Madonna. Madonna. Madonna. There. Are you happy now, Madonna?
Whoever’s turn it was to pay attention to and jangle shiny things in front of Madonna all day yesterday must have dropped the ball and watched the news about Washington D.C. instead. (You had ONE job to do, Asshole…) Now the Material Girl (suck on that nick-name, lady–you earned it) is throwing a media tantrum and we’re all paying the price.
In the wake of yesterday’s mass shooting Madonna dropped this little love note to the press today.
Yes, Madonna. We are all completely shocked *YAWN* and you are still UBER relevant. Zzzzzzzz. May we go about our business again?
This is a still from an “Art Project” film she helped direct.
Here is the text from an article in PageSix…
As the identities of the 12 victims killed by a gunman in DC’s Navy Yard start to emerge, Madonna has issued a promotional picture of herself with a gun, surrounded by bodies.
Reps for the singer issued the picture as part of a press release today to promote the short film secretprojectrevoltion she co-directed with Steven Klein, which will be unveiled on September 24.
A press release explained the film was part of an initiative by Madonna, in conjunction with Vice Media and BitTorrent, to “further freedom of expression and protest persecution.”
Madonna is quoted as saying, “My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression. I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency.”
Klein adds, “This film operates on many levels. It examines our private prisons. It questions what we do, how we do it, and how we treat others. It questions our governments, and our collective thought patterns. Think about it – the power of art can lead to peace.”
While numerous Madonna fans tell us the picture was first issued a while ago, the decision was still made to send it out wide in an email today to announce and promote her new initiative.
Is Madonna doing this film to “…inspire change in the world through artistic expression.”? Perhaps.
Does she “…hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency.”? If one could dig his/her way out of the morass of pretension then, maybe.
But this little stunt is beyond boring and may push some away from participating in this (Madonna perceived) cutting-edge rally for change.
I love the quote from her co-director. “This film operates on many levels.” If you have to say that, it means it doesn’t. Waah-waah-waaaaaaah.
Madonna did not become successful through sheer luck–she’s no chump. She is one of the most clever and calculating women in business. Do I think she ran out and did a quick photo shoot yesterday? No, of course not. This promotional shot was done a while ago if the “film” is going to be released next week. Also, one day would not have been enough time for the Photoshop work that would need to be done to cover her veins and soften her features. Is she trying to capitalize on a tragedy? Oh hell, yes. However, I’m sure she would argue that the photo had already been planned to drop and Ooopsie if it wasn’t magically relevant. Her reps could have easily pulled the images, but I’m sure she didn’t want to compromise her “art.”
Sometimes people think others become successful through luck. But the ones who make it are often prepared for that lucky break. Most prepare with hard work. Others fill their media rep’s office vault with “edgy” pictures of themselves dancing with dictators, submitting to potential robot over-lords’ sexual advances, etc. just in case the right moment arises. I’m just glad the news of the shooting overshadowed the news of the guy in Worchester, MA who was had built a lair equipped with al the tools necessary to kidnap, torture, cook and eat small children. Madonna would have chuckled as she flipped through her stack of vacation photos looking for just the right one to send to the press.
Thank you, PageSix.