Madonna: The Sexist New York Times "Made Me Feel Raped"

by at .

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.

Madonna in Blue

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 Serving Looks on Instagram

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.

Madonna Pays Tribute

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.

Madonna, Fully Clothed

"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.

Madonna Looks Down

"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!"

Madonna Performs In Turin, Italy

"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.

Madonna Grammys Outfit

"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."

Show Comments
Tags:

Madonna Biography

Best. Kiss. Ever.
Madonna, a.k.a. The Material Girl, is still going strong even as she nears 50. She's also adopting babies and speaking with a British... More »
Born
Full Name
Madonna

Madonna Quotes

Leave her alone. She’s gonna be 16 soon and then 17 and then 18, and then she might show her knees and then what's gonna happen?

Madonna [on Miley Cyrus Vanity Fair photos]

My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce. I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study.

Madonna