Madonna has been slammed on social media for recreating Marilyn Monroe’s death bed scene.
In the latest V Magazine cover interview, the 63-year-old Like A Virgin singer was seen laying face down on a mattress exposing her bottom, while in another shot prescription pill bottles could be seen by a nightstand.
Monroe was found dead at her Brentwood, California, home in 1962. It is believed that she had overdosed on tranquilizers the night before.
The deathbed scene in a photograph looks very similar to the one taken by Steven Klein. Fans were quick to criticize it as bad taste.
Madonna flashed her leg as she lay on Monroe’s bed to die. It was a recreation of Marilyn’s scene.
‘For some morbid and eerie reason, Madonna decides to re-create Marilyn Monroe’s death bed,’ pop culture expert Mike Sington tweeted.
Many replied saying, ‘This isn’t cool. Glamorizing suicide is the only way to get over the shock,’ one person said. Another said: ‘Yuck. Gross and inappropriate.
Another wrote: “This makes me queasy. It seems to me that it is in bad taste.
The photographer stated that Bert Stern’s series The Last Sitting inspired him. It is believed that Marilyn Monroe sat down for the last photoshoot six weeks before her tragic death on August 4, 1962.
Eerily similar: This is the same room where Marilyn Monroe, a famous film actress, was killed in 1962.
Risqué: The chart-topping star, who is promoting her new documentary Madame X, showed off her chest when in a bustier, and also flashed her very pert bottom while in a thong and fishnet stockings as she lay on a bed
Showing off her assets: Madonna is nearing senior citizen status after being a trailblazing iconoclastic musician for almost four decades. The 63-year old Material Girl singer looked half her age in a V Magazine interview.
Klein recreated the famous shoot with the Material Girl in no shirt and thong underwear, as she lay face down on her back with a cross.
The chart-topping star is promoting Madame X and also showed off her chest in a bustier while being surrounded by male bodyguards.
Her interview with Kanye West was one of the highlights. She spoke about Kanye West’s controversial Donda record, which she said is ‘the most inspiring’ music she has heard.
Backlash: Many took it to Twitter to complain that the shoot was not in their best interests.
The musician spoke out in an interview with Jeremy O. Harris that she was interested in the rapper’s ‘working toward failure’.
Madonna also claimed she respected Martin Luther King Jr.
The main focus of the cover package was her stunningly racy shoot, which made her look 33 and not 63.
Klein explained in his introduction that Madonna was not interested in re-creating images exactly. But they tried to ‘capture a liaison between a Star and the Camera, the mystery and the magic of this creative collaboration.
Revealing a lot. The provocative shoot by Steven Klein, who was inspired in part by Bert Stern’s series The Last Sitting. This is believed to be Marilyn Monroe’s final photoshoot before her death, August 4, 1962.
Madonna posted an alternate cover as a tribute to the original series. She was seen lying on her back on a bed with her pert derriere facing the camera.
Other photos featured the diva closeup, highlighting her age-defying features while she ran strands o pearls and diamonds across both her lips.
In glamorous white furs, she was seen in a hotel room with messy furniture. Prescription pill bottles were placed on a nightstand to reference Monroe’s drug dependence in her final years.
In some black-and white images, she wore a bustier based on her earlier tours. It was covered with thick jeweled strings that ran down to her legs.
Transformed: In some of the black-and-white images she wore a bustier inspired by some of her earlier touring looks and covered with thick jeweled strands running down to her legs
Iconic: Here, she is in a hotel wearing a racy outfit and male bodyguards surrounding her to ensure her safety.
The inspiration: Marilyn Monroe, the movie star who was photographed here in a 1950s glamour photo, inspired Klein.
One black-and–white portrait of her showed her in a simple black dress with fur thrown over her shoulder. This was to show off her platinum hair.
The singer also spoke out about her age and ability to perform with the required energy.
‘I don’t even think about my age, to tell you the truth,’ she said. ‘I just keep going.’
Madonna stated that she was ‘in anguish’ during her Madame X Tour due to the worn-out cartilage in both her right and left hips.
As for when she might finally retired, she said: ‘I think we’ll just stop when we don’t have any f***ing ideas, when we don’t feel inspired anymore.’
Elegant: One black-and-white portrait showed her in a simple black suit with a fur thrown over her shoulder as she showed off her platinum locks
Strange love stories: Madonna claimed Kanye’s Donda was her favorite recent art work and complained about the censorship that ‘cancel culture’ is being applied to her V Magazine cover story, published Friday
Elsewhere she spoke about falling in love and marrying Ahlamalik Williams, her 27-year old boyfriend. He dies in Madame X’s opening sequence.
‘That’s what made me fall in love with him: his commitment to what he was doing,’ she said. He was a symbol of Malcolm X as well as James Baldwin’s writings. That was what I loved. He died before I was able to take the stage each night. It was very poetic.
Harris was asked by Harris if she had seen or heard anything that she thought was cute and got the pop icon on Kanye.
On the edge: Harris said West was “staring at an asbyss right now,” to which Madonna Ciccone, a singer, agreed. However, she stated that she doesn’t agree all of his politics.
‘I mean, the only thing that I’ve heard recently that has inspired me is Kanye’s record Donda,’ she replied. “There are very few artists who are working towards failure. He seems like that to me.
Inspired: ‘I mean, the only thing that I’ve heard recently that has inspired me is Kanye’s record Donda,’ Madonna said. “There are very few artists who are working towards failure.” And I feel like it’s him’; seen in LA 2020
Harris said that West was’staring at an endless abyss right currently,’ which Harris (born Madonna Ciccone), agreed to.
‘I can’t say that I agree with all of his politics and the way that he thinks of women, or unmarried people having sex, or the gay community. But his work is on the razor’s edge, and it’s inspiring and it’s rare,’ she said.
‘Everybody was waiting so long for his record to come out and then finally when it came out, everybody else’s record came out, too. He was still the best.
Harris questioned West about West’s late addition to DaBaby. Harris did this after West was fired from several festival bill due to a homophobic rant at a Rolling Loud concert he gave in Miami in July.
Madonna stated that she was ‘conflicted” about his inclusion. However, she said that it was more important to “pay attention to the message, and not the messenger.”
Listen to the teachings. Don’t get caught up in the teacher, what the teacher’s doing,’ she added.
The songstress then bizarrely compared West’s embrace of DaBaby with Martin Luther King Jr.
“It is easy to see how Martin Luther King lived his life. She said that he was a Christian, God-fearing, preaching about family and morals.
Odd: The songstress bizarrely made a comparison between West’s embrace for DaBaby and Martin Luther King Jr. by bringing up his infidelities as a Civil Rights Movement icon.
Glamorous: Other cover photos showed the diva in closeup, emphasizing her age-defying features as she ran strands of pearls and diamonds across her lips
“And he had mistresses all over. Although he wasn’t living up to his image, does that diminish the fact that he did what he did for others and how he worked to failure, the ultimate failure which is death by assassination, and how he gave his life? No.
She stated that King’s treatment by the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, and ‘the Kennedys’ was troubling. She also said that she didn’t want to listen secret audio tapes that featured the Civil Rights Movement icon.
Harris and Madonna were discussing her new film Madame X, and he zeroed on a quotation from early in the film: ‘Artist’s are here to disturb the peace.’
Harris was curious if there was any peace left in the world. However, Harris explained that she was interested to fight censorship and cancel culture’.
‘I believe our job is to disrupt the status quo. The censoring that’s going on in the world right now, that’s pretty frightening,’ she claimed. ‘No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now. No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled, cancel culture.
Still kicking: Madonna closed the interview by calling herself the ultimate survivor.[When]All my friends died from AIDS. I get back to work and I keep on going, Basquiat passes away, and I get back to work and I keep on going,’ she stated.
“In cancel culture, disturbing peace is probably an act treason.” We could start right then, and then we could just talk about what our work as artists,’ she stated.
Madonna complained about Madame X and said that ‘everyone had told me not do it because of its ambition.’
She also stated that union rules regarding work after 5 p.m. meant show rehearsed until 3 AM and paid extraordinary overtime rates.
Madonna ended the interview by describing herself as the ultimate survivor.
‘There’s a line in my script, when my mother dies, I get back up and I keep going. And [when]All my friends died from AIDS. I get back up, I keep going, Basquiat passes away, and I get up again and I keep going,” she stated.
“This stranger raped my throat with a knife. I get up and keep going. My ex-husband betrays my. I get back up, and I keep going. My brother betrays my faith, but I get back up and keep going.
She added, “Either your mentality is to get up and keep moving, or you’re apathetic and think about what others think.”
Not stopping: ‘Either your mentality is to get back up and continue, or you sit around thinking about what others think,’ she explained.