Madonna in an effort to promote her new movie W.E. and album M.D.N.A has been in public sounding bitter, entitled and more arrogant than ever. Elton for his part is sounding like his usual self–a bitter queen. Madonna’s behavior has set off a feud with Elton John, his hubby and his baby’s God mother Lady Gaga. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Lets look at the facts before we decide.
Recently Madonna won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song over Elton John. Before the winner was announced Elton John told Carson Daly, “Madonna had no fucking chance” (starts at the :50 Mark).
After Madonna wins Best Original Song, Elton’s husband David Furnish feverishly posts to Facebook:
“Madonna. Best song???? Fuck off!!!!”
“Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism. And her criticism of Gaga shows how desperate she really is.”
David Furnish is not the only celebrity who took to social media to comment on Madonna’s speech Cher also responded a fan’s tweet about Madonna a few weeks later tweeting “…Didn’t care much 4 the speech though…”
Mr. Furnish articulated what a lot of us have always thought about the Golden Globes.
Did you ever notice the Foreign Press almost always nominates Hollywood’s royalty like George Cloony, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp no matter what movie they appear in or how bad it is? Why you ask? Because the Hollywood Foreign Press are a bunch of star-fuckers, just looking for a chance to hobnob with A-list celebrities.
The Best Original Song category came down to a contest of who is hotter now, Madonna with a movie, a Super Bowl half time show and a new album wins—sorry Elton. Elton’s “Hello Hello” is not one of his greatest, but it’s superior to Madonna’s Masterpiece. But, I’ll let you decided for yourself:
Elton John’s Hello Hello
Madonna’s acceptance speech was completely narcissistic; her two co-writers, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry, had to stand two paces behind her and weren’t allowed to speak a word as Madonna basked in her own glory (can’t really fault Madonna here since they would have had no chance in hell of winning if her name wasn’t attached to that horrible song).
The speech goes on to be all about Madonna, including telling us how she was so busy with the film that her manager had to twist her arm to write the song. Something tells me it didn’t go down that way. The manager probably realized the film would be a stinker and the only way the movie had a chance of winning any type of award was if Madonna sang something.
In Madonna’s defense, she was gracious to Elton in the back stage interview saying, “He’s brilliant and I adore him.” (starts at 1:20 mark)
In Feberary 2011, Elton won a European music award where he dogged Madonna in his acceptance speech for not singing live. (starts at :54 mark)
Elton is waging an all-out assault against Madonna, but Madonna seems to be taking the high road with Elton. However, Madonna seems to be trying to draw Lady Gaga into a feud. The media, naturally, tries as hard as they can to pit Madonna against Lady Gaga because that sells magazines and attracts viewers, but Madonna doesn’t always have to take the bait.
In her interview with Cynthia McFadden, Madonna delivers the long-awaited blow to Lady Gaga. Mcfadden asked Madonna if Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is a copy of Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Madonna has now famously answered the song is “reductive”—translation: oversimplifying.
If you were the average listener you would never even think one song was a copy of the other. Madonna’s “Express Yourself” is about expressing yourself to a man, a rather trivial song as compared to Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” that is about accepting yourself for being gay. The initial brouhaha was caused by people thinking “Express Yourself” was a metaphor for all types of expression (including being gay). But listening to the song it’s clearly not and it’s just simply about the trials of being in love.
“Born this Way” was ground breaking in so many ways from being the first song to be in the Billboards top 100 that has the words “gay, straight or bi, lesbian transgender life” to being banned in countries not tolerant of gay people. Lady Gaga’s sophomore album would have been a hit no matter what she sang, but Gaga chose to make a statement and she did. “Born this Way” infiltrated countries where it was banned through the internet opening minds, and encouraged bullied gay teens with a postivite message all around the world.
The detractors may say Lady Gaga copied the song because it has a similar chord change (whatever that means), but the impact of “Born this Way” can’t be denied.
Madonna would have been much classier saying, “I respect the good work Lady Gaga is trying to do with the song and if I in any way inspired it, I’m honored.”
But of course that is not what Madonna said – she tried to trivialize the song by saying it’s reductive or oversimplified. Madonna needs to go back to her ‘Big Word of the Day’ calendar and find another sesquipedalian word to describe Lady Gaga’s song [Look it up Madonna].
Madonna will always have her place as an icon. This media/self-driven squabble she is getting into with Lady Gaga is unbecoming of someone of her stature.
The combination of Madonna winning the Golden Globe, her sense of self-entitlement and her trashing Elton’s baby’s God mother is what sent Elton into such a tizzy. I find it refreshing when Elton speaks his mind, especially when I agree with him. If Madonna had been a bit more humble and gracious people wouldn’t be so quick to root for her demise or failure, but instead come to her defense.
Will Elton change? Will Madonna change? Probably not on both accounts. If I’m being honest I don’t want them to change. I prefer two people being really who they are over two Hollywood phonies.
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