I don't know about you, but I have a hard time confronting rude people in public. Someone decides that sneezing on the back of my head with an uncovered hand is something they must do? I grit my teeth in silence. Someone talks during a movie? I do a strategic "half turn" in my seat at the most. I am tragically non-confrontational.
So I kind of admire whoever thought it was a good idea to confront Madonna for texting during a recent screening of the new film by Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave. However, this person was clearly insane. Because, uh, they decided it was a good and reasonable thing to confront Madonna? Clearly they have been quietly living under a rock for many, many years.
Because Madonna is not someone who is going to tolerate a talking-to -- no matter how well deserved it might be! If a person is also a brand, maybe leave the etiquette lesson for another day. I'm not saying Madonna was right to text up a storm during the flick, I'm saying I think it's naive to think that scolding her in public is going to have the desired effect. I'm not wrong. Exhibit what happened next.
Rather than just ignore her teacher in the school of manners, Madonna archly replied, "It's for business ... enslaver." If I told you I did not snort-laugh aloud at that remark, I would be lying. Is it culturally insensitive of her to compare her fellow-audience member's request to slavery? Totally. Is it also kind of the reason I still love Madonna? Very much so. She does not give a hoot what you might think of her. She's arch and smart, and if she wants to be rude during a movie -- power to her.
Do you think Madonna was out of line?
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