‘Had to happen’

Madonna: ‘I do believe that Trump was elected for a reason’

Marilyn Minter and Madonna speak on stage at Brooklyn Museum on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Brooklyn Museum)

Marilyn Minter, a 68-year-old artist known for her exploration of the female form, joined pop icon Madonna onstage at the Brooklyn Museum on Thursday for a conversation about misogyny, feminism, and the recent election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. The event, originally planned for February, was moved to the day before the inauguration at Madonna’s suggestion. Minter, who said she would be traveling to Washington D.C. the next day to participate in the Women’s March on Washington, admitted that she found the pop star’s enthusiasm contagious.

“Madonna’s on fire,” she said, “and I just feel like I’m a conduit for her.”

The world’s highest-grossing female touring artist of all time has not been hesitant about expressing her feelings towards the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. In a post-election Billboard interview, Madonna described the election result as “a combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death.”

At the Brooklyn Museum event, Minter and Madonna, who wore a black t-shirt with the word “feminist” printed in white across the front, expressed fear about the consequences a Donald Trump presidency could have for women, but also shared the hope that his election would help bring people together as they join to unite against him.

“I do believe that Trump was elected for a reason,” said Madonna, “to show us how lazy and unified and lackadaisical and taking for granted we’ve become of our freedom … They say it’s always darkest before the dawn, and I feel like this had to happen to bring people together.”

Watch video of the event below.

Read the full story at The Daily Beast.

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