Madonna has never hesitated to call out her critics and body shamers, but this time, it’s a little different.
In a new profile for the New York Times, she drew attention after describing her negative experiences with Harvey Weinstein.
But now, on social media, Madonna is blasting the article and its author, calling both a tool of the patriarchy.
Before we get into Madonna’s furious response to the article, the article itself is worth mentioning.
The New York Times did a profile on Madonna, titled: "Madonna at Sixty."
The subtitle explained that it was a detailed look at Madonna’s view of "aging, inspiration, and why she refuses to cede control."
Within the profile, Madonna discusses how Harvey Weinstein "crossed lines and boundaries" with her.
This allegedly went down during the making of her 1991 documentary, "Truth or Dare."
Madonna mentions that Weinstein had been "incredibly sexually flirtatious and forward with me when we were working together."
"I was aware that he did the same with a lot of other women that I knew in the business," Madonna admits.
Madonna is quoted as having operated under a mindset that Harvey Weinstein’s power made his behavior necessary to tolerate.
"’He’s so successful and his movies do so well and everybody wants to work with him,’" Madonna recalls feeling. "’So you have to put up with it.’"
We’ve heard that horrifying mentality from so many people. Terrible that it went on for decades.
But her quotes regarding Weinstein may be the one thing that didn’t make Madonna furious about the article.
Taking to her Instagram, the music legend put the New York Times on blast.
She specifically excoriated the article’s author, a woman named Vanessa Grigoriadis.
"To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement," Madonna writes.
She goes on to accuse the article and newspaper of ageism, sexism, and of betraying her trust.
"It seems," Madonna reflects. "You can’t fix society."
She has certainly tried to do so over her career, but it seems that she is despairing that society has so much further to go.
"And," she continues, laying into society and "its endless need to diminish, disparage or degrade that which they know is good."
Madonna observes: "Especially strong independent women."
Women like herself, she means.
"The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me," Madonna writes.
"And," she notes, the writer "was invited into a world which many people dont get to see,"
"But," Madonna laments, the journalist "chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains."
"And," she points out. "Never ending comments about my age."
Madonna asserts, probably correctly, that this is something "which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!"
"Women have a really hard time being the champions of other women," Madonna expresses in despair.
She says that this is true "even if. they are posing as intellectual feminists."
Everyone has blindspots, even within the feminist community.
Madonna clearly has major regrets about this profile.
"I’m sorry i spent 5 minutes with her," Madonna writes.
"It makes me feel raped," Madonna writes. "And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19."
While we are deeply sorry for her horrific experience, most people feel that even rape survivors should be careful with their analogies.
"Further proof that the venerable N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy," she accuses.
Patriarchal cultural forces are pernicious … and much, much older than the New York Times. Or the English language. Or writing itself.
"And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society," Madonna expresses.
She concludes: "I will never stop fighting to eradicate it."