Madonna’s shockingly immaculate conception

Madonna mia! Ms. Ciccone dared speak her mind on cancel culture, and she wasn’t too magnanimous about it.

Here’s the sentence that sees the cancel culture commissars go red in their faces: “In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason.”

Known to the world by her first name Madonna (her middle name, Louise, has disappeared somehow), or as the Material Girl, this pop-singer and occasional actress used to be the left-wing crowd’s icon. The so-called progressives called her revelations of her personal erotic habits and preferences (for untold gobs of hard cash) a courageous sign of heroic advancement that would establish more equality and diversity in humanity.

That the two words, equality and diversity, are mutually exclusive, hasn’t sunk in yet.

Speaking to V Magazine, Ms. Ciccone spread her wings even wider: “The way people think about the pandemic, for instance, that the vaccination is the only answer or the polarization of thinking you’re either on this side or the other. There’s no debate, there’s no discussion.”

That’s called a perfect summary of events in a normal society. But not among those who feign mortal injuries whenever someone dares utter a word that doesn’t meet their lofty standards.

Ms. Ciccone took careful aim at her own comrades and sent another bullet in: “That’s something I want to disturb. I want to disturb the fact that we’re not encouraged to discuss it. I believe that our job is to disturb the status quo. The censoring that’s going on in the world right now, that’s pretty frightening. 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 cancelled.”

Ms. Ciccone has some four decades of experience in the entertainment business. Interestingly, by the way, it’s not called culture in North America. Whether all efforts in this field entertain all those who read, listen or watch remains an unanswered question, but let’s leave it at that.

In any case, Ms. Ciccone knew it was her right to speak openly and freely when she was expressing her disdain for the then-President-elect (and, later, President of her country), Donald J. Trump. She wouldn’t stoop as low as the losing candidate, Mrs. Hillary Clinton, who had abused Mr. Trump’s voters. Ms. Ciccone didn’t like the result, she didn’t like the winner, and she said so. She may have gone too far when she said (she was quoted as saying) that she’d rather see the White House go up in flames than watch Mr. Trump moving in. That equalled incitement to violence. But Ms. Ciccone got away with it: her industry has not only been long aligned with liberal politics, it also depends on free speech. It would suffocate without it.

Some of the segments in the interview would be funny if they were part of a cartoon.

But they are not.

Ms. Ciccone’s conversation with playwright Jeremy O. Harris puts on display even the fact that some left-wing-leaning artists lean more than others.

Ms. Ciccone praises Mr. Harris: “You talk about things that aren’t encouraged to be spoken about. You deal with topics that are not discussed in everyday society, even though we’re supposed to be so woke.”

Mr. Harris begs to differ: “It’s so funny you brought up cancel culture. Because my hot take about cancel culture is that I don’t think that it’s as frightening as some people feel it is.”

Did Ms. Ciccone ever read the famous saying by German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemöller?

Here’s what the good Pastor said: “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.

“Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.

“Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Ms. Ciccone’s reply to Mr. Harris is as simple and as chilling as Pastor Niemöller’s post-Second World War admission of guilt was: “The thing is the quieter you get, the more fearful you get, the more dangerous anything is.”

You can sum it up thus: when anyone can be silenced, eventually everyone can be silenced.

Ms. Ciccone has been entertainment industry’s icon (in general, and its left wing’s in particular) the last four decades.

Will anyone open a book, say, in Las Vegas, for bettors to predict how much longer she’ll stay on her pedestal?

Or: is it too obvious for the betting sharks to even entertain plans like that?

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