Madonna is having a very hard time accepting that our president-elect is none other than Donald J. Trump.
"I just can't put him and Barack Obama in the same sentence, same room, same job description," she expressed to Billboard.
However the singer is turning her eye toward an unsuspected population: women. The songstress blamed internalized sexism misogyny for Trump's win. "Women hate women," she said. "That's what I think it is. Women's nature is not to support other women. It's really sad."
Madonna said while "men protect each other, women protect their men and children." She complained that the United States is on decline right now because many people "took their hands off the wheel."
"Women turn inward and men are more external," she added. "A lot of it has to do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn't bother to vote because they didn't like either candidate, or they didn't think Trump had a chance in the world."
The idea that not all women are for women isn't exactly new. The competitive nature that turns women against each other manifests itself in different ways, as Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster, co-authors of Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal, tell Forbes. "While most of us want to be kind and nurturing, we struggle with our darker side — feelings of jealousy, envy, and competition. While men tend to compete in an overt manner — jockeying for position and fight to be crowned "winners" — women often compete more covertly and behind the scenes. This covert competition and indirect aggression is at the heart of mean behavior among women at work."
The "Papa Don't Preach" singer certainly took the results of the election to heart, just like many others in the nation, saying "it felt like someone died."
"It felt like a combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death," she said. "I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, 'Oh wait, Donald Trump is still the president,' and it wasn't a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percenteage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high."
While Madonna is blaming women for the saddening loss, she was also quick to say that Americans in general can't afford to critique other nations and leaders anymore. "We're the laughing stock of the universe right now," she said. "We can no longer criticize other governments, other leaders. I'm hanging my head in shame."