- The Washington Times - Friday, June 7, 2019

Madonna said she feels “raped” by The New York Times over a recent profile on the pop icon that she described as degrading and ageist.

“To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement,” Madonna wrote in an Instagram post Thursday. “It seems you [can’t] fix society
and its endless need to diminish, disparage or degrade that which they know is good. Especially strong independent women.”

The singer’s ire was directed at a Times feature titled, “Madonna at Sixty,” written by Vanessa Grigoriadis. In it, Ms. Grigoriadis speaks glowingly of Madonna but the singer took umbrage at the writer’s focus on her age and “trivial” matters.

“The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people don’t get to see,” Madonna wrote, “but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand-in or the fabric of my curtains and never-ending comments about my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!

“It makes me feel raped. And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19,” she added. “Further proof that the venerable N.Y.T. Is one of the founding fathers of the Patriarchy. And I say — DEATH TO THE PATRIARCHY woven deep into the fabric of Society. I will never stop fighting to eradicate it.”

In the Times article, Madonna used the term “raped” to describe how she felt when unfinished songs off her 2015 album “Rebel Heart” leaked well before its official release. Ms. Grigoriadis noted in her piece that she didn’t feel comfortable enough during her interview to explain to Madonna that “women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically.”

Neither The Times nor Ms. Grigoriadis has responded to Madonna’s attacks.

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