Madonna blasted the music trade for oppressing girls and proscribing their freedom throughout a blistering speech.
The 58-year-old pop icon made the feedback whereas accepting the Woman of the 12 months award at Billboard’s annual Women in Music occasion on Friday – 09.Dec.16
“I at all times really feel higher with one thing laborious between my legs,” she cheekily started her speech whereas straddling the microphone stand on stage on the New York occasion.
“I stand earlier than you as a doormat,” Madonna continued. “Oh, I imply, as a feminine entertainer. Thanks for acknowledging my capacity to proceed my profession for 34 years within the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and fixed abuse.”
The mother-of-four candidly spoke about being raped at knifepoint after first transferring to New York as an adolescent, defying her most vicious critics and being known as “a wh***e and a witch.”
“One headline in contrast me to Devil,” she recalled on stage. “I assumed, ‘Wait a minute, isn’t Prince operating round with fishnets and excessive heels and lipstick along with his butt hanging out?’ Sure, he was. This was after I understood girls wouldn’t have the identical freedom as males.”
In direction of the top of her speech, the Materials Woman hitmaker thanked her critics and provided recommendation to younger girls attempting to forge a profession within the music trade.
“I’m not right here a lot as a result of I care about awards,” Madonna confessed. “I’m right here as a result of I need to say thanks. To all of the doubters and naysayers and everybody who gave me hell and mentioned I couldn’t or wouldn’t or should not, your resistance made me stronger, made me push tougher, made me the fighter that I’m. It made me the girl that I’m right now. So thanks.”
Calling out the oppression she and different girls have felt sufferer of whereas attempting to additional their careers, she added: “What I want to say to all girls right here right now is that this: Ladies have been oppressed for thus lengthy they consider what males should say about them.
“They consider they should again a person to get the job performed… As girls, we now have to start out appreciating our personal and one another’s price. Hunt down robust girls to befriend to align your self with and to study from, to collaborate with, to be impressed by and enlightened by. True solidarity amongst girls is an influence by itself,” she concluded.
Taking to Twitter after the awards, Madonna wrote, “Thanks BillBoard for honouring me!! it was good to talk my thoughts!”