Those two words, uttered by Madonna, in response to ABC-TV’s Cynthia McFadden’s question about a Lady Gaga song, has “gone viral,” as they say.
Even better, when McFadden, who certainly knows what the word means, asked Madonna to define it, M coyly said, “Look it up!”
Apparently, a lot of people have. Now, I keep hearing the word, generally accompanied with a laugh and a reference to the pop icon. Madonna has taught us much over the years, now she’s revived a word rarely used. (Well, I’ve always said if Madonna hadn’t gone into music, she would have stayed in Michigan and become Miss Ciccone, the stern English teacher.)
It was this benign answer about Gaga that became part of the Elton John/ David Furnish’s attack on Madonna, after she won a Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday night. The song is titled “Masterpiece” from her coming film, “W.E.” (Elton’s effort was “Hello, Hello” from the flop animated movie “Gnomeo and Juliet.”) Aside from ripping Madonna’s song, the pair declared — on Twitter and Facebook — that Madonna’s “attack” on Gaga “shows how desperate she is.”
Goodness, I didn’t get that at all. Madonna has no inclination to trash Gaga. But she is certainly within her rights to imply, gently, that Lady G. has appropriated some aspects of her image, sound and message. Music critics were the first, in fact, to point out the similarities between Gaga’s “Born This Way” and M’s “Express Yourself.”
Elton John, who has been a star since 1970, feels he has earned the right to be perennially cranky and opinionated. Fine. And he does wonderful charity work.
But I think Madonna, who has been a star since 1983, has earned the right to answer a question honestly, from her point of view. Or to accept an award, if she wins one.
Elton has had a bee in his bonnet about Madonna for years. At various times he has criticized her singing, dancing, her right to be a star, even. She has rarely responded.
In this case, however, it is Elton who appears to be “desperate.” Back in the day, Madonna could be ungracious and careless in her remarks, but I never recall her attacking another performer in this manner, or publicly declaring she should have won an award instead of somebody else. (Perhaps she learned her lesson when, in the midst of a wave of positive reviews and publicity for “Evita” — and a Golden Globe win — she said she thought she deserved to be nominated for an Oscar, too. The Academy was not amused.)
The truth is, most of the public has never heard either Elton or Madonna’s song. Why carry on so?
Oh, “reductive?” It means something is the same, only less.
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WHEN JENNIFER Lopez and Marc Anthony married seven years ago, they said it would last because they had so much in common — their careers, ethnicity, language. Alas, all that wasn’t enough, but at least they got two beautiful babies out of it.
Now, speeding toward divorce, they still have a lot in common. The 42-year-old Lopez is dating a 24-year-old dancer. The 43-year-old Marc is dating a 24-year-old model and beauty queen Shannon De Lima.
Both couples appear blissful in their shiny new relationships. Of course, it is Miss Lopez, the woman, who is taking more heat for her May-December romance. And yet, I just spotted a photograph of Jennifer and her guy, Casper Smart, strolling in Miami. They are casually dressed, wearing trendy shades. He looks older than 24. She looks younger than 42 (By the way, that is still quite young.) In fact, in this picture, both appear to be sexy, well-put-together 30-year-olds.
Nothing creepy at all. And none of anybody’s business, either.
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KUDOS to Rosie O’Donnell. She appeared earlier this week with CNN’s Piers Morgan, and gave one of the most sensitive, intelligent, positive interviews I have ever seen from this remarkable star. She looked terrific (still working that earthy Elizabeth Taylor-in-the-“Sandpiper” thing) and was utterly serene. Piers was his usual self, but Rosie rose above it.
She didn’t even bite when asked about her perennial nemesis, Donald Trump — no attacking, no criticisms. She shrugged him off. (The very worst thing you can do to Trump.) Rosie did say, with a laugh, “I only hope I can lose some more weight. Then he can’t call me fat anymore. Just disgusting!”
CNN tends to re-run Morgan’s interviews and I urge you to catch Rosie at her best. But of course, see her everyday on Oprah’s OWN network, which is finally catching fire.
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IF YOU’VE noticed that many of your favorite Hollywood funnymen are slimming down and buffing up, your eyes are not playing tricks. The Hollywood Reporter tells us that actors such as Jonah Hill, Jerry Ferrara, Seth Rogan and others do not want to go the way of Chris Farley and John Candy, both of whom feared they’d lose their audience if they lost weight. So diet and exercise have become essential not just for women and traditionally handsome men, but even the average actor.
Unfortunately, the slimmed down Seth Rogan provided the recent Golden Globes with its most unpalatable onstage moment. I won’t repeat his remark, but his co-presenter Kate Beckinsale looked neither amused nor flattered.
Apparently, the fat still lingers in Mr. Rogan’s brain.