It looks like Wendy Williams is back to her old, ratchet, bitter, nasty self. Recently on The Wendy Show, she offered up her personal American Billboard Awards recap, and it culminated in what can only be described as a disgustingly ageist attack against legendary pop icon, Madonna.
While praising Cardi B, Mariah and Paula Abdul –deservedly, Wendy panned Madonna’s performance. She blasted the eternal material girl for “moving like an old woman,” and she declared Madonna should either stick to doing her old hits or not perform at all. Wendy then reduced the performance to Madonna basically getting dragged around by the arm on stage, “like a dirty dishrag.”
The irony of Wendy’s bitchiness is that she inadvertently showed her pop culture ignorance by admitting she had never heard of Maluma. Truthfully, many American had not heard of him before his duet with Madonna’s, but Wendy meant this as an insult.
Maluma is one of Latin music’s biggest stars and deserves far more respect than Wendy trying to suggest that he’s an unheard-of, irrelevant artist. I’m sure more people know of Maluma in America than people know of Wendy Williams in Colombia.
Long after Wendy’s gossipy trash heap disguised as a TV show is gone, Madonna will still be in the history books for all the right reasons. She is a woman who proved her power in a male-dominated world, who changed the landscape for women in the music industry. Here she is, still going strong, and it’s disappointing to see her insulted in such a manner by another female, considering her contributions and influence.
All I know is while Wendy flip flops in and out of the gloom of her own personal life playing out in real time, Madonna is spreading joy, music, and art, and any misguided assessment that Madonna is somehow past tense, is easily dismantled by the following report from Billboard Magazine:
“Medellín debuts at #34 on Hot Latin Songs, the Billboard chart combining airplay, digital sales, and streaming data. The song, released by Madonna on April 17 as the first single from her new album, Madame X, makes it debut with only two days of sales and streaming activity – scoring 5,000 downloads according to Nielsen Music – and 5 of airplay. It also enters straight to #1 on Latin Digital Song Sales.
This makes Medellín Madonna’s fourth entry on Hot Latin Songs; she was last on the chart back in 2009, when the list was purely airplay-based. That October, she reached #35 with the English-language track Celebration.”
More than just a recording artist, Madonna is an ally to humanity, building schools in Africa for poor children and working tirelessly for LGBT rights and fighting HIV. As for her age, yes, on top of that, she is 60 years old, with one of the hottest, buzzed-about records of her career, complemented by an impressive Billboard Awards performance. She was also named the 50th anniversary Stonewall Ambassador for World Pride 2019 and just last night received a “Lifetime of Change” award from GLAAD. Oh and she’s still snatching international covers of Vogue.
In contrast, what is Wendy doing at 54 that gives her any authority to dim the flame of a badass 60-year-old like Madonna? What does Wendy ever do besides dip a tea bag and gossip about other people’s lives? Twitter dragged her for coming for Madonna, and justly so.
When it comes to Madonna, she is a legendary enigma, and when it comes to tea, Wendy should be so lucky if Madonna ever allowed her to simply hold her cup. Wendy, if you’re reading this…go sip on that!
This piece is an opinion piece by one Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine and may not reflect the opinion of the magazine or other Contributing Writers.