On Wed., Feb. 6, 2013, the New York Post reported an upcoming Madonna charity costume and props auction. Auction proceeds are earmarked to benefit the victims of the Sandy hurricane, a responsible and altruistic act all parents can applaud. Many may be thrilled to learn the gun from that tour won't be included.
Following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, gun props commonly used in dance and musical routines have been labeled, "gun porn." Considering that the gun might have generated more funds than the outfits, it's hard not to double-guess why Madonna is not including it, whether a taboo symbol of "gun porn" or not. Perhaps Madonna is being sensitive to the current gun control climate, in which students are regularly suspended under "zero tolerance" school policies regarding guns.
According to Allen Metz and Carol Benson, co-authors of "The Madonna Companion: Two Decades of Commentary," Madonna, ever known as one of the top irresponsible teen idols may be either a "wizard of shock-hype" or "a First Amendment moralist." In their book, they wrote it didn't matter how media, parents, and special-interests groups judged the motives of Madonna, it only mattered that the media gave her the publicity.
Elaborating on their prediction, the duo added as long as media continues to document, "the tiny tempests, winning Madonna miles of free promotional attention," teens would not forsake their idol. As of today, it appears their prediction was right.
Although many would call Madonna "incomparable," she has recently been compared to Hillary Clinton, or perhaps, it was Hillary who was compared to Madonna. Imagine.