Why Won't Everyone Let Madonna's Rape Go Away?

madonna harper's bazaarMadonna talks about lots of things in her essay for Harper's Bazaar that everyone is buzzing about. Growing up in a dysfunctional family, the early days of her career, the PR nightmare of trying to adopt her son from Africa.  But the one thing everyone seems to be focusing on today is her RAPE.

Madonna was raped at knife point on a roof shortly after coming to New York City. She was around 20. More than three decades ago.

"I was raped on the roof of a building," is how she put it.


And that's exactly how almost every website is putting it too, verbatim in their headlines:

Madonna Was Raped At Knifepoint Soon After Moving to New York

Madonna Reveals She Was Raped at Knifepoint While Young in NYC

Madonna’s Scandalous statement: 'I was raped on the roof of a building'

Since when is a rape "scandalous"?!! In fairness, the last one comes form a Russian site so let's just hope something got lost in translation there. But at least they got the all-important "rape on the roof" detail in there. Sheesh.

It's horrifying to hear Madonna talk about this now, and it was just as horrifying when she first alluded to her assault years ago. It's not a secret, or a revelation or even a "shocking confession." While this may be the first time she's really opened up about what happened, it comes across more like a passing reference to a larger point -- how hard it was and how unwelcome she felt when she first moved to the big city from Michigan. She does not dwell on it. She also talks about her apartment being burglarized (but that's not in the headlines).

So WHY is everyone singling out this event now?

Because the world continues to be way too fascinated with rape and the culture that surrounds it. And it sells.

Read a snippet of the Harper's Bazaar interview and decide for yourself.

Is this news to you? Do you think everyone is missing the point?


Image via Harper's Bazaar

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