Madonna Says She Felt ‘Raped’ by the New York Times

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Madonna isn’t exactly happy with the direction of a New York Times feature, which focused heavily on the singer’s age.

The pop star says she felt raped and she’s allowed to say that.

A few days ago, the New York Times published a feature called, “Madonna at Sixty” by Vanessa Grigoriadis. The piece focused on how Madonna handled her performance at the Billboard Music Awards and appeared to give an intimate profile into the pop icon’s life.

But Madonna isn’t happy with the tone of the piece, and put the Times and its journalist on blast in a post on Instagram.

The feature includes a section in which Madonna discusses the leak of her Rebel Heart album in 2015.  Madonna was devastated by the incident and told the journalist “she felt raped.” Grigoriadis added to her piece about those comments:

“It didn’t feel right to explain that women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically.”

It’s clear the two women butted heads during the whole interview process.  In her post on Instagram, Madonna says Grigoriadis was invited to a world “which many people don’t get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters.”

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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. 💔

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Madonna goes on to blame the patriarchy for the tone of the piece, saying her age would never have been mentioned if she were a man.

“Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women even if they are posing as intellectual feminists.  I’m sorry I spent 5 minutes with her.  It makes me feel raped.”

Madonna went on to justify her use of the phrase again, saying she’s allowed to use the analogy as a victim of rape.  The New York Times has declined to comment on Madonna’s reaction to the piece.  Madonna accused the newspaper of being one of the “founding fathers of the patriarchy” and said she will never stop fighting to end it.

2 Responses

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    Disco Tom

    She made herself a public figure and gained enormously out of it ..
    She’s used s ex u al imagery all along these years and now gets upset by the sheer mention of her age..

    I mean… hellllllooooo ..

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    Big Red

    Madonna is trivial and superficial.
    And it’s hysterical for her to use rape metaphorically. Had she actually been raped, she wouldn’t use that. As someone who has, very, very, very few things rise to the level of that experience.

    She’s an aging has-been who whored her way to the top; and now that she looks like the older sister of Willem Dafoe, she’s her desperate attempts at notoriety fall flat