Friday, 9 December 2016

Madonna Delivers Brutal Truth During Billboard Honor


UPDATED WITH FULL VIDEO:


 I've previously spoken out about this, but need to say more.

Madonna was honored by Billboard as Woman of the Year at last nights event, and when she took the stage....

She delivered a speech that EVERYONE needs to hear!!

Speaking out on the ageism, sexism, and controversy surrounding her legendary career, the Queen of Pop held nothing back.

Including some tears.

If this speech ever needed to be delivered, it was now.

Thank you Madonna.

Read her entire speech below:

"I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer," Madonna said. "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."

Recalling her life as a teenager when she first moved to New York: 

"People were dying of AIDS everywhere. It wasn’t safe to be gay, it wasn’t cool to be associated with the gay community," Madonna recalled. "It was 1979 and New York was a very scary place. In the first year I was held at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat and I had my apartment broken into and robbed so many times I stopped locking the door. In the years that followed, I lost almost every friend I had to AIDS or drugs or gunshots."


"In life there is no real safety except for self-belief."
"I was of course inspired by Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde and Aretha Franklin, but my real muse was David Bowie. He embodied male and female spirit and that suited me just fine. He made me think there were no rules. But I was wrong. There are no rules -- if you're a boy. There are rules if you're a girl,"  
"If you're a girl, you have to play the game. You're allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don’t act too smart. Don’t have an opinion that's out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and definitely not played on the radio."
Madonna also opened up about the time in her life when she felt "like the most hated person on the planet," she said, as she became emotional.. 
"Eventually I was left alone because I married Sean Penn, and not only would he would bust a cap in your ass, but I was off the market. For a while I was not considered a threat. Years later, divorced and single -- sorry Sean -- I made my Erotica album and my Sex book was released. I remember being the headline of every newspaper and magazine. Everything I read about myself was damning. I was called a whore and a witch. One headline compared me to Satan. I said, 'Wait a minute, isn't Prince running around with fishnets and high heels and lipstick with his butt hanging out?' Yes, he was. But he was a man.
"This was the first time I truly understood women do not have the same freedom as men," 
"I remember wishing I had a female peer I could look to for support. Camille Paglia, the famous feminist writer, said I set women back by objectifying myself sexually. So I thought, 'oh, if you're a feminist, you don't have sexuality, you deny it.' So I said 'fuck it. I'm a different kind of feminist. I'm a bad feminist.'"
"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."
"What I would like to say to all women here today is this: Women have been so oppressed for so long they believe what men have to say about them. They believe they have to back a man to get the job done. And there are some very good men worth backing, but not because they're men -- because they're worthy. As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other's worth. Seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to collaborate with, to be inspired by, to support, and enlightened by," she urged. 
"It's not so much about receiving this award as it is having this opportunity to stand before you and say thank you,"
"Not only to the people who have loved and supported me along the way, you have no idea...you have no idea how much your support means," she said, tearing up for the second time. "But to the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not -- your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today. It made me the woman that I am today. So thank you."

130 comments:

  1. Well done @Madonna All women and feminiSt men must mentor and support one another Million woman march Jan 21 Be there

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  2. Madonna your stength and self assurance amaze and inspire me. Thank you.

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  3. She is the Queen of Pop, because of her talent and her humility.
    She is an inspiration for all and there will never be another one like her. ❤

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  4. She is the reason Trump got in office. The offer of a blowjob if you voted for Hillary made everyone vote Trump just to miss the risk of catching something......Hahaha!

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    1. I love it when people make a statement like you just did....but remain Anonymous...very brave.....

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    2. So, Trump fans even have to make a Madonna speech about her journey and how hard it was along the way about Donald 'the asshole' Trump. Take your toys and go home you anonymous piece of human waste. Good luck ever getting a blowjob, but, maybe Trump will accommodate you.

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    3. Way to make her point for her, asshole

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    4. she's disgusting, cannot carry a tune, and the labelling people do of her is her own fucking fault. oh, i feel so sorry for you madonna, you and your riches and unclassy trashy behavior. own your sluttiness indeed. own it then and shut er down shit pump.

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    5. Funny, I was thinking her speech want really about her and her career but about making women realise they have to take their place! I don't think she wants anyone to feel sorry for her. I don't think she needs it!

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    6. Really She us not to blame for Trump being elected. Americans can blame themselves for voting for a man who objectives women.
      There fact that they Republican party didn't have them balls to have him removed as a candidate speaks exactly of what Madonna says.

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    8. Anonymous is just another idiot male troll jerking off at the mouth...

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    9. Namaste beautiful soul. Keep shining your light x

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    10. anonymous,you need help,you rage is abnormal,you brain desease

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    11. Wow only 5 comments in before we get a misogynist and sexist comment, basically proving her point

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    12. Awesome speech. Too bad her music is such fluffy crap.

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    13. To those who are angry at negative comments...these people who actually have enough passion about hating this or that celebrity are truly pathetic; so, just let them do whatever pathetic thing they need to do to counter their pathetic lives - LMAO - to get angry at them is exactly what they're looking for. Just laugh at their foolish attempts and scroll on. Nothing is less fulfilling to these trolls then being ignored.

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  5. Madanna cipitalized extorting her male/female within her. It is wrong for her at thos point to further demonize men for desiring wo-man. Thoes individuals that committed rape or crime againt her hopefully were held accountable.The term Feminist is a gender specific term and should be abolished from the political arena whos position is to represent all the people male and female.

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    1. Men can be (and should be) feminists too. It is NOT gender specific. Anyone who fights for equality between the sexes is a feminist.

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    2. She's not "demonizing" men. She says very clearly that there are good men. But, she is calling attention to differential treatment and abuse that needs to stop. That's not demonizing.

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    3. You can't spell, you don't understand grammar and you're ignorant - no one is listening to your opinions.

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    4. If you think what she said is demonizing men, you have led a very sheltered life. Even I know this, and I'm a man who led a very sheltered life. Truth is not demonization, even if it hurts, is hard to hear, and upsets your world view.

      And if you really hear what she is saying, you will know that she is fine with men desiring women, women desiring men, men desiring men, women desiring women.... people desiring and loving people. You just can't impose your desire on someone else, be an asshole when expressing expressing your desire, object if their desire doesn't match yours, or complain if their expression of desire is something that you don't approve of. If we all simply started there, we'd be far better off than we are now.

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    5. Madonna gave a good message to women, but presented a rather one sided account in her speech - one of being a victim of abuse and derision - which may true, but from the very start of her career the adulation she received and still receives is so outrageously high (as with many celebrities: out of all proportion to her positive contribution to humanity), that surely she did not suffer so much from criticism. Of course I am sad to hear she was raped, but why should she be hurt about being called a "slut" when that's exactly how she behaved and what she deliberately portrayed (though apparently, according to her brother's book, in real life she is not like that at all - just an image).

      I watched an interview where she once said that the problem with her early career is that she rebelled against and attacked everything but didn't offer anything in it's place - a constructive alternative. That has changed somewhat, though she still hangs on to the "sex sells formula."

      She still uses sex to maintain her fame (though she doesn`t need to anymore and it`s hardly feminist, not to mention undignified) and for ego-validation (“I’m still sexy...") , while every spiritual tradition teaches we should raise our consciousness beyond the body and the pursuit of worldy pleasure; she preaches love and empathy for the downtrodden, but she deprives herself of nothing (living and traveling in total luxury and being extremely demanding about her special needs).

      Maybe that "sex-in-your-face" thing was "radical" back in the 80's, and "shocked' people as she intended, but really, it's not shocking anymore. She talks about how though she has a big ego, it no longer controls her. I think it still does. I think her highest point was when she did "Ray of Light" - which did actually convey a spiritual message. The problem with her art and her shows is that while she may be shouting to the audience "We Are One" (which she does) and about “love" they are bombarded with images and words that appeal chiefly to their lower hedonistic nature - even dark and "Satanic" imagery (like her Superbowl show or her Grammys 2015 show).
      At least she is using her fame and some of her resources to do some good work, like her “Secret Project Revolution” film. That's a lot more than most celebrities are doing. She is also creating jobs, as someone pointed out. Madonna`s music has given me pleasure for many years. She fascinates and inspires me. She`s an enduring example of relentless creativity, discipline, health-consciousness and living life to the full - on one`s own terms. She`s always a ''work in progress,'' striving to outdo her last achievements, but I also see she is full of contradictions.

      So, as much as I like some of her music, and admire some of her traits, I have to say that she is more an instrument of darkness than light. I don't think it's because she consciously tries to keep people down, on a lower level, but rather because she knows what sells and what appeals to most people. She's afraid to take a risk by REALLY going more spiritual (as if she isn't rich enough lol). Too bad - what light she could have done! Well, maybe the "material girl" will ''reinvent" herself one more time and surprise me.


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    6. Well Madonna, this is a perfect example of you stating YOUR TRUTH as YOU LIVED IT - with bold integrity and a courageous heart - and people are still going to comment on this speech and tell you you're wrong. Fuck 'em. You are a living masterpiece and I'm am grateful you were in this world showing women how to be honest and bold while I was growing up. When tough choices come up I always ask myself....WWMD? Thank you for your art, I love ya, girl. <3

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    7. Well Madonna, this is a perfect example of you stating YOUR TRUTH as YOU LIVED IT - with bold integrity and a courageous heart - and people are still going to comment on this speech and tell you you're wrong. Fuck 'em. You are a living masterpiece and I'm am grateful you were in this world showing women how to be honest and bold while I was growing up. When tough choices come up I always ask myself....WWMD? Thank you for your art, I love ya, girl. <3

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    8. Patrick, Madonna's work in the 80s paved the way for the artists today. Her work may seem tame by today's standards but if trailblazers like Madonna had not taken the steps they did to expose the hypocrisy and sexism that has stifled female sexuality for generations, newer female artists may not have had the courage to be their authentic, full, vulnerable, real and sometimes profane selves.

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  6. Excellent article but... to be fair: Janet and Mariah are also still around.

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    1. She didn't say she is the only one still around.

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    2. that's ll you take from that? I guess bc you're male

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    3. Janet (Jackson) and Mariah (Carey) are both significantly younger than Madonna, so they followed her, not she them. And she wasn't saying very last one alive, just citing major preceding similar (gender bending?) influencers who have already died.

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    4. Mariah?! What does that nut-job, self-sbsorbed, laughable diva have to do with this? HMiller

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    5. Neva, Janet is only 8 years younger than Madonna and has actually been performing longer than Madonna, singing with her brothers when she just a child.

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    6. Neva, Janet is only 8 years younger than Madonna and has actually been performing longer than Madonna, singing with her brothers when she just a child.

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    7. Oh Janet Jackson ! Well she's not in the same league as madonna !!

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    8. That was great . . . loved you on Car Karaoke

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  7. You were amazing when you were young and even more amazing now! You go girl <3

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  8. HILARIOUS!! CRYING SEXISM.. ABUSE. AND ALL THE REST YET ADVERTISING YOU'LL GIVE HEAD TO EVERY PERSON VOTING HILLARY.
    YOUR DISGUSTING!

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    1. Wow. Why are you all worked up about this? You weren't going to get a blowjob either way.

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    2. I'd it occur to you yet she was joking

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    3. No the world is disgusting shes just playing by the rules. This about her not trump or Hillary dont darken this with your miserable ill feelings. Hurt people hurt and until you can see the light that shines stop darken our doorstep. Your not better than us or madonna. We just dont know your secrets cause you hide behind your anonymous mask you are the face of every hater, racist, prejudice person that shames others for being themselves or those being free. Your the aliterate fuck that only looks for the negative word in this this statement and glorifying it as if fuck is such a bad word. Honestly curse words are just loud angry words that only the prudes give meaning to to look down on those who use it. If i screw bowel movement or sex its still fuck n shit. Damn or piss..it means i stub my toe painfully or urinate..lol but your a prude and i gave you many powerfully words to squack at..and over look tje content of this very important statement..so my hats off to the school teacher that endured years of trying to teach your aliterate ass.

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    4. I Like her music, but i think she tried to shock the world and succeeded, can't imagine why she was shocked when the world hit back. You dont need to show off like a slut and then cry because you get the truth shoved in your face. And when she stops wearing fur she might get my vote.
      As for apparently saying about head jobs? Well, i rest my case. Pretty disgusting!

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  9. Madonna is a pretty talented performer. I am sorry she had to suffer so much.

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  10. Madonna is brilliant! She has created
    Music in every changing period of style. If you don't like it, dont look or listen... it's not for you. But for those of us who love it, we are so very grateful for her existence and relentless creative works!!! So much love to you sweet madonna!!! All the way from Canada's arctic!

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  11. Madonna did not discover the gay community (hello Judy, Liza, Bette) and she is not the first artist, male or female, to have had brutal instances and difficult times. But she also charges $150+ for concert tickets where she lip syncs. She cannot carry a tune without autotune, she is a clumsy dancer and a rather poor actor. She deserves basic human respect, but I bristle hearing her talk about how rough life has been to her.

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    1. She doesn't set her ticket price. That's live nation. She already got paid for all tours past 2008. Also, she's made many albums before auto tune even existed. Never claiming to be the greatest singer or dancer, she's a performer and chooses to channel a commentary through her art to provoke thought, questions, and expose her audience to a different viewpoint. Take it or leave it. That's your decision, but you at least thought about it first. (Hopefully)

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    2. She does set her ticket price because of the guaranteed performance fees she insists on charging promoters. Nothing a promoter can do when an artist wants $1 million a night to perform. If she charged less (and she certainly COULD being that she's worth half a billion dollars), tickets to her shows would come down. She sets the ticket price by insisting promoters pay her that much.

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    3. I'm not seeing in the article where she says she discovered the gay community. She did help raise awareness about AIDS in the 80's when ignorant people believed it was a plague sent by God to punish gay people. Let's not discount that.

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  13. I cried because not only is everything she says right but I have also been part of the problem. I've judged her and found her wanting. It is brutal. Prepare yourself but read it all and evaluate how you've stood over the years.

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  14. Gee, I wonder why she's been compared to Satan. Horned guys, looking like Baphomet, dancing around her with flames in the background while she performs rituals right before our very eyes. If the shoe fits...

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  15. Yeaahh, Stick around! A shallow brook babbles the loudest, Madona. I love you no matter what they say!

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  16. More femifascist propaganda and lies. Women in first world countries are not - I repeat, are not - oppressed, and have less than men. Quite the contrary, they have more rights and privileges than men do. Fact.

    Femifascism however is a dying minority, one doomed to extinction in the coming decades and further on due to its toxic, anti-human, self-defeating misandrist hate cult bollocks.

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    1. Like rights to their own body, rights to equal pay, rights to freedom from physical and sexual assault from their partners, rights to freedom from unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. If you think women have these rights currently then you live under a rock. You are very seriously part of the problem. Educate yourself. I am a guy by the way before you call me a femifascist which in itself proves my point

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    2. How privileged you must be to not notice, witness, or experience sexism.
      Yes sexism still exists. The United States just elected a man who bragged about sexually assaulting women. People literally think it is ok to go around grabbing unconsenting women by their genitalia!
      The ONLY reason someone would be threatened by feminism is because they feel uncomfortable with loosing their status. Feminism is nothing more than women and men being treated equally. Feminists do not want preferential treatment compared to men, we just want to be treated equally.

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    3. I laugh at the Vattens troll.

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    4. Vattens has a Thor's Hammer icon. Probably "alt-right". I hope the Valkyrie deny you entrance to Valhalla. I'll send word to my sisters to be on the lookout for you.

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    5. Beth is completely right... it must be nice not to witness or experience sexism.

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    6. @ beth's comment: I'm not a fan of Trump (nor Hillary for that matter), but when did he say he assaulted women without consent?? He said when you're rich like him you can do whatever you want, which is somewhat true. His very comment was bragging how he could do that sort of thing, not that he necessarily did it and certainly not that he ALWAYS does it to every woman he meets.... The comment implies that he's welcomed to do it, not the other way around.

      What's wrong with accepting that women are often attracted to rich/powerful men who are assertive sexually? If a guy kisses you without getting a signed consent form is that assault?

      Take it or leave it just step off the bullshit. He wasn't condoning rape and unfortunately it is tough for some idiot guys to know when an advance is wanted or not, but to say that every sexual action needs verbal consent is to be moronic.

      Can you imagine a romance movie where the assertive male or female has to ask for each allowance? May I touch your hand? May I hold your hand? May I caress your hair? May I....

      There are plenty of reasons for disliking him without making stuff up.

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  17. Thank-you Madonna for your strength, courage and your unique induviuality
    Because of your spirit and talent it's inspired women like myself to realize how far anyone can go if they apply themselves and reach out of their comfort zone.
    Dare to be different!
    I love your music, your spirit and always have seen the brilliance of who you are.
    Thank-you foe not being a cookie cutter type woman!

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    1. I salute both you & Madona

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  18. I am grateful that the misogynists (Vattens etc.) and Drumf supporters have been few on this page :)

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    1. What the hell was mysogynistic about Vattens post? Literally every word he stated was unbiased fact. At this stage this modern day social-media driven misandry is not even comparable to traditional feminism. It's about destroying male/female relationships and undermining Western civilization.

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    2. Oh brave Anonymous - you have no idea what you are talking about and have no ability to even provide any support to your emotional driven hysterical opinion. Do you even know what unbiased or fact mean?

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  19. The spelling errors on here are too frequent to correct everyone!!

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  20. At least she didn't talk in that fake British accent.

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  21. She's amazing, seen her twice in concert, fantastic shows, and she's broken through many barriers, she's reinvented herself many times, moving with the times, whether you like her or not, you know that she's a force to be reckoned with, determined,ambitious, oh yeah, those are qualities that are revered in men but make people feel uncomfortable when women possess those qualities,...
    Why should she lower her concert prices, men don't,....
    In 1983 I remember reading that no one thought she'd be around for long, but she's still standing!!!!!

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  22. Breaking her brief statement up into four video segments is a really cheap way to deliver ad impressions for your sponsor, Chase Bank. I will never visit your website again because I don't need you wasting my time for the sake of lifting your own commerce. Fix it, marketing asshats.

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  23. Madonna was my generations female role model. We're still looking up to her, we're still fans and very much inspired.

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  24. Atta girl Mandona. You hugely inspired me with your grit. I grow up to you. I bite back too.Continue kicking them butts!!

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  25. sorry as someone that used her body and sex to sell songs she hasnt got a foot to stand on about sexism she created a massive problem with body image around the world

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    1. She didn't just INSPIRE it she brought hardcore porn to children's marketing . She has a huge following of tiny children and 10-year-olds when she released that sex book. She was the most famous person on the planet and instead of going in some direction that might've been some kind of alternative business frame that might have actually help women she just went hard-core porn. I'm sure some Gay men thinks that's great because a lot of gay men really believe it explicit sex should be there for everybody to see because in some parts if the GLBTQ community that's a big part of the culture. But for straight people that doesn't work. For straight women her model of how you hold yourself in society and as a celebrity has been really damaging. Plus Madonna can't act, sing or direct a film!

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  26. I'm sick of people saying woman can't act smart, totally wrong! Men like intellectual woman/ smart acting woman. Men can actually bully and can be mean to woman who doesn't act smart. Men can't stand when a woman doesn't flirt! Woman aren't allowed to not be flirtatious. An attractive, quite/shy woman can be seen as stuck up and men feel rejected. They hate when they're pride gets hurt. So flirt, flirt, flirt! And act smart.

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    1. It's not about men, making men comfortable or what men like. Good god I hope you aren't female, that's embarrassing.

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  27. Remember how she treated Sinead O Connor and other female performers? She was a hater and VERY unsupportive towards other women. The amount of work she's stolen from other artists is criminal to where she's paid out in court. Madonna hurt A LOT of women in her career. Her own makeup artist was raped and she's on camera laughing about it and slut shaming her . Now in her late fifties she wants relevance and attention in a millineal market that doesn't respect artists who are nasty and hateful. Madonna was respected for being greedy the way a Donald Trump 80s Wall Street business man was. Not buying that she can ever deliver the truth just marketing. The above is another marketing move now that last album didn't sell and had no singles that charted.

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  29. It amazes me how hateful people can be. No matter what you believe or how you choose to live your life there is no reason to attack other people. Stop being hateful and learn to accept others for who they are and not for who you want them to be. We are all one race and the sooner we realize that the better off we will be. Without love and tolerance we are all doomed.

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  30. I appreciate a good singer and Madonna's just an okay singer but with a lot of experience. So she's a good singer in that sense. More important, she's an artist and that's what's for sale. That's why she's rich. She earned it. BUT she doesn't seem to me to be a nice person. She's meaner than she needs to be. I've never understood that. So keep her in perspective. You can't take away her success, but it doesn't make her any more important than that.

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  31. Thank you for telling all this bloody, messy truth. For women such as myself who are "more mature" your story rings so true. I may not have had the dramatic life that you have had and certainly mine was not played out in the public eye comma but the pain, the injustices, the barriers, the demeaning attitudes were all there.
    Keep going, keep fighting - you mean more to us then you will ever know

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  32. P.S. I should add that I am well aware that she speaks the truth about how unfair media and virtually any and every industry is toward women. But I cannot stand the way she has approached all of this, as if she was some innocent angel in the middle of a room full of devils. Nuh-uh. She should have NOT just told it like it is about the industry but about HERSELF as well!

    Women are ABSOLUTELY treated unfairly online and in media, and it NEEDS to stop. But that speech of Madonna's is, IMO, garbage for the reasons I've pointed out.

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  33. "And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and definitely not played on the radio."
    I find this statement troubling coming from someone who has had so much plastic surgery that she's starting to resemble Joan Rivers.
    If she's not being played on radio, it might be because the music she's released isn't as good as it used to be. Just my opinion.

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  34. So true! Madonna has always been the star that made me proud to be female! Ever since I have had a lovely life - never feeling ashamed because I was a woman and always playing in the same league as men - and winning! <3
    A thousand thanks!

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  35. I love you Madonna. Keep on Keepin on!

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  36. Do you have the whole speech in the same quality as the shorter clips?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  37. I liked her in the 80's but not so much after. Never thought she had a great talent BUT I believe she was/is a brilliant business woman and entertainer which has gotten her where she is today. All this fighting, I don't quite understand. Differences of opinion of her talent and such is ok, but her speech was about what she went through apparently and now looking back on it as " not ok" . At least that's what I got out of it. None of us were there were we? No. So what is the real issue here? Her trying to fight for women's rights because she may have at the time in her young life, succumbed to " sleeping with the director" i.e. To get ahead? To me, it matters not. She made her way into a very successful woman and I applaud her for trying to help other women get ahead without " sleeping with the director" .

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    1. Madonna! You are such a love!!! Bless you! I love you!jeep on another 50 years! And more! Blessings! :) <3

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  38. THank you for being true to yourself, Madonna.

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  39. I used to know her tour manager who said that she was one of the hardest working performers he'd ever seen. He had a lot of respect for her for that and she is a true entertainer and businesswoman even if you don't like her music or style.
    A very thought-provoking speech: let's all be there for each other and with respect so that we become wholly equal. Gx

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  40. Loved this .. spoke to me on many levels .. and I agree with it .. xxx

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  41. I agree, except men have rules to abide by as well. No gets a free pass in life.

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  42. I grew up with Madonna and this was well-spoken. Amen.

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  43. Love and Respect Madonna! Thank you for saying what a lot of us are feeling! Ignore the haters and continue being you! 💟

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  44. Thanks for the entire speech - it's worth reading every word! (Everyone else butchered this speech.)

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  45. This was an eye opening speech and I appreciate what she's saying. But, she is talking lo like a victim. She is not a victim. She is a smart lady who knew what she was doing throughout her career. She fucked up many times and gave in to the persona of "fuck you,i am who I am and I don't give a shit what you think." I just think she should've owned up to the Times she did things that put her in the position of gaining the reputation she did. That is what a lady of class does. But she still feels she never deserved any of the criticism that she received. Thank you Madonna for vying for woman's rights, but fucking own up to who you are and your part indiscretions.

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  46. So at 60, Madonna was never a favorite of mine. She's just 2 years younger than me! I loved Joni Mitchell and all the great that came out of the 60s and
    70s. They were not afraid to speak up in song.I will say that this is the second time I've liked Madonna. The first was her Movie: Truth or Dare. I respected her drive .Not so much the music. It sucks getting old. Whether your a pop star or just a great but not famous former beauty like me. I'd fight for something here but if this Pop Queen can't do it I'd better learn to accept aging with grace. I didn't get all the fantasy and sex stuff. It was creepy to me. I never saw a man displaying himself so publically. The trend took a lot out of the art of love and the mystery of lovemaking in my
    opinion. Kids behavior stunned me when I had my kids. I found Michael Jackson's crotch grabbing insane. I am not a prude at all. Not even close. I just have my feelings about overt in your face porn like behavior. I'm no fan of graphical musical sexual content, guns, murder, and anger in rap. I don't care how you explain it too me. It makes it something to dance to. Sorry. Mixed messages. Those who don't get it are too lost in it. Absence of respect and dignity in culture. 58- 60 and up can be sexy but it's not generally thought of. We're getting old. What else can happen when you live long enough?. Youth and beauty are always the star as they should be. They are our children. No plastic surgeon can change truth. Dignity people!

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  47. this is strange. I wonder if it's a typo or if madonna really is this spectacularly misinformed. she says this:
    "Camille Paglia, the famous feminist writer, said I set women back by objectifying myself sexually. So I thought, 'oh, if you're a feminist, you don't have sexuality, you deny it.' So I said 'fuck it. I'm a different kind of feminist. I'm a bad feminist.'"

    Camille Paglia most definitely did NOT say that. in fact she said the EXACT OPPOSITE of that. how can Madonna not know this??? Camille was Madonna's greatest defender at the time and in fact, in a famous article for the NY Times in 1990 Camille declared that Madonna was the only REAL feminist around!

    "Madonna is the true feminist. She exposes the puritanism and suffocating ideology of American feminism, which is stuck in an adolescent whining mode. Madonna has taught young women to be fully female and sexual while still exercising total control over their lives. She shows girls how to be attractive, sensual, energetic, ambitious, aggressive and funny -- all at the same time."
    -Camille Paglia

    how could madonna make such a stupid mistake in her speech?

    http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/14/opinion/madonna-finally-a-real-feminist.html

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  48. Your brains gotta hurt. Peple put too much of themselves in to looking into other peoples lives. She won woman of the year. It was a humble speech. Just let it go.

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  50. Wow... Just wow! Thank you for Madonna for not being the status quo, for not fitting neatly into a box or a label. You have led the way for many of us that don't conform, even if we are not stars or singers. Thank you.

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  51. I have been a fan of Madonna for many years. Personality wise, she appears to have used sex to sell her music & has been quoted as very controlling. My take on Madonna is that she still craves the same sexual power she had when she was younger and the benefits of fame and adulation but society wont allow it. I too am a feminist but madonna cant just wear that label now to somehow 'allow' her to gain support. I agree with her opinion that women should not be called names etc but being realistic she can't change society's views, she will just encourage haters to continue as they can see their comments are affecting her. This is what they want. She is giving their comments credibility.
    If she really wants respect for who she is then she needs to act respectfully and stop making sexual statements as otherwise she is just presenting herself as a contradiction.

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  52. Thank you for being the most inspiring amd strongest woman in the modern world. Thank you for accepting this award so you could remind women who and what they are. Your few words will make massive changes after women ( and men) have an oportunity to really understand what you said. Continue to enjoy health, happiness, love and bad-assing, sassy woman. From a "True blue" Aussie.

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  53. Thank you Madonna for years of quality entertainment...you continue to be you! Some people are just jealous they are not capable of being that. You are still rocking me in Montana! :)

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  54. Madonna, you're a great role model for men too, and especially men who want to be feminists and don't know how or we're told they can't be feminists. I'm taking your advice, find strong women and support them!!!

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  55. Madonna could stick around as long as, if not longer than Mick Jagger and continue being a great sex symbol, role model, business woman and on and on...

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  56. Thank you so much for sticking around Madonna , it's time for women to take back the power they have given away and you inspire us all

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  57. Well said Madonna. Know that you loved, and admired and respected. One point though is that Camille Paglia is no feminist, certainly not any feminism I identify with, so please don't equate her with Feminism and bad mouth all those women out there working so hard to end oppression and free womankind from exactly the bullshit you so beautifully called out.

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  58. Truth! Well said. And don't forget Cindy Lauper--another "bad" feminist.

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  59. She is awesome, anyone who can run the gauntlet of stardom and say things like that is aces in my book.

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  60. Bitch! Iron my shirt and make me a sandwich!

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  61. I don't know whether to laugh or cry as I read Madonna's self-pitying blathering. The undeniable truth is that you use sex as a marketing tool more than any human who came before you.Now that you're worth a billion dollars, you can start moaning that everyone objectifies you because you're female. You very deliberately and shamelessly used sex every chance you could to keep your name in the media and make your billion dollars. Now you're complaining about how everyone views you and you're trying to attach it to woman's rights issue. All you do is constantly send a message to young girls that you need to sell sex to sell music. Joni Mitchell is right, you've set back woman's progress by a century.

    As for comparing yourself to other truly great artists, I almost fell of my chair laughing. You're not even in the same universe of musical talent as Prince, Michael Jackson, David Bowie or even Amy Winehouse and Tupac. These people were incredible gifted songwriters, singers and/or instrumentalists. You have a terrible voice that has to be heavily edited and pitch-corrected in the studio. For every album you've hired the hottest current dance songwriters to write the majority of your music. ...and these artists wrote incredible poetic lyrics about many topics other than sex.

    After they laid a foundation of talent, THEN they sprinkled sex on top.

    Good Lord you're full of yourself Madonna!

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  62. Implying that David Bowie and Prince had an easy life and were universally accepted.
    And enforcing the idea that women are universal victims and men are universal criminals.
    Oh and how can we forget that women are forever oppressed.

    Now stories like this do need to be heard and acknowledged. However making such sweeping generalisations is no better than the sexism you claim to oppose. That is just keeping the mechanics the same and just putting men at the receiving end.

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    Madonna just gave her first speech for the presidential candidacy of 2020.
    You heard it here first.
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  64. WHAT is she wearing?!

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  65. When does Madonna begin giving the blowjobs to the 55 million people who wasted their votes on Hillary?

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  66. Well bloody done!!! I am a woman and an artist in this business and it is one hard slog when you are independent, strong minded and unwilling to compromise your sound, your voice or your body JUST because you are female. We still have so far to go, but your speech has done so much to help us feel like we're not alone and we are fighting together. Very proud of you!!!

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  67. What is the difference between offering blowjobs to voters if they vote in a certain way and grabbing pussy? Both statements by Billionaires? Which cunt cheeto speaks for you?

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  68. The Greatest Propagandist since the Third Reich strikes again.Self-Promotion,to the extreme.What she lacks in artistic talent,she has long since compensated for with self-promotion talent.

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