They’ve barely completed construction of the urn at Paisley Park holding Prince’s cremains, and Madonna is already sort of smirking aloud at outliving him and Michael Jackson.
Schadenfreude is legit, Madge, but usually you keep it to yourself so as not to appear bitter and evil. Billboard gave our oldest living pop harpy their Woman of the Year Award on Friday night and she took the opportunity to gloat over the dead.
According to TMZ:
She was accepting the Woman of the Year trophy when she literally listed off almost every music great of her era who’s died — from Michael Jackson to Prince — and buttoned with, “But I’m still standing.”
After a few awkwardly uncomfortable seconds the crowd applauded, and Madge added a few more words to soften the blow.
I’m sure those words were something along the lines of “But I’ll be dead someday, too, so someone else will have the chance to gloat up here. It’s a big mean circle, really. Thanks for the trophy, peasants!”
Vulture quotes Madge’s speech, and it was spiky from the get-go. Mama’s still horny after all these years!
After setting the tone by straddling the mic stand and saying, “Ah, I always feel better with something hard between my legs,” she was off, adding, “I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean a female entertainer.”
Her speech focused on the disadvantages she had as a woman when she was on the come-up. Oh, and that every one of her competitors is dead. DEAD DEAD DEAD. In the ground. Ashes to ashes, and all that.
“Michael is gone, Tupac is gone, Prince is gone, Vicki is gone, Amy Winehouse is gone. David Bowie is gone. But I am still standing,” she said, citing Bowie as an influence in her early career, mainly for his playfulness with gender. But, she soon realized, that playfulness was afforded more to men than women: “He made me think there were no rules,” she said of the late glam icon. “I was wrong. There are no rules if you’re a boy.”
M closed on a strong feminist note.
As women, we have to start appreciating our own worth and each other’s worth, seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to be inspired by, to collaborate with, to support, to be enlightened by. True solidarity amongst women is a power all on its own and no opposing force stands a chance in the face of the solidarity. But women need to feel secure and trust themselves, to believe in themselves. And when you do, you will be unstoppable.
I guess her dragging Lady Gaga for “Born This Way” was a temporary blip in her Lilith Fair outlook? The best part of this whole speech is that she didn’t do it while drunk riding on a tricycle looking like the puppet from Saw.
Check out more pics of Madonna at Billboard Women in Music Awards 2016 at NYC’s Pier 36 in the gallery below.