Madonna packs a lot in a five minute interview! The Queen of Pop opened up in a long-ranging new interview with Reuters.
On the resurgent debate on abortion and some US states rolling back abortion rights: "Women not having a right to choose what they do with their bodies - these are crazy times because we fought really hard for a lot of these freedoms and now it seems like they are all being systematically taken away. It does give one pause, but it doesn't make me feel hopeless it just makes me want to fight back".
M goes on noting that she finds the world today "pretty scary", and says the lack of gun control in America is a "huge problem" that she cares deeply about. Madonna also feels that a #MeToo movement in the music business is "long overdue" and that female artists get treated a lot differently than their male counterparts.
On her new album and her Madame X persona: "Every song is a reflection of Madame X. Sometimes she's a freedom fighter, sometimes she's a cha cha instructor, sometimes she's longing for love, sometimes she's feeling nostalgic about her childhood or her past. Sometimes she's thinking about all the people in the world who are suffering and who don't have a voice and who need a voice - and feels a sense of responsibility for those people. And she will take on whatever persona she needs to take on to get the job done".
On what she wants people to take away from the album: "That they too have the right to speak their mind, to be free, to be who they are to be proud of who they are. To dream, what some people might say is the impossible dream. The importance of community, family and friendship - being connected to other humans."
Also, Madge headlined World Pride and now a dedicated fan has spliced together the best footage in one video. The setlist was VOGUE, AMERICAN LIFE, GOD CONTROL and finally I RISE.
Source 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6gT9Hy6tG4
Source 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0stulpCTuYI
Source 3: https://www.instagram.com/queenciccone/