Madonna covers the latest issue of V Magazine in full Marilyn Monroe drag. Weeks before she died in 1962, Marilyn posed for photographer Bert Stern in a “three-day whirlwind” photoshoot referred to as “The Last Sitting.” Marilyn was 36 at the time and Madge is 63 now. Those numbers are kinda the same, so this is clearly kismet. Photographer Steven Klein wanted to capture the magic of that shoot with Madonna to pay “homage to the glamour and tragedy” of Marilyn. And he probably shoulda emphasized “tragedy,” cuz, while it’s not mentioned anywhere in the V Magazine article, some of the Madonna photos seem to be recreating Marilyn’s death bedroom, bedside pill bottles, and all. All that’s missing is John F. Kennedy skulking in the shadows holding an empty bottle of rat poison.
Here are the deathbed pics of Marilyn/Madonna:
For some morbid and eerie reason, Madonna decides to re-create Marilyn Monroe’s death bed. The black and white photo is actually Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom where she died. pic.twitter.com/beQJ1Av3Ij
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) October 29, 2021
That’s not even the only controversial part of the V Magazine profile. Jeremy O. Harris interviews Madge, and he brings up a quote that was included in her new Madame X film: “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” He asks, “Where do you think there’s peace to disturb?” And Madonna’s answer included her thoughts on the vaccine and cancel culture:
M: It’s interesting because peace is subjective. The way people think about the pandemic, for instance, that the vaccination is the only answer or the polarization of thinking you’re either on this side or the other. There’s no debate, there’s no discussion. That’s something I want to disturb. I want to disturb the fact that we’re not encouraged to discuss it. I believe that our job is to disturb the status quo. The censoring that’s going on in the world right now, that’s pretty frightening. No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now. No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled, cancel culture. In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason. We could start right there, and then we can just talk about our work as artists.
Madonna also brought up being inspired by Kanye West:
M: I mean, the only thing that I’ve heard recently that has inspired me is Kanye’s record Donda. There are very few artists that are working toward failure. And I feel like he is.
JOH: He’s staring at an abyss right now.
M: Totally. I can’t say that I agree with all of his politics and the way that he thinks of women, or unmarried people having sex, or the gay community. But his work is on the razor’s edge, and it’s inspiring and it’s rare. Everybody was waiting so long for his record to come out and then finally when it came out, everybody else’s record came out, too. And he still stood out.
Then Jeremy asks her how she felt about Kanye’s support of proud homophobe DaBaby, and in her answer, she compared Yeezy to Martin Luther King:
M: I was conflicted about that, but, like I said, I have to pay attention to the message, not the messenger. That’s important. Listen to the teachings. Don’t get caught up in the teacher, what the teacher’s doing. I mean, if you want to get down to dissect the character, look at the way Martin Luther King lived his life. You know, he was a Christian, God-fearing man preaching about morals and values and family. And he had mistresses everywhere. And definitely, not living up to the image that he was presenting about himself, but does that take away from what he did for the world and how he sacrificed his life and how he was willing to work to failure, the ultimate failure, which is death by assassination? No.
If you’re sick of Madge and her cutting-edge opinions, TOO BAD. She says she’s never ever retiring:
M: I don’t even think about my age, to tell you the truth. I just keep going. Even when I performed almost my entire tour in agony, I had no cartilage left in my right hip, and everyone kept saying, “You gotta stop, you gotta stop.” I said, “I will not stop. I will go until the wheels fall off.”
Here are some more pics of Madge as Marilyn:
And for context, here are some of the pictures from the original 1962 Marilyn shoot:
Photos from Marilyn Monroe’s last sitting for Vogue, 1962, taken six weeks before she died. pic.twitter.com/HOAINVc6rg
— Joan Vayne (@arttavana) June 15, 2021
▪️ Marilyn Monroe – 1962 pic.twitter.com/6hLcpzxWJc
— Cattleya (@Cattley16674205) April 27, 2020
Photographer Bert Stern died in 2013, so who knows what he’d think of this Madonna mess. But methinks he likely wasn’t too precious; after all, he recreated “The Last Sitting” in 2009 with Lindsay Lohan:
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Bert Stern, from “The Last Sitting” (1962)
⁰Lindsay Lohan photographed by Bert Stern for New York magazine (2008) pic.twitter.com/B2RTe5cnnO
— Brandi Glanville stan (@STORMISKELLYBAG) December 20, 2017
lindsay lohan as marilyn monroe in "the last sitting" for new york magazine (2008) pic.twitter.com/9e68yhQN64
— ً (@trydrowning) September 8, 2016
Poor Marilyn. I hope her coffin was roomy so she has lots of space to roll over, over and over and over again.
Pic: V Magazine