Madonna got candid in a wide-ranging new interview with The New York Times Magazine, but it turns out she wasn’t remotely happy with the result.
On Thursday, Madonna posted a statement on her Instagram account slamming the article and its author.
She begins by praising the photography accompanying the article, shot by her friend JR, but then adds, “To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement.”
Madonna says that the journalist spent “hours and months” with her, but instead “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.”
She adds, “I’m sorry i spent 5 minutes with her. It makes me feel raped.”
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Madame ❌ on the cover of N.Y.T. Magazine photographed by my dear friend @jr……….Also sharing my fav photo that never made it in, along with pre-shoot chat and a celebratory glass of wine 🍷 after many hours of work! To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement- 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. 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 venerable 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 Canada reached out to the New York Times who responded with “no comment.”
In the article, the 60-year-old talks about having worked with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein when his company distributed her 1991 documentary “Truth or Dare”.
“Harvey crossed lines and boundaries and was incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together,” she recalls. “He was married at the time, and I certainly wasn’t interested.
“I was aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business. And we were all, ‘Harvey gets to do that because he’s got so much power and he’s so successful and his movies do so well and everybody wants to work with him, so you have to put up with it.’ So that was it.”
Madonna says that she was happy to see Weinstein’s downfall in 2017 after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against him.
“When it happened, I was really like, ‘Finally,'” she says. “I wasn’t cheering from the rafters because I’m never going to cheer for someone’s demise. I don’t think that’s good karma anyway. But it was good that somebody who had been abusing his power for so many years was called out and held accountable.”
The legendary pop star also takes aim at Donald Trump, explaining that his behaviour fits in with obvious alpha-male stereotypes.
“They’re overcompensating for how insecure they feel — a man who is secure with himself, a human who is secure with themselves, doesn’t have to go around bullying people all the time,” she says.
Asked whether women can display the same alpha tendencies, Madonna adds, “It’s good to be strong, but again, it’s always about, where’s that strength coming from? What are your intentions? What is the context that you’re using your strength in? Are you abusing your power? Women can also abuse their power. And if that’s also backed up by a lack of intelligence, emotional or intellectual, a lack of life experience, a lack of compassion, then it’s really a bad mixture.”