Madonna will bury her critics—hopefully, literally. (GIF by Matthew Rettenmund)
The media needs to get off Madonna's click.
Tabloid journalists have been going the extra mile to try to paint Madonna in the most negative possible light during her Rebel Heart Tour. For a woman they've been calling “irrelevant” for years, it's remarkable that every time Madonna took the stage late, it spawned major international headlines and served as reliable clickbait.
On top of her tardiness, Madonna has been called out for being drunk or even on pills (or both), totally new fronts in the decades-long assault on her integrity as an artist and on her character. Already slurring her as a problem drinker, it wasn't a very big leap for the press to begin using the coded descriptor “bizarre” for Madonna's onstage behavior. Calling her bizarre, coupled with impugning her sobriety, is just a new way to make Madonna seem unworthy of her fame and success and of the support she receives from admirers—and becomes another argument for why the only woman to ever earn a billion dollars touring (helped along by $100+ on her latest tour) needs to retire already.
At age 57.
The latest scandal, hyped up to seem as vile as possible for outraged consumption by people planted in front of their computers: Madonna “humiliatingly” exposed an underage girl live onstage during her final concert in Brisbane, Australia. Except it turns out all that happened was an unintentional wardrobe malfunction (the fan was in a corset with nipple rings attached) that the 17-year-old fan described as “the best moment of my life.” The fan went on to state: