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Madonna Says That New York Times Profile Made Her ‘Feel Raped’

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Madonna has read her New York Times profile, but Madonna was not pleased with it. In a lengthy post on Instagram Thursday morning, she shared a pair of outtakes and criticism of the piece: “To say that I was disappointed in the article would be an understatement - It seems you can’t fix society and its endless need to diminish, disparage or degrade that which they know is good. Especially strong independent women,” Madonna wrote. “The journalist who wrote this article spent days and hours and months with me and was invited into a world which many people don’t get to see, but chose to focus on trivial and superficial matters such as the ethnicity of my stand in or the fabric of my curtains and never ending comments on my age which would never have been mentioned had I been a MAN!”

Madonna said that she’s sorry she spent even five minutes with the Times writer, and that she felt “raped” by the experience: “And yes I’m allowed to use that analogy having been raped at the age of 19,” she said. (In the profile, Madonna used a rape analogy and the writer, Vanessa Grigoriadis, contemplates explaining that “women these days were trying not to use that word metaphorically.”) Madame X, Madonna’s 14th studio album, will be released June 14.

Madonna Says New York Times Interview Made Her ‘Feel Raped’