Camille Paglia criticizes Madonna for ‘maudlin self-pity’ in Woman of the Year speech

Madonna attends the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event on December 9, 2016 in New York City. (Nicholas Hunt / Getty)

Madonna earned praise for her fiercely honest speech at the Billboard Women in Music event last Friday, where she took on sexism, ageism and misogyny. Madonna argued that she had missed female support at the beginning of her career, calling out famous feminist critic Camille Paglia for allegedly claiming she “set women back” by objectifying herself sexually. Paglia is now rebuffing the 58-year-old singer, saying, “It is absolutely ridiculous for Madonna to now claim that she longed to ally with other women at the start of her career but was rebuffed from doing so,” in a searing statement made to The Daily Mail. Paglia contended that she was one of Madonna’s first major defenders “when she was still considered a pop tart and a sham puppet created by shadowy male producers.”

Paglia, who hailed Madonna as a “true feminist” in 1990 claims that, during that time, the media were constantly trying to bring Madonna and her together, but it was Madonna who invariably refused. In her rebuke, Paglia claims that Madonna’s real problem is that her artistic development has stalled for 20 years, and that she does not know how to deal with aging. “She has become a cringe-making pastiche of ratty blonde hair extensions and artificially swollen cheeks, obscuring the magnificent classic bone structure that made her one of the most photogenic celebrities of the 1990s,’ Paglia railed. “In her struggles to stay relevant, Madonna has debased herself with adolescent, pitifully inept Instagrams that cannot compete with Rihanna’s brilliant work in that genre. Instead of lugubrious rants and hysterical recriminations, perhaps Madonna should try a little honest self-critique.”

Read the full story at The Daily Mail.


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