At this point, it should no longer be flabbergasting when the media rips Madonna a new asshole for every move she makes and every word she says–even when those words are actually particularly salient. And yet, it remains astounding that the internet could manage to skewer her for comparing herself to Pablo Picasso in that he, too, worked well into old age because he continued to remain inspired.
But, of course, because making fun of Madonna for her intelligence and unabashed bravado seems to be as timelessly in style as a Chanel suit, various outlets have felt it best to take what she has articulately verbalized with headlines like, “Madonna Says She’s Basically Picasso” and “Madonna Compares Herself to Picasso.” The titles of these articles, dripping with just enough subtle derision, indicate that no matter what Madonna does, condemnation will follow.
What Madonna articulated without it being taken out of context from an interview with the Associated Press was this:
I like to compare myself to other kinds of artists like Picasso. He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so. Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that’s how I feel. I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have any more to say.”
And for saying that her intentions are pure in continuing to persist in making new music regardless of how mercilessly she is smeared by the press, by peers and by new artists, Madonna is, again, mocked. But it’s all right–it’s all fuel for the eternal fire of her creativity.