5 Times Madonna Stood Up, Proved She’s the Baddest of the Bunch (In the Best Way Possible)

Madonna has always been a controversial entertainer — a performer boasting a soundtrack to rock the decades, and a tendency for speaking her mind. She owns her sexuality and her femininity without ever minimizing her power, control, or influence. Madonna may cause a stir — and she may often use expletives when getting a point across, but she does not back down. Madonna’s recent Instagram post is merely one of her many controversial, but no-less socially reflective and inspiring moments.

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Madonna performs live on stage after the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest | Michael Campanella/Getty Images

Madonna stands for what she believes in, and she fights for causes that she holds close to her heart. And, for that, she is one of the baddest of the bunch…in the best way possible. And, she’s done it again. So, let’s dive into Madonna’s most recent post, in which she “bared it all,” as well as four other times she made her fans jump for joy and smile with pride. 

1. Inside the Queen of Pop’s recent Instagram post

Madonna recently took to Instagram, posting a photo of herself in a see-through bra and black underwear. She bares it all, leaving little to the imagination, and she accompanies the post with an important message: 

Current Wardrobe Sitch……………… And for those of you who are offended in any way by this photo then I want to let you know that I have successfully graduated from the University of Zero F*^ks Given. Thanks for coming to my Graduation Ceremony! 🎓 Class of 2020! 🎉🎉🎉 @stevenkleinstudio

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In short, she predicted the hate that would come from certain individuals — ready to pounce and cancel celebrity’s at the drop of a hat — and she let them know she doesn’t care what they have to say. She is who she is, and will continue to be the woman she has been since the day she rose to stardom. 

2. The time she dropped some truth bombs at the Billboard’s Women in Music Event 

Remember when Madonna was honored as Woman of the Year back in 2016? If you don’t remember her speech, you must have missed it. She started with the following sentence, as Billboard notes, “I stand before you as a doormat, Oh, I mean as a female entertainer.” She thanks those present for honoring her career despite the continued criticism and sexism she has faced for over three decades. 

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3. The kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in 2003 

Madonna’s musical career speaks of sexual freedom, liberation, and more. The kisses she shared with Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears at the 2003 VMA’s was an action that echoed a career defined by such liberation — a musical movement that Madonna helped barrel into the industry, breaking walls and shattering shackles since the 1980s. 

4. She said she would ‘rule the world’

Madonna appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand back in 1984. When asked about her future — the remainder of her professional life that was just beginning — Madonna stated her goals clearly and with conviction: “to rule the world.” What a response! Well-timed, clear, and lacking any doubt. It was perfectly unapologetic.

5. Every single time she reinvented herself without fear or hesitation 

Madonna has managed to remain timeless. While her music is part of this ability, she does so by choosing what works for her fan base. She knows her demographic, and she takes risks that may further eschew those already on the fence when it comes to her whole image. 

Yet, Madonna doesn’t care. She owns every choice, every reinvention, and every musical shift. For, she does what she wants with her music, not what will appeal to the largest common denominator. And that, makes her a true voice — a unique artist — as opposed to an industry robot.