On Friday, the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar hit the Internet. It includes a bunch of photoshopped pictures of Madonna, which we come to expect by now. However, it's Madonna's words that really hit your senses. Here is an excerpt:
"New York wasn't everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back, and had my apartment broken into three times. I don't know why; I had nothing of value after they took my radio the first time."
Madonna goes on to talk about how she wanted children, how she was hurt by all the controversy over her adoptions, and how she couldn't live if she didn't take risks. It actually shows her human side more than anything she has done in years. It doesn't smack of victimization; Madonna is trying to inspire people. No matter what you think of what Madonna has become lately, you cannot not respect her after reading this.
Madonna is trying to promote freedom of speech through an Art for Freedom grant program. She released an interesting, but pretentious film to promote her admirable ideas. She seems to get her point across much better when not trying too hard. But Madonna has made a career out of trying too hard and she's not about to stop now.