Madonna: Plantation Mistress or Soul Sister?

by bell hooks
Madonna is no political radical. Despite her position at the forefront of radical chic, in reality she leads a parade of the "same old phallic nonsense" and masks her "racist aggression as affirmation" of black culture. For even as she appropriates black culture and seems to affirm it by making it mainstream, the film "Truth or Dare" reveals her domination of those that depend upon her - people of color and working class whites - along traditional, white supremacist, patriarchal lines. There's also the "Like A Prayer" video in which she makes a mockery as well as a prodigious use of stereotypes of the black religious experience. Oh yeah, she's bad. But she's bad because she's a blonde in blackface. The political reality behind Madonna is white supremacy and racism.