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What would you ask Madonna?

I posted this over on facebook, but I haven't really gotten any useful responses, so I thought I'd ask here as well:

It looks like I may have the chance to ask Madonna a question this week. Questions are vetted ahead of time, which means 1.) I kind of need to think of one now, and 2.) it needs to be good enough to get chosen, though, of course, 3.) it should also something I'd want to ask. Asking her for a kiss, or asking how many men she's fellated (the only two questions posted on my fb thus far) are not going to cut it.

So if you were me, what would you ask Madonna? Some of my thoughts:

1. About her kids: How would she feel about them getting into show business? (Groan ... everybody asks that), or about her youngest kids specifically: How does she feel about adoption law, international adoption law, the US not ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child because of pressure from anti-choice groups, etc.

2. About her new movie: It's about Wallis Simpson, which is a fascinating choice, IMO. I did some googling, and found a lot of ranty crap about Simpson being a Nazi-sympathizer. I don't want to get into that (and really, I mainly keep finding the same photo of her shaking hands with Hitler, which could easily be ascribed to pre-WWII politicking and not some sort of fascism on Simpson's part), but I did ponder asking about her response to those particular critics. Or just a general question about the origins of her fascination with Wallis (which seems an obvious answer: Madonna, too, was a scandalous American married to a Brit, and she's already said how floored she was by the vitriol people spewed in response to the mere mention of Simpson in the UK).

3. The old standby: What's your advice to someone trying to break into the industry, blah blah blah, gush, fawn, etc.



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Dec. 13th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
That's a cool opportunity...
While this might not be the 'best' question to ask her - maybe ask about her experience of a woman growing older in the entertainment industry? I see her as someone who will always be a star - and she's had an incredibly long career. She'll always be an icon, no matter what.
Dec. 13th, 2011 05:22 am (UTC)
Re: That's a cool opportunity...
I just sent in a long rambling email of questions, followed by a shorter, equally rambling email, also with questions. Since I was being indecisive, I figured it was best to pepper them with too much and then hope that they found a thread in there that they liked.

The emails:

Email 1:
Hi Sarah. I have lots of things I'd like to ask Madonna!

I know her new film is about Wallis Simpson (can't wait to see it Thursday morning!). I was curious how she arrived at her subject matter. I know Wallis Simpson and King Edward were mentioned in last year's "The King's Speech," although only briefly, and neither one was portrayed in a flattering light. Did that movie spark her interest in Wallis Simpson, or had she been aware of the story for a while? Also, how much of W.E. is fictionalized, and how much is true? Was Madonna able to meet with people who knew or were related to Simpson? What kind of access was she given?

I'm also curious about Madonna's thoughts on adoption. I know that her two youngest children were adopted from Malawi. I've read that Malawi has recently introduced legislation to prevent gays and lesbians from adopting children from the country. I'd be interested to hear her thoughts on that. I'd also be curious to hear her thoughts on adoption in the US. There's a total lack of regulation at the national level -- rules vary from state to state and are frequently changing. And in terms of international adoption, the US is one of very few countries to fail to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, largely due to pressure from right-wing and anti-choice organizations (in the misguided belief that secrecy will promote adoption and prevent abortion). what are her thoughts on the matter? Has she considered using her celebrity to work for adoption law reform?

And then, of course, I'd like to ask her how she got to be so awesome. :)

Recent photo attached, per request.

- hopita

Email 2:
OK, one last question --

I remember back in the early 90s, how shocking and scandalous her "Sex" book was (I always wanted a copy, but $50 was out of my league back in those days. My employer, a filmmaker, had a copy, though -- a Japanese import, if memory serves). I'd love to hear how she feels about her "Sex" book after all these years. Does she still recognize herself? Does it remain a positive moment in her life? Does she have regrets? Does she hide it from the kids? Does she keep a copy on the coffee table?

- hopita

All that being said, I like your question too. But I'm not about to send a third email. I already look crazy enough. :)
Dec. 13th, 2011 09:32 am (UTC)
being bits I think I know rather than what I'd ask Madonna...
Indeed Wallis and Edward were portrayed rather unflatteringly in The King's Speech, but Ed's fascist sympathies were well known at the time and later.

I never saw it, but there was an ITV miniseries in the late '70s about Wallis and Edward.
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