“The definition of exploitation: people working for free in the name of art.” “Why are people working for free and sleeping on couches if they work for a billionaire?” “So basically, you are a billionaire and you expect people to work for free to support you? Just because you call it art they don’t have the right to get paid ”. It has not been two or three. The comments against Madonna’s latest post on Instagram number in the dozens. The 63-year-old singer shared a message on her account a few hours ago announcing that she was proud of her latest collaboration with photographer Steven Klein for the magazine V Magazine, in which she thanked all those who supported her “and slept on sofas and worked long hours and for free”, in addition to pointing out that the project was carried out “against all odds” and with a “almost zero” budget. A confession that has unleashed the anger of his followers on social networks, including that of not so anonymous people, such as the producer of the film Into the wild, Gaston Trezeguet: “Working for free? Why don’t you pay them yourself? Do you have little money or something?
But Madonna’s message has not sparked outrage just because of her words about unpaid work. One of the photographs with which the text has been accompanied, in which the photographer Steven Klein appears with a knife in hand pointing to the singer’s neck, has caused the queen of pop to be accused of “glorifying” gender violence. “Everything in this post is horrible. He expects his staff to work for nothing and promote knives ”, replies a follower. In this image, the queen of pop closes her eyes while Klein pretends that she is threatened with the utensil, while she holds the magazine in her hands, on the cover of which the singer can be seen in an image in which there are those who see some similarities to the image of Marilyn Monroe’s death. “Is a knife to a woman’s neck art? The patriarchal system is very happy with you. Turn on your brain. With all the women who are abused and killed, and what you post is a knife to the throat. Disgusting message ”, protests another user.
From a much more frivolous perspective, the appearance of the singer has not gone unnoticed by users of the social network, who, in the images, appears with her hair fully braided. “You had one of the most transformable faces and you have managed to destroy it with fillers and look like any other plastic Barbie doll. I am very disappointed. You used to be a role model, now you are one of the copies, ”says one of his followers. “And the braids?”, They are asked on several occasions about the hairstyle, in addition to the continuous references to possible surgical interventions on her face and the supposed retouching filters that she would have used when publishing the images.
The images of Klein, responsible for large advertising campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Nike and one of the most sought-after photographers in the industry, is characterized, among other things, by impudence and provocation. Her name made headlines, for example, after she turned model Linda Evangelista into an inspirational superhero. fetish and has signed album covers like Britney (2001) and the production of video clips such as the one for the song Alejandro by Lady Gaga. His work in the world of music and fashion has also earned him the friendship of such media characters as Madonna herself – whom he already portrayed for W Magazine doing yoga – and having worked with celebrities like Brad Pitt or David Beckham.