In a story covered by Vulture and MSN.com, iconic pop performer Cyndi Lauper has plunged headlong into political controversy by harshly slamming Madonna’s speech from last weekend’s Women’s March On Washington. Lauper stated that Madonna’s remarks about “blowing up the White House” after President Trump takes office were destructive and hurtful to the feminist message.
But tension between the two legendary vocalists began long before 2017.
Over 30 years ago, Cyndi was reading magazines when a particular ad in Billboard jumped out at her – Madonna, dressed in a trademark Lauper corset. The ad stated, “This girl will give Cyndi Lauper a run for her money.”
“(Madonna’s) record company got in on it. I felt really bad about (the ad),” Lauper recently told the website Pop Icons in 2016. Everybody else was fueled up by this supposed rivalry, but I was backing up, saying, I don’t wanna do this, I don’t wanna be part of this.”
The now 63-year old performer of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “She Bop” has said that she holds great respect for Madonna and tried to forge a friendship over the years, but it was hard to get close. “(Madonna) always had people around her, protecting her,” she lamented in the interview.
Claims of “elitism” and “protective bubbles” have dogged celebrity Clinton supporters since the campaign for U.S. President began in 2015.
On Wednesday, Cyndi told interviewer Andy Cohen that she strongly rejects Madonna’s violent rhetoric from the protest. “I don’t think that (the threat of violence) served our purpose because anger is not better than clarity and humanity,” Lauper said. “That is what opens people’s minds…yelling doesn’t, it just jacks people up, but it doesn’t communicate any kind of humanity,” she added.
In contrast, Lauper praised Scarlett Johnansson, whose speech at the Women’s March focused on a calm defense of Planned Parenthood.
Madonna has not responded to her former and possibly-current rival’s remarks yet, but has defended her explosive rant to the Washington D.C. protest crowd, claiming that the “blow up” segment of the speech was taken out of context.