designer to the show’s contestants.
“I treat them the same way I treat my staff, my team,” he said. “Like, ‘Do you like that fabric? Do you think that’s right? I’m giving them advice the same way I would give my team advice.”
Siriano was full of appreciation for the vocal support he gets from his celebrity guests.
“Sometimes fashion people can be a bit, you know, they’re tired,” he quipped, “so it’s so nice to have (his celebrity fans) there to support me, because listen, they’re wearing the clothes. So even if an editor hates the clothes, I’m like, ‘Well that’s fine, Debra Messing is nominated for a Golden Globe and I’m going to dress her! So for me, that’s important. And I don’t know why other people don’t think it is.”
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