Old habits die hard for Madonna, at seems. Appearing on Saturday as a featured speaker at The Women’s March in Washington, DC, she did something that she made waves for back in the ’90s: Having no problem with saying “fuck” a lot on TV. First, she spoke more soberly, saying that “It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the fuck up.” At that moment, the cable news networks stuck with her speech, presumably because of the context and tone. That changed moments later.
“Let’s march together through this darkness and with each step, know that we are not afraid,” she said. “That we are not alone, that we will not back down, that there is power in our unity and that no opposing force stands a chance in the face of true solidarity.” Then she dropped the bomb: “And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything, fuck you! FUCK. YOU. It is the beginning of much needed change.”
Both MSNBC and CNN quickly cut the audio from the march and apologized for Madonna’s expletives going out over the air. They didn’t explain why they didn’t do it for the first f-bomb, though. Being that FCC decency rules don’t apply to cable and satellite programming, neither network had a duty to cut her off.
As for what we said earlier about this not being new territory for Madonna? It wasn’t live, but she famously dropped a ton of f-bombs during a 1994 appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman.” While the expletives were bleeping that night, the unedited segment is, in fact, on YouTube and embedded above.
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