Sexual harassment ? It depends on who is doing the harassment

Madonna concert

Madonna, that vulgar little pop star and tireless promoter of the western world’s state-approved bigotry, is touring Australia at the moment. She shows respect for her shameless fans by turning up late for just about every performance, on one occasion three hours late. This insulting and unprofessional behaviour seems not to bother most of them. They are evidently ready to forgive or overlook the crassest of behaviours.

At Thursday night’s Brisbane concert, Madonna invited a 17-year-old fan onto the stage. During the chat, Madonna without warning pulled down the 17-year-old’s top to expose a breast to the stadium full of roaring fans. She laughingly quipped:

“She’s the kind of girl you want to slap on the ass … oh shit, sorry!  Sexual harassment. You can do the same to me if you like.”

The 17-year-old did not take up the offer and later remarked in response to the suggestion that Madonna had humiliated her:

“Only I get to decide if I’m humiliated or not. Why would people assume I am humiliated by my own breast, nipple or body? It’s hilarious to me how much of a big deal it is to everyone.”

To the suggestion she could sue Madonna, she laughingly scoffed:

“Seriously, why would I sue Madonna for the best moment of my life?”

We all know, of course, that had it not been the grotesquely vulgar Madonna that had pulled down her top to expose a breast but another sort of person, it could have been the worst moment of her life. In that case, the public furore would scarcely be contained, and the moralising journalists of the Age would be crowding the front benches of the kangaroo court to ensure the destruction of the pitiless offender.

As it was, the Age, a foremost leader in the great revival of anti-Catholic sectarianism, only mentioned in passing that Madonna’s performance ‘caused a ruckus with religious groups.’ Groups? There’s only one ‘group’ that that vulgar bigot targets – to the delight of the Age scribblers.