Two days ago
the lady herself, Madonna, posted a photo of three young guys holding bottles
of vodka and gin. The caption read, “The party has just begun. Bring it 2014.”
Instagram are a dime-a-dozen, but Madge is getting a lot of flack for this
particular photo. The same woman who
dated Dennis Rodman and who published a book called Sex has finally managed
to offend us. Why? Because the three guys holding the booze in the New Year’s
photo all happen to be underage. One, Madonna’s son Rocco, is 13.
A ton of
comments from offended fans have followed. Even her most fervent supporters
(like me!) are scratching their heads wondering why Madonna’s posting a photo
of her young kid holding a bottle of Bombay Sapphire. Madonna's response was the digital version of a raised middle finger with, "No one was drinking we were just having fun!
Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgment!"
I’m not easily offended, but Madonna’s photo and caption offend me for two reasons. One, I’m fairly certain we all kind of agreed not to say, “Bring it!” ever again. “Bring it,” and “Adorbs.” Weren’t we done with those?
Apparently, to disagree with Madonna is to be judgmental. How ironic from the woman who has made a career
as the self-proclaimed arbiter of right and wrong.
Madonna thinks we’re all a bunch of uptight nincompoops who just don’t get her super cool sense of humor.
But more seriously, Madonna’s photo and her follow-up response, which reads
to me like the pop-star equivalent of, “I’m rubber, you’re glue,” aren’t cool.
I don’t think it’s cool to have kids—and yes Rocco Ritchie at 13 years old is, in fact, a kid—glamorizing a lifestyle that’s illegal. I’m sure Rocco’s bestie
is Jay-Z and Rocco’s curfew is 5 a.m. I’m sure he doesn’t live a normal 13-year-old lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean his mom has to encourage him, or other young
kids, to grow up too fast.
Madonna thinks we’re all a bunch of uptight nincompoops who just don’t get
her super cool sense of humor. We’re judgmental, or else we’d get the hilarity
of her photo. And you know what? She’s right. We are judgmental. I am. If
judgmental means using some judgment when it comes to my kids, then yes, I am.
Maybe Madonna could stand to be a bit more judgmental, or at the very least use