Madonna is nothing if not the queen of reinvention. And the Material Girl was on it again this week, sending out shockwaves as she revealed her latest reinvention was as Karen.
Instagram deleted a post the singer posted this week that shared and celebrated the Citizen Kane of dangerous and factually inaccurate coronavirus conspiracy videos.
Pushed and promoted by Donald Trump, shared and widely consumed by the Plandemic crowd on social media, and debunked by just about any reputable scientist, doctor, or casual bystander with Three Brain Cells, the video shares the views of a Dr Stella Immanuel. His claims are so damaging that we won’t give them room here, but suffice it to say that they have been enthusiastically adopted by the anti-mask community.
So yes, Madonna’s Praise Singing Instagram post was deleted because, as my colleague Will Sommer summed it up in his scorching talk on Emmanuel, “pushing coronavirus theories from a Houston doctor who also says the visits sexual demons and alien DNA are at the root of common health problems for Americans. ”
Madonna was full on QAnon Karen. Qaren? I always try this one.
But anyway the point is, MY GOD sucks that Madonna did that. On the one hand, what the hell is this !? On the other hand, maybe we should get used to it by now. The running theme of being a huge Madonna fan in recent years is that it’s really hard to be a huge Madonna fan in recent years. Basically, you are usually disappointed with Madonna.
Case in point: On Monday, Dua Lipa announced that a remix was coming from her standout track “Levitating” with Missy Elliott and Madonna. My reaction: QUEENS! LEGENDS! WE DON’T DESERVE! INJECT INTO MY VEINS! GIVE IT NOW! (I sat silently on my couch scrolling my phone and liked the tweet announcing it. But spiritually…)
Not 24 hours later, that same phone was being thrown violently across the room, when that night’s scroll surfaced Madonna’s reposting of the controversial video of Dr. Demon Sperm’s wack-job video.
The caption, which we were impressed, she managed to type, with the weight of the aluminum foil hat on her head, probably making it difficult to see her phone: “The truth will set us all free!” But some people don’t want to hear the truth. Especially those in power who are likely to make money from this long search for a vaccine that has been proven and has been reliable for months. They prefer to let fear control people and let the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This woman is my hero. Thanks Stella Immanuel. ”
It’s so outrageous that fans were certain she had been hacked and would explain themselves soon. What they got instead was a video of a sunset in the desert narrated by his Kabbalah teacher, Eitan Yardeni, with the note: “I will spread the teachings of all the great prophets if they resonate with it. me. They all have something to teach us. They all came here to teach us. One of the most important teachings is tolerance and forgiveness.
Once upon a time, Madonna was also a sort of prophet to many people. I mean, in the pop culture sense of course, but I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that. Her fearlessness, agency and her own mix of rebellion tinged with compassion for those who needed to be seen are what elevated her to the exalted stature she has held for so many fans. Fans who, so many times lately, have had no other recourse than big sighs and moans: Just… why?
For starters, if only this was Madonna’s controversial first stance on the coronavirus pandemic. (Has there been a more upsetting phrase than “breathing in the air of COVID-19”?) Then there are his ties and his promotion of Louis Farrakhan. His deaf tribute to George Floyd. The “God Control” video. All this only concerns the last three months.
There was a time when it was a good thing to hear Madonna causing an uproar. Now that only depletes the defenses of his fans. This is not a new issue for fans to decide how far they are willing to stretch to separate a celebrity’s behavior from the work she loves. But that’s not a particularly fun problem for the generations who loved Madonna.
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