An Open Letter to #MADONNA, #WomensMarchOnWashington #YouDontSpeakForMe
I was a Madonna “wanna-be” during my adolescence, when you would sing “Borderline”, “Lucky Star”, “Poppa Don’t Preach” and all of the other hit songs that many in my generation have memorized. To school, I would wear a black laced headband, black rubber bracelets and outfits that I thought would emulate you. I even got my hair permed to try to resemble yours. I worshiped you and your music; I looked up to you. Each Friday, I would look forward to the unveiling of the MTV World Exclusive Music Video release and eagerly anticipated purchasing your cassettes at the local Tower Records on the weekends.
Boy, have times changed.
And not just in the technology sense (record stores, cassettes, what are those?). As a young girl, I looked up to you were an inspiring entrepreneur; performer; musical writer; and dancer that could be a role model for all girls. There’s no question that your successes, both in performing arts and in the business world, have left a legacy behind that many will want to emulate. There is no doubt that your talent is exceptional, that you have a gift that millions have enjoyed for more than three decades and that you have – rightfully – enjoyed the fruits of your labors.
Which brings me to my open letter to you, in which I want to ask about the language used during the Women’s March in DC last Saturday.
You say that this is the start to be free to be who we are, and to be “equal”. Equal in what way? This is a loaded sentence, as everyone is unique and has different talents, abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
You also say that “good did not win” in this election. Can you clarify that for me? More than 30 million women cast their vote for Donald J. Trump on November 8th, and so did millions of men, of all different races, backgrounds, and nationalities. Does that mean that those of us who merely want to take care of their families, work their jobs and live their lives without needless and useless bureaucracy, are not good?
Do you mean that we are not good because those of us who cast our vote for Trump did not swallow the mainstream media narrative that you and your fellow elite class of celebrities top 1 percenters that Hillary was our only choice?
You also said that you expressed wishes about blowing up the White House; so you advocate hurting not only our President, but his wife and child, as well as those who work for the President and their families?
My understanding is that you employ a team of bodyguards on your payroll to protect you as you travel from place to place, and in your day-to-day life. I do not condemn you for doing so; but please realize that the majority of us “deplorables” don’t have the access to those types of resources that you seemingly take for granted. Many of us do not have that luxury, so that is why we cast our vote for Trump in that he supports gun owners’ rights and our military and law enforcement to be the most effective at protecting as many Americans as possible.
I don’t wish you any ill will; mostly, I will pray for you that you find some peace, despite the violent rhetoric that you espoused during the march. As a high-profile wealthy celebrity, I don’t see how you find yourself deprived of much, but perhaps you can explain that if you see fit.
But I will say this; Madonna, you do not speak for me.