Two days ago Ellen interviewed Madonna; I missed the opening flourish where both women indulged that flourish that Ellen loves to affect, being the lush. Except Madonna took it further; you’ve only had two sips of champagne, said Ellen.
Who were her models of inspiration? Debbie Harry, Souxie of the Banshees, Patti Smith.
But then Ellen read bits from a letter that Madonna wrote to her when Ellen came out and unleashed a media storm. Madonna quoted Martha Graham, I write imperfectly from memory: You have a unique energy; to deprive the world and people of the expression of that energy would be a crime. You have no right to judge the value of that expression, your work is to express yourself.
The words are immortal and should be carved somewhere on a slab of marble. But typically both women went on to have fun. I love Ellen’s show, it is funky, whatever; but no other person mingles with his/her constituency the way Ellen does, dancing round her audience. Then, at the end of her shows and whenever serious issues emerge, she exhorts us to be kind to each other. Again, who else does this? I once watched a vicious English woman, stretched tight and pre-sharpened, attempt to belittle, demolish the lovely Dolly Parton, gratuitously, quite unnecessarily, on her show. Who amongst us needs to over-promote the self at someone else’s expense? Blessings on Ellen for her gentle ways.