Madonna Equates Living Under a Trump Presidency to ‘Being Stuck in a Nightmare’
We learn new facts about the “Like A Prayer” singer in her feature interview for the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar (on newsstands Jan. 17). For one thing, her home smells “amazing” (“something delicious, maybe roasted chicken, was cooking in a kitchen elsewhere in the manse, and there was a gentle fragrance in the air, jasmine, perhaps“). She’s also serious about the quality of her wine. As Dustin, her server, takes away the “mediocre” wine that she tastes at the start of her interview with Roxane Gay, Madonna declares, “I’ll go broke before I drink bad wine.”
Ever the political artist, Madonna paints a picture of her experience on election night, which she compares to “watching a horror show.” She was watching the live coverage with her agent, who is also one of her best friends, and they began to pray as the results turned in Donald Trump’s favor.
“We were doing everything: lighting candles, meditating, praying, offering our lives to God forever, if only. I went to sleep, and since that night, I wake up every morning and it’s like when you break up with somebody who has really broken your heart,” says Madonna. “You wake up and for a second you’re just you, and then you go, ‘Oh, the person I love more than anything has just broken my heart, and I’m devastated and I’m broken and I have nothing. I’m lost.’ That’s how I feel every morning. I wake up and I go, ‘Wait a second. Donald Trump is the president. It’s not a bad dream. It really happened.’ It’s like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare.”
She feels that other entertainers are keeping quiet about their political views rather than expressing their opinion for a reason. “They want to maintain a neutral position so they can maintain their popularity. I mean, if you have an opinion and people disagree with you, you might not get a job. You might be blacklisted. You might have fewer followers on Instagram,” Madonna says. “There are any number of things that would be detrimental to your career. Everyone’s really afraid. Because it doesn’t affect their daily life yet, no one’s doing anything about it.”
As for future projects, Madonna says that stand-up comedy might be her next venture based on her obsession with the mystique of clowns. “I keep telling Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock that I’m going to do stand-up and they’d better watch out. I’m coming. I’m coming right behind them,” she promises.
Read the interview in its entirety over on Harper’s Bazaar.