Madonna played to rave reviews in Los Angeles last week. The Clarion Content has long been a fan so that does not surprise us. What was interesting about the show was the special guests Madonna had invited.
Her Sticky & Sweet Tour was playing in the beautiful Chavez Ravine stadium of the Dodgers. The star studded crowd included such luminaries as Drew Barrymore, Rick Rubin, Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss and Fergie. The highly culturally attuned Madonna’s visual showcase included many images of Obama, whose election she recognized as cause to celebrate. She is also keenly aware of issues of sexual politics as the LA Times noted, Madonna and her rainbow-coalition dance crew, “enacted that struggle (Proposition 8) on-stage, both figuratively and literally.” She was quoted from the stage, “There is one little disappointment, though. I’m sorry to hear that Proposition 8 passed. But we will not give up the fight — never.”
So what about those guests!?! Megastar Justin Timberlake sang “4 Minutes” from Madonna’s newest release “Hard Candy.” Much more interestingly, long time Madonna fave Britney Spears performed. The Clarion Content, full disclosure, is a huge Spears fan and Spears defender. Britney, noting, she’s nobody’s f*cking victim joined the divorcing Madonna on stage for the ending chorus of a well received version of “Human Nature.” It is our thinking that Madonna hopes to mentor the troubled Spears; the patriarchy has a love/hate relationship with strong women who refuse to deny their sexuality.