Give all credit to Madonna (one of reason's 35 Heroes of Freedom, along with Margaret Thatcher, William Burroughs, Brian Lamb, and others!).
The Material Girl continues to coax periodic attention from an incredibly cramped and degraded square acre of land, like some sort of musicological Norman Borlaug (another one of our heroes) breeding drought-resistant crops that keep coming to harvest no matter how parched and played-out the soil!
Madge's latest controversy is a concert video that links Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to murderous dictators Robert Mugabe and Adolf Hitler…and, arguably more legitimately but even more damningly, presidential washout and weight-loss hero Gov. Mike Huckabee (what saint can a lapsed Catholic pray to so that the evolution-disbelievin', nanny-state lovin' Baptist preacher doesn't get tapped as McCain's running mate?).
A quick summary of the show:
Amid a four-act show at Cardiff's packed Millennium Stadium, a video interlude carried images of destruction, global warming, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe's authoritarian President Robert Mugabe—and U.S. Senator John McCain. Another sequence, shown later, pictured slain Beatle John Lennon, followed by climate activist Al Gore, Mahatma Gandhi and finally McCain's Democratic rival Barack Obama.
More here. No truth to the rumor that Bob Barr and Ralph Nader would have been included too if they'd been polling at 15 percent or better.
And the grainy, clearly illegally captured video:
Memorable quotes from Madonna, who performs the useful function of reminding us that celebrities, like artists and politicians, are often rich, famous, and generally stupid:
I want to be like Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, and John Lennon… but I want to stay alive.
Never forget to dream.
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.
I laugh at myself. I don't take myself completely seriously…. Even in my concerts there are so many moments when I just stood still and laughed at myself.