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Dec 05 2016
BILLBOARD Woman Of The Year Madonna On Being Okay With Trump The Person, Not Trump The President, Plus: WOMEN HATE WOMEN Comments (0)

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In Billboard's new cover story, Madonna — the trade publication's choices for Woman of the Year 2016 — speaks articulately about the Trump phenomenon, as well as her own past with the Not-My-President-elect. Fabulously, she is interviews by the politically passionate Elizabeth Banks, who deliciously references their appearance together in the abysmal Swept Away, Madonna's so-far-last starring movie role.

Banks writes:

[Madonna] told me that my audition was funny and that I’d be good in the movie, and I just tried to keep ­breathing. I assume it was in that moment that Guy concluded I’d be the perfect, nubile idiot to cast in Swept Away. I won the part. The next few weeks were surreal for all of us. I had seen Madonna in concert as a teenager and had splurged on tickets for her Staples Center show scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. Needless to say, that concert was postponed as the world came undone. But a couple of weeks after we met, I watched Madonna finish her Drowned World Tour. Before the music began that night, she started with a prayer for peace: “If you want to change the world, change yourself,” she told the crowd. Through tears, I sang along for the entire show.

On the topic of relevance and ageism, Madonna is painfully on-point:

I don’t ever think about my age until someone says something about it. I feel that I have wisdom, experience, knowledge and a point of view that is important. Can a teenager relate to that? Probably not. But that’s OK. I understand that. “Relevance” is a catchphrase that people throw out because we live in a world full of discrimination. Age is only brought up with regard to women. It’s connected to sexism, chauvinism and misogyny. When Leonardo is 60 years old, no one is going to talk about his relevance. Am I relevant as a female in this society that hates women? Well, to people who are educated and are not chauvinists or ­misogynists, yes.

Saying she felt “like someone died” when Hillary lost, Madonna speaks of interacting with Trump in the past. She is surprisingly even-handed, if clearly a critic:

I did a photo shoot years ago at [Trump’s] Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach [Fla.] for a Versace campaign. He’s a very friendly guy, ­charismatic in that ­boastful, macho, alpha-male way. I found his political incorrectness amusing. Of course, I didn’t know he was going to be running for ­president 20 years later. People like that exist in the world, I’m OK with it. They just can’t be heads of state. I just can’t put him and Barack Obama in the same ­sentence, same room, same job description.

On why so damn many women voted for the cheerfully misogynistic Trump, Madonna goes there fearlessly and ain't lie:

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children.

More of Madonna's pearls of wisdom from this fascinating piece here. Madonna will receive Billboard's Woman of the Year award at Billboard's Women in Music event December 9 in New York City. It airs on Lifetime December 12. 

 
Dec 03 2016
Madonna Slams Trump In Miami Art Basel Performance, Pledges To Remarry Sean Penn Comments (0)

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After an auction at which her Rebel Heart Tour dress was auctioned for the princessly sum of $150K and at which she pledged to remarry ex-husband Sean Penn, Madonna performed an hour-long gig in Miami early Saturday that included a cover of “Send in the Clowns,” rarely performed tracks “Like It or Not,” “I'm So Stupid,” “Beautiful Stranger,” “Easy Ride,” and “American Life,” as well as smash hits “Don't Tell Me,” “Express Yourself” and “Holiday.”

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But maybe the biggest surprise was a slow-burn take on Britney Spears's “Toxic,” performed in front of anti-Trump projections. She also tried her hand at stand-up comedy and banter, telling jokes that attendees Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle (!) must have found especially painful. The groaner quality of the jokes was part of her shtick, but she should shtick to singing. [Cymbal crash.]

The memorable spectacle raised $7.5 million for Raising Malawi, Madonna's personal charity established to help the African nation from which she adopted two children. $10,000 of that came from a fan who spontaneously offered her the bread in exchange for a kiss. (No tongue.)

Madonna even tried her hand feet at some tapdancing for the first time ever, allowed a lucky fan to hold the mic for her finale, gave one reluctant dude a lap dance, berated the audience and graciously thanked everyone for their help.

Seems like a good time was had by all, and that included Courtney Love (no compacts were thrown), Leonardo DiCaprio, Dave Chappelle, Petra Nemcova, Bethenny Frankel, emcee James Corden and Ariana Grande, who gamely modeled Madonna's Rebel Heart Tour dress and danced with her idol.

 
Dec 02 2016
Madonna Readying AMERICAN LIFE For Tonight's Art Basel Performance Comments (0)

Madonna is whipping out “American Life” for her highly anticipated Art Basel show tonight — the clip above, themed to the goings-on at Standing Rock, looks fantastic.

Wish I were there...

 
Nov 28 2016
6-PACK — The Long & Long Of It + Taiwanese Marriage-Equality Demonstration + Justice For Gay Man Slurred At Flooring Store + Madonna's Goodies! Comments (0)

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WIDGETUK reality-TV stud Ellis Lacy is inked to death and hung in a way a horse would envy. (Work Unfriendly)

WIDGET10,000 stage pro-gay marriage sit-in in Taiwan.

WIDGETGay man slurred in front of his kid by Floor & Decor employee, customer. Election noted. Employee fired.

Screen Shot 2016-11-28 at 6.26.41 PMJames Shawlin got emotional recalling the slimy insults. (Video still via 9 News)

WIDGETTrump's advisor Steve Bannon is eager to suppress the black vote.

WIDGETEven if you're an atheist, this bible cover feels a little sacrilegious. But at least its shiny!

WIDGETMadonna's auctioning off images & other primo art at her Miami Malawi fundraiser. Rocco still being an asshole.

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Oct 02 2016
Madonna Teases Tears Of A Clown Benefit With ... Paula Abdul Cover Comments (0)

This should be interesting!

Madonna's Miami benefit for Malawi—$5K to get in the door, $100K for a picture with Madonna (um, no)—looks like it'll be a blast. I hope the 1%ers take lots of video. (And I suspect some fans will be allowed in just so she has a good response?)

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Sep 16 2016
6-PACK — Football Me + Harlem Hate Church Love Story + Grinding PRINCE CHARMING + Hillary Calls Out Birther Trump + Masc = Misogyny? + Man Who Threatened Gays In Florida Indicted! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe Russell Tovey gay football drama has a new trailer (AFTER THE JUMP) and it's hot-hot-hot.

*widget boy cultureNew romance set amidst the real-life grotesque dealings of the so-called “Harlem Hate Church.”

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*widget boy cultureThey hate-watched every second of Finding Prince Charming so you don't have to!

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump led the birther movement, Hillary says. Trump lies, says Hillary started it. Because the media won't check:

*widget boy cultureAren't masc guys really just assholes?

*widget boy cultureHA-HA: Nutjob Craig Jungwirth, who allegedly made terroristic threats against fellow gays, indicted.

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Keep reading for that Russell Tovey trailer ...

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Aug 10 2016
6-PACK — Pastor Who Wanted African Gays Killed Going Down? + Glenn Beck Going Down? + Barbra For Hillary + Gay-Scene Blues + Tongan Swimmer's Activist Rear + Phelps & Lochte! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureU.S. pastor Scott Lively, who pushed for Uganda's Kill the Gays law, faces trial.

*widget boy cultureLawsuit vs. Glenn Beck over Boston Marathon terrorist bombing proceeds. He's toast.

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*widget boy cultureHear Barbra Streisand sing & help raise cash for Hillary Clinton, who's just gotta win.

*widget boy cultureIf you're feeling shut out from the gay community over sexuality, some of these replies make sense.

*widget boy cultureOpenly gay Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua is raising gay awareness with his butt!

*widget boy cultureMichael Phelps wins amazing 20th gold medal. Why Ryan Lochte ain't half-bad, either.

 
Jul 12 2016
6-PACK — Pokémon Go To Hell, Westboro + Obama's Dallas Speech + Trump's Racism Smear + It's Newt ... It's Newt + HOW Italy Almost Got AWAY WITH MURDER + Madonna's Mended Fences + Nick Jonas In Recovery! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureSomehow, playing Pokémon Go is helping to battle the Westboro Baptist Church.

*widget boy cultureObama links Dallas sniper attack to “racial hatred” in stirring eulogy, says, “We are not as divided as we seem.”

*widget boy cultureTrump begs to differ, labeling #BlackLivesMatter “inherently racist.”

*widget boy cultureIT'S GINGRICH: Why else would Newt and FOX News part ways a hair ahead of Trump's veep announcement?

HowJack Falahee, about to get away with a BJ (TV still via ABC)

*widget boy cultureRaunchy How to Get Away with Murder gay sex scene snipped from Italian TV, cast objects, station apologizes.

*widget boy cultureMadonna is A-okay with David Banda's dad now; she has mended fences with him on her current Malawi trip.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas discusses being a “recovering teen star” with InStyle.

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