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Madonna Interview : Smash Hits

The “Like A Prayer” Video Rumpus
People who are really passionate and who realty have an open mind, if they really watch closely I think that the video has a very positive message and that they wouldn’t find fault with it. The passion… there’s something almost sexual about it really, if you want to get really psychoanalytical about it. The video was very… I think it had a very positive message. It was about overcoming racism and overcoming the fear of telling the truth. So many people witness crimes and they’re afraid to get involved because it’ll only bring them trouble. They’re afraid to stand out on a limb and stand up for someone else – I think it had a lot of positive messages. I mean, it’s a very taboo subject to have an interracial relationship and the idea of that kind of joyousness in a church. It dealt with a lot of taboos it made people afraid. And I think the peope who reacted negatively to it were afraid of their feelings that they have about those issues.”

Being Criticised
“I have to listen to the criticism that I get when it’s dealing with my work. It’s beneficial. I guess I don’t take criticism very well but it’s getting better. If I do something and there’s a hundred people in the room and 99 people say they liked it, I only remember the person who didn’t like it.”

The Wonderfulness Of Dark Hair
“The thing is. I wouldn’t even be blonde now except that I’m doing Dick Tracy (the film she is making with Warren Beatty) and I had to dye my hair blonde. I begged Warren Beatty because it took me so long to grow my hair out and I really wanted to have dark hair. Along with the album, which was much more personal and stuff. I felt kind of great having my own hair colour for the first time in years. There was something exotic to me about having dark hair versus blonde hair. And then I had to change it so I had a bit of an identity crisis – that was the avenue I was going down – and then all of a sudden I had to change it. Women with blonde hair are perceived as much more sexual and much more impulsive, not so serious… fun-loving but not as layered, not as deep, not as serious.”

Acting
“(Announced with almost manic determination) I really want to be recognised as an actress. I’ve learned that if you surround yourself with great writers and great actors and a great director and a great costumer or whatever, it’s pretty hard to go wrong. In the past I’ve been in a really big hurry to make movies and I haven’t kind of taken the time to make sure all of those elements were in line and good enough. It’s a waste of time to do something mediocre. Unless you absolutely believe in every aspect of it then you shouldn’t waste your time.”

World Problems
There’s a lot of terrible things happening in the world today and there’s a lot of people that need our help and there’s a lot of environmental issues that need to be dealt with. In terms of AIDS I just know so many people who have died of AIDS and it’s such a serious problem. Like, so much of the art community in New York. I feel like in five years from now all of my friends will be dead. It really hits home with me. It’s a very serious matter. “And then the Brazilian Rain Forest – as I said at the benefit performance (she recently appeared at a benefit in New York) I didn’t think that it was such a personal issue for me. I didn’t think it was such a big deal, until I got all the facts about it. It really is. more than the threat of a nuclear war, which may or may not happen. If we destroy the rain forest we are destroying ourselves, and it’s happening right now. In 50 years the entire rain forest will be gone. We need the rain forest for oxygen, we need the rain forest to absorb the carbon dioxide that goes into the atmosphere from all the cars and all the pollution and we need the forests to help find cures for AIDS and cancer (because many medical cures are developed from plants and animals and there are believed to be many many undiscovered species in the rain forest that may become extinct without us ever knowing about them) which is an important issue for me – my mum died of cancer and my best friend died of AIDS. (She is referring to Martin Burgoyne, a designer who she lived with before she was famous and who desegned the American sleeve for ‘Lucky Star’). It’s a really vital important issue.

The interview finishes like this:
“Is there anything else I’d like to say ? (She thinks for a long while) I don’t know. Peace. (She holds up two fingers in a V formation.) Peace, man. Make love, not war. That’s all.”

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