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“Right now, more than ever, it’s an extremely timely story to tell.”
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Madonna opened up about her new film, Loved. The film, which she is directing and co-writing, will feature a gay character who fights for gay rights.
The project will be based on the novel The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer. “It touches on a lot of really important topics I’ve always been invested in or championed – fighting for women’s rights, gay rights, civil rights, always fighting for the underdog.”
Madonna’s own experience with oppression is what inspired her to create the film. “I’ve always felt oppressed,” she explains. “I know a lot of people would go, “Oh, that’s ridiculous for you to say that. You’re a successful white, wealthy pop star,” but I’ve had the shit kicked out of me for my entire career, and a large part of that is because I’m female and also because I refuse to live a conventional life.”
She continues to explain why she thinks her life is considered by many as not normal. “I’ve created a very unconventional family, she candidly admits. “I have lovers who are three decades younger than me. This makes people very uncomfortable. I feel like everything I do makes people feel really uncomfortable.”
“Why does this book appeal to me? Why did I want to adapt it into a screenplay? Because it touches me on so many levels and it deals with so many important topics.”
Madonna touched on some of these important topics during her fiery and blunt speech at Billboard’s Women in Music Awards. Her honest and revealing speech took the audience back to her life as a teenager when she first moved to New York City.
“People were dying of AIDS everywhere. It wasn’t safe to be gay, it wasn’t cool to be associated with the gay community,” Madonna recalled. “It was 1979 and New York was a very scary place. In the first year I was held at gunpoint, raped on a rooftop with a knife digging into my throat and I had my apartment broken into and robbed so many times I stopped locking the door. In the years that followed, I lost almost every friend I had to AIDS or drugs or gunshots.”