The Jakarta Post
Singer-songwriter Madonna arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala to celebrate the opening of 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' in New York City, US, on May 7, 2018. (Reuters /Carlo Allegri)
During a recent interview, pop singer Madonna expresses her disdain for the toxic social media culture of 2019, especially toward Instagram.
“You get caught up in comparing yourself to others. I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad," she told The Sun.
Following the announcement of her upcoming Madame X album, the singer’s new alter ego shines a spotlight on her rebellious, non-conformist image. She stated defiantly: “I refuse to bend a knee to convention and what society expects of me as a woman.”
The singer also shared that she believes the norm of being judgmental online can deeply affect an individual’s self-image.
Of course, the singer speaks from personal experience. With a massive online following of 14 million Instagram followers and 2.5 million on Twitter, Madonna has experienced what it is like to come under fire before the scornful eye of the internet.
The singer said she believes that social media can “run people’s lives”, dictating what people can or cannot do simply by pressuring those who fall away from the expectations of millions of people online.
She expressed how the absence of this environment has affected her: "I was lucky enough to experience life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media because I did have that time to develop as an artist and a human without feeling pressure of the judgement of other people.”
In the end, she said her desire is for people to remove themselves from being reliant on the approval of others to validate themselves. This sentiment is clear in the words she said she delivered to her daughter, Lola: “Stop being so consumed with the way you look or how people are gonna compare you to me.” (ayr/kes)