In this whole “Madame X” era, Madonna has been bringing something that helped make her a legendary STAH. No, I’m not talking about the iconic(ally ugly) bow bonnet beret that she works in the Borderline video (although, Madame X really needs to bring that back). I’m talking about CONTROVERSY. So far, Madge has let us know she is pro-toe licking, featured Mykki Blanco as a dancing Joan of Arc in a video, and sort-of-kind-of made a lukewarm statement about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And in her video for God Control, Madge gets into gun control. Madge’s song I Rise touches on gun violence, but she really gets into it here.
The over 8-minute long video starts with a trigger warning and then shows the aftermath of a mass shooting at a club. It works its way back from there, and is split between two scenes: one is an eyepatch-less Madame X writing what I think is a gun violence manifesto on an old-timey typewriter, and the other is Madonna in an Ann Jillian wig getting robbed at gunpoint before she goes to the club where she is shot by a mass shooter wearing Uncle Terry glasses.
The video, which features a cameo from Monet X Change, feels like what came out of the oven after Deeper and Deeper, American Life, and Like A Prayer were mixed together and baked for 25 minutes on 350. And if at the beginning of the song, she’s trying to do her best vocal impersonation of Ariana Grande mumble-singing into a fan after getting a root canal, she almost got it.
Some praised Madge for spreading the message that gun control is needed, while others didn’t think she went about it the right way. Patience Carter, a survivor of the Pulse nightclub attack, spoke to TMZ and said that the scenes in the video are “grossly accurate” and doesn’t think the warning at the beginning is enough. Patience doesn’t fault Madonna for trying to bring awareness, but thinks the shooting scenes weren’t needed and that it was done to get those YouTube views.
“As a survivor of gun violence, it was really hard to watch. For someone like me, who actually saw these images, who actually lived these images, to see them again dramatized for views, dramatized for YouTube, I feel like it was really insensitive.”
Patience thinks that Madge needs to apologize to survivors of gun violence who may have been pushed back into a dark place because of the video.
Madge has yet to say words about people shaking their heads at her for what they think is a glamorization of the Pulse attack and doing it during Pride, but she did tweet this about the video:
Wake up and insist on common-sense gun safety legislation. Innocent lives depend on it. Join me in supporting the following organizations: @Everytown @AMarch4OurLives @GAGnoguns @sandyhook @HRC @TheTaskForce @TransEquality @NCADV @1Pulse4America @SUPGVNetwork @MPJInstitute
— Madonna (@Madonna) June 26, 2019
Patience is probably going to need a lot of her name while waiting for Madonna’s apology. Like she’s going to have to wait forever for Madge to actually apologize to a critic. Now that would be the most shocking thing Madonna’s done in a while.