Madonna was honored as the Woman of the Year at Billboard's Women In Music 2016 event December 9, Friday. And during her acceptance speech, she was fully ferocious, funny and honest. Despite the award given to her, Madonna still felt not perfectly good as she reveals she was a victim of sexism, misogyny, bullying and abuse in her career.
Madonna Says She Has Been A Victim Of Sexism, Misogyny, Bullying and Abuse In Her Career
Madonna was honored as Woman of the Year at Billboard's Women In Music 2016 event Friday. And during her acceptance speech, she was the Madonna fans have known and adored since she debuted more than 30 years ago -- fully ferocious, funny and brutally honest. According to Holywood reporter, Madonna, unsurprisingly, stole the show the moment she took the stage.
"I always feel better with something hard between my legs" Madonna said as an opening remarks, straddling the microphone stand. "I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer," Madonna said. "Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse."
Madonna, the highest-grossing female touring artist of all time, who in March wrapped up a tour that took in $170 million, release her sprawling, revealing speech took us back to her life as a teenager. When she first moved to New York many years ago, NY Times reported that she was raped on a rooftop with a “knife digging into my throat.”
If you're a girl, you have to play the game. You're allowed to be pretty and cute and sexy. But don't act too smart. Don't have an opinion that's out of line with the status quo. You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don't own your sluttiness. And do not, I repeat do not, share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin.
Sexism, Misogyny, Bullying And Abuse Trauma
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. While these feelings are normal, some people have difficulty moving on with their lives.
Gladly, Madonna didn't suffer from any kind of trauma or traumatic shock. She said on her closing remarks, "It's not so much about receiving this award as it is having this opportunity to stand before you and say thank you. Not only to the people who have loved and supported me along the way, you have no idea... you have no idea how much your support means."