Hypocricy (n) Poster child: Madonna, the pop-singer.

A definition from  The Merriam-Websters (online) dictionary:

1 : a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not; especially : the false assumption of an appearance of virtue or religion
2 : an act or instance of hypocrisy

In her Material World video (1984,) the singer was seen luxuriating through a long line of diamond-wielding, tuxedoed men while the frame story has us (very dubiously) believe that she will ultimately choose the man offering her flowers instead…and drive away with him in his dust-covered truck. Nothing in her worm-like seductive movements would indicate that she remotely interested in flowers–or love. Certainly there is nothing in the lyrics that would allow for this idea. 

Again, this two-dimensional romanticism reached tragic proportions during the opening of her Confessions World tour in Los Angeles (2006.) Madonna, again bruttishly offending the more than 2 billion Christians around the world, appeared on a large cross made of mirrors–the mirrors, incidentally, in which she sees her narcissitic self, inversely reflected.  The same Material Girl–remembers the diamonds?–further had the insensitivity, now at idiotic proportions, of making use of orphaned African children to sell herself, flashing their thin, sad little faces in the background on enormous screens. This is a cruel show of power not of charity.



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