On January 2 2015, the negative reaction to Madonna’s controversial social media postings (and repostings of her fans) of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesus Christ, Bob Marley and Marilyn Monroe wearing the Rebel Heart ribbon/tape prompted Madonna to make the following statement on her social media channels:
I’m not comparing my self to anyone
I’m admiring and acknowledging their Rebel Hearts
This is neither a crime or an insult or racist!
I also did it with Michael Jackson and Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe
Am I saying I am them
I’m saying they are Rebel Hearts too
I didn’t do it
My fans did
And I just re-posted those photos
My fans aren’t racist either
If they put me in the same category as these other people
Thank you. I’m very flattered and I hope one day to live up to 1/100th of what those people accomplished. – Madonna
Madonna You Can Be a #Rebelheart But Leave Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley And Martin Luther Out Of It
On January 10 1985, Madonna began filming the Material Girl music video in Los Angeles, California. The video was directed by Mary Lambert. Madonna met Sean Penn on the set.
In a 1987 interview with New York Daily News, Madonna talked about the concept for the video:
“My favorite scene in all of Marilyn Monroe’s movies is when she does that dance sequence for ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’. And when it came time to do the video for the song Material Girl, I said, I can just redo that whole scene and it will be perfect. Marilyn was made into something not human in a way, and I can relate to that. Her sexuality was something everyone was obsessed with and that I can relate to. And there were certain things about her vulnerability that I’m curious about and attracted to.”
Reflecting on the song, Madonna told author J. Randy Taraborrelli:
“I can’t completely disdain the song and the video, because they certainly were important to my career. But talk about the media hanging on a phrase and misinterpreting the damn thing as well. I didn’t write that song, you know, and the video was about how the girl rejected diamonds and money. But God forbid irony should be understood. So when I’m ninety, I’ll still be the Material Girl. I guess it’s not so bad. Lana Turner was the Sweater Girl until the day she died.”
On March 25 1991, Madonna performed Sooner Or Later from Dick Tracy at the 63rd annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Sooner Or Later won the Oscar for Best Original Song by Stephen Sondheim; her escort at the awards was Michael Jackson.
Sooner or later you’re gonna be mine
Sooner or later you’re gonna be fine
Baby it’s time that you faced it
I always get my man