I have never really gotten the fasciation my gay peers have with the pop star who calls herself Madonna.Â Unlike Barbra Streisand, a true diva, Madonna is little more than a musical cipher, shrewdly adapting her style to the prevailing trends in popular music. Â
She has stayed atop the charts for so long (longer indeed than almost any other pop star) not for her own gifts nor for her unique way of singing a song (like Barbra), but for her intelligence and public relations savvy.Â She knows how to cater to the audience; she’ll do whatever it takes to get media attention.
Madonna has always been the Bill Clinton of pop music.Â Just as he does whatever it takes to appeal to voters, so too would she do whatever it takes to appeal to music-lovers. Â In contrast to Ronald Reagan, Clinton is not known for his commitment to a core set of political principles. Â Nor is the pop star known for her pioneering any musical style or perfecting any particular genre.
As Katherine Berry put it yesterday in Pajamas:”For two decades now, Madonna’s fame has stemmed more from her antics than any actual talent, singing or otherwise” (via Instapundit who thinks the pop star’s too old to be having a mid-life crisis). And now the faux diva has figured out another way to get attention. Â
Launching his Sticky & Sweet Tour in the United Kingdom, she compared the presumptive Republican president to a whole slew of tyrants.Â She knows the world media loves any criticism of American politicians with an (R) after their names:During the four-act show in Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, a video interlude showed images of destruction, global warming, Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe‘s authoritarian President Robert Mugabe and – you guessed it – McCain.
In another sequence that was shown later, the images were meant to be positive. Madonna showed pics of slain Beatle John Lennon, former Vice President Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
Smart woman, she knows the way to get attention.Â It probably doesn’t matter to the very material girl that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned her use of Hitler’s image as “inappropriate and offensive.“Â She just revels in the media attention.
The woman may lack taste or any standard of decency of fair play, but she knows how to stay in the limelight. As do some aging politicians of her party.
Kind of reminds me of a Saturday Night Live sketch.
UPDATE: Â Roger wonders if Madonna is secretly helping McCain.