No matter one’s politics or feelings toward President Trump, it should be a simple thing to admit flat out that Madonna was the wrong person to speak at the Washington women’s march protest on Saturday.
“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I’m outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything,” Madonna told the crowd to a surprising amount of applause.
Madonna also dropped the F-word several times during her remarks, which were broadcast on live television.
The performer sang two of her songs, “Express Yourself” and “Human Nature.” During the performance of the latter, she changed the lyrics to say, “Donald Trump — suck a d***.”
Despite her ugly rhetoric and her admission to thousands about pondering blowing up the White House — Madonna then said her words were a calling for “a revolution of love.”
Madonna has never been known for her interest in engaging in level-headed political discussions — she jokingly promised oral sex to anyone who voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. But by allowing the pop star a platform and a microphone, organizers of the Saturday event allowed an ego-driven, attention-seeking celebrity to help define the tone of their protest.
Madonna’s vulgar words and veiled threats hardly belonged at this rally or any other. Such actions bring down the level of discourse and automatically destroy any legitimate cultural conversations that might take place.
It’s time people like Madonna stop being given the opportunity or even the appearance of legitimacy to speak at such events. Every chance she gets, she will use the media attention and public platform to make inflammatory statements — statements that in no way, shape or form should be part of serious political or cultural debates.