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What Up With Hating on Madonna?

by Melissa Silverstein
October 24, 2011 4:06 AM
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I've been watching the roll out of Madonna's film W.E. with a lot of interest. Aside from the fact that it is a film about women directed by a woman, Madonna is a huge celebrity and I can't think of any female directors who have as big a profile as she does. Women directors are not stars like male directors. Kathryn Bigelow has a high profile now because of her Oscar win, but most women directors operate under the radar screen.

I feel like Madonna is getting the Barbra Streisand treatment. The so you think you can be a singer, actor and a director. The get back into your box and stay there treatment. Clearly, Streisand has acquitted herself of this treatment by now, but I have read some of the press around the release of Yentl and it wasn't pretty.

It doesn't help that the review for W.E. have been pretty brutal. By now, it is clear that the film won't figure into Oscar conversations (maybe the Golden Globes), but since it is Madonna, and she is one of our biggest and most versatile stars, the movie could have some commercial prospects based on her name alone.

But there seems to be some anti-Madonna sentiment in the air. She seems to be pissing off people (fans) and these are people who have not even seen the movie yet. First, there was the freak out over her comment about disliking hydrangeas, and now she was booed at the opening of the film at the London Film Festival.

Reports said she was booed because she only spoke to a couple of fans on her way in to the theatre.

I guess the bigger question is why does Madonna bring out the hate so much? Is it because she feels she can direct a film? I'm not judging her directing before I see the film, but I am interested in seeing it. How many other people are given the benefit of the doubt? How many other directors get booed on the way into their movie premiere.

I think she has guts. She doesn't need to direct. But she wanted to tell as story of what she calls a "misunderstood" woman -- Wallis Simpson. Here's what she said:

She lived at a time when women didn't have the opportunities that they do now. She [Wallis] didn't have the chance to defend herself so I'm taking that opportunity now.

Maybe someone will have to make a movie about Madonna in 50 years to help people understand her.

Madonna Booed By Crowds At 'W.E.' London Premiere, Feels Connected To Wallis Simpson (Huffington Post)

Madonna Booed at London Premiere of 'W.E.' (Hollywood Reporter)

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8 Comments

  • CarmenM | June 14, 2014 9:56 PMReply

    The growing Madonna sentiment is well founded and she was only a trend setter for those who were unfamiliar with Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and of course Marilyn Monroe. Examples of how she emulated these legends are countless as she herself is non iconic in all regards.

  • PAUL | November 20, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    COMPARING MADONNA TO BARBRA STREISAND IS LIKE SAYING A HAMBURGER IS THE SAME AS A PRIME RIB. STREISAND IS AN INCREDIBLE TALENT-MADONNA IS THE JOAN CRAWFORD OF POP. SHE ISN'T SO MUCH TALENTED AS SHE IS CLEVER IN CHANGING HER IMAGE. AS OF LATE, MADONNA HAS BECOME A FOLLOWER INSTEAD OF A TREND SETTER. AND SHE SHOULD STAY IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA FOR 4 MINUTE MUSIC VIDEOS, WHERE LOOKING INTO THE CAMERA IS ACCEPTABLE. AS AN ACTRESS AND DIRECTOR, SHE IS DREADFUL.

  • Monty | October 27, 2011 5:56 AMReply

    Maybe people don't like her because she's obnoxious, arrogant, self-involved and entitled--a spoiled brat who thinks she should direct movies just because she's famous. Maybe people despise her fake upper class British accent and her own stupid Anglophile ways (marrying that poor Brit director, riding horses in the English countryside, buying Scottish castles,etc.)...Maybe that's why people don't like her and NOT because she's a powerful woman as this stupid misguided writer hypothesizes.

  • Paige | October 25, 2011 2:54 AMReply

    The really sad thing is that women tend to be just as vicious about her as men (if not moreso). There are a lot of mean girls out there whose maturity levels never advanced beyond high school.

  • Elodie | October 24, 2011 7:52 AMReply

    Melanie-it was NOT a fan, it was prankster who purposely gave her flowers she did not like to get a reaction out of her. He's pranked Clooney and other stars before. She thanked the man and then said something privately to Andrea. She has a right to not like a certain kind of flower.

    As for Madonna getting booed. It's much ado about nothing. The press is trying to turn this into something it was not. She was cheered on, she signed autographs, and then had to go inside since the movie was supposed to start, but some fans did not get to get an autograph and were mad. It's pretty childish, she can't obviously get to everyone there. After the film, she got a big standing ovation from those who saw the film.

    Allison-the film is not an bio pic. It's about the modern day character and her obsession with certain parts of Wallis and Edward's lives. Why include their whole history when it is not relevant to the story?

    Overall, the film has received mixed reviews and some of the harsh review spent more time reviewing Madonna, the pop icon, than the film itself. I'll see it myself and then review.

  • Abby | October 24, 2011 6:59 AMReply

    Madonna been my idol since I was 16 years old and closeted and living in the Midwest. Watching her gave me hope that I could do anything and be who I wanted to be. She’s complex and brave and people are going to boo her because she doesn’t fit THEIR mold. Which – as far as I’m concerned – is exactly what makes her such an icon.

  • Allison | October 24, 2011 6:18 AMReply

    I think there is some controversy over Wallis Simpson because she and Edward were Nazi sympathizers. The King's Speech also got criticized because it glanced over these Nazi sympathies. Madonna's film, I've read, also fails to mention this as well. I'd still be willing to give the film a chance, however.

  • Melanie | October 24, 2011 6:02 AMReply

    People didn't freak out because she said she didn't like hydrangeas. They were offended by her complete lack of gratitude that a fan gave her a gift and her first response was to say something negative and unappreciative about it -- right in front of him no less. She practically rolled her eyes at the gift. A lack of gratitude is repulsive in someone who is so blessed with wealth and success.

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