In Response to an Article Published by People Magazine Online on April 1, 2003. The article had the nerve to suggest that Madonna was second fiddle to the likes of Avril Lavigne. AS IF????
Dear People Magazine:
Your article pontificating whether Madonna fans could attract Avril Lavigne fans was amusing at best. How dare you even presume that Madonna need to attract anyone else’s fans – especially the likes of Avril Lavigne or (gasp) Christina Aguilera. Was the author of this piece of garbage spawned post-1990?
Madonna is the biggest pop culture icon to ever grace the planet earth. She has had more sociological impact on our society than Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis put together. Many may not realize it now, but decades from now when she is dead and gone, she will remain the biggest pop icon to have ever lived. Her presence in society has influenced America politically, religiously, ethically, socially, sexually, spiritually, and any other “ly” word which you can insert. Good or bad, no matter how you define it, Madonna is NEVER going to go away, no matter how low her album’s sales numbers may ever fall.
This woman has single-handedly provoked thought and expanded the minds of millions worldwide. Using MTV as her own personal vehicle, she has made more people aware of gay and lesbian issues by exploiting her own sexuality in order to deliver the message. She has played religion like a game of tether ball, thus enabling millions of her fans and admirers to question their own beliefs. She bashed the President for not taking a stance when AIDS was ravaging our nation, long before the thought of a real war ever crossed our minds. Over the course of time, she has taken on the Pope, the President, and Pepsi-Cola, each time coming out victorious. By pushing people’s buttons, this woman has broken down numerous taboos and barriers, all of which have practically been accomplished without much protest – especially considering the magnitude of her achievements. That, in and of itself, makes this woman a brilliant survivor!
Bill Maher gets booted off of a show that itself is about being “Politically Incorrect.” Marilyn Manson took a major hit when two whackos shot up a school, even though he had nothing to do with it. President Clinton was impeached when he crossed the line and got caught with his pants down. But only Madonna could be so brilliant enough to portray bestiality in a silver-plated book, yet still come out smelling like a rose. Like it or not, she has the world dangling like a puppet on a string – because she will always keep us guessing.
All of these things should be added to the notion that this woman is a REAL PERFORMER! Unlike the Britney’s and Christina’s of today, Madonna is a true artist. She sends a message from her mind and from her heart. She does not spit out the message of some fat rich man who merely hides behind the corporate clone Barbi dolls of today’s “pop” music scene. Madonna is a self-made megastar with no apologies. Go to one of her concerts and see for yourself. She adds an artistic element to the stage to accompany a first-class rock star performance. And guess what, she does it without the assistance of a karaoke machine because the devine Miss M. refuses to lip sync, unlike the “pop” stars of today. Watch the next Britney or Christina performance and then do some comparisons. It would be a miracle if either of them could even move their lips to their own words with any precision. Then again, it must be hard for them to memorize lyrics that were written by some random voiceless talent.
If you want to talk about record sales, then you may have a legitimate claim – FOR NOW! Madonna’s album sales may be dipping as the years go by. However, what this woman has achieved in a timeframe spanning throughout three decades can hardly go discounted as your article presupposes. What she has accomplished can never be compared to the minimal contributions that Britney, Christina or Avril have added to our culture. If these girls are around in ten years it will be a downright miracle. Moreover, if Americans today are as fickle as the artistic integrity of these three performers, then the shelf-life of their careers has almost expired!
Madonna – may I take this moment to personally apologize for Stephen M. Silverman, the man who dared to compare you to Avril Lavigne. This may be the first time in your amazing career where your ego may be a bit bruised. An insult it was, indeed. For that I am sorry.
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