In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine published on Tuesday, pop icon Madonna compared Donald Trump’s win to waking up every morning after “being dumped” and “being stuck in a nightmare.”
The singer spoke out against President-elect Trump’s victory during an interview for the February issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
When asked by reporter Roxane Gay about how she feels about Donald Trump being elected president, Madonna admitted she still grapples with accepting his impending presidency.
Madonna recalled of that evening:
On election night I was sitting at a table with my agent, who is also one of my very best friends, and we were truly praying. She was on her computer. She’s friends with someone who was working on Hillary [Clinton]’s campaign and was getting blow-by-blow reports, and at one point she was like, “It’s not looking good.” It was just like watching a horror show. And then she was reading from the Quran, and I was reading from the Zohar. We were doing everything: lighting candles, meditating, praying, offering our lives to God forever, if only. I went to sleep, and since that night, I wake up every morning and it’s like when you break up with somebody who has really broken your heart.
You wake up and for a second you’re just you, and then you go, “Oh, the person I love more than anything has just broken my heart, and I’m devastated and I’m broken and I have nothing. I’m lost.” That’s how I feel every morning. I wake up and I go, “Wait a second. Donald Trump is the president. It’s not a bad dream. It really happened.” It’s like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare.
Madonna was an outspoken advocate for Hillary Clinton throughout the campaign trail and often voiced her disgust over Donald Trump. She continues to be one of Trump’s most active celebrity detractors, even including messages of resistance in her music, reports Huffington Post.
In regard to Trump’s election, Gay asked her, “What do we do now?” She replied, “I have to get way more vocal and become a little bit less mysterious. What I find really astonishing is how quiet everybody is in my industry. I mean, nobody in the entertainment business except for maybe a handful of people ever speak out about what’s going on. Nobody takes a political stance or expresses an opinion.”
Although many of her famous peers weighed in during the election, she said many have since gone silent and “want to maintain a neutral position so they can maintain their popularity.” She added, “If you have an opinion and people disagree with you, you might not get a job. You might be blacklisted. You might have fewer followers on Instagram.”
The pop singer concluded her statement saying, “There are any number of things that would be detrimental to your career. Everyone’s really afraid. Because it doesn’t affect their daily life yet, no one’s doing anything about it.”
— Harper's Bazaar (@harpersbazaarus) January 10, 2017
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