Monday, June 21, 2004

From blog correspondent John Boyden
Madonna adopts the name Esther
Reminds me a little of Hillary Clinton's 'vote for me, I'm sort of Jewish' ploy, only I think Ms Ciccone is for some reason trying to identify with Kabbalah, a serious tradition in Judaism she apparently is exploiting. Wonder if this'll last longer than the bindi she wore back when she was making some half-good pop music (and thanks to the former was pissing off real Hindus royally). I think she's been into her Kabbalah lite at least since she was pals with and making bad movies with Rupert Everett so who knows?

And the English thing she was into had so much potential. She probably was only into it for snob reasons (remember, like, a year ago when she was trying to be Mary Poppins with children's books?) but there was the potential of it taking and her 180ing and moving Catholicwards. Alas. (Again, when I've heard her on the TV, I like the way she speaks - not obnoxious Detroit or Noo Yawk but not a badly done attempt at posh either, just cultivated, that's all.)

"I did spend, you know, at least a decade taking my clothes off and being photographed, saying bad words on TV, and, you know, that sort of thing," she told ABC's Cynthia McFadden. "I don't regret it, but it's just ... I mean everybody takes their clothes off now. And then what? You know? And -- and then what?"

JB: --And well said, indeed, Madonna--uh, Esther, well said!

Keep up the good work of being an intelligent, insightful role model for the youth of today. [End.]

It'd at least be funny if she were like Phoebe on 'Friends' channelling the restless spirit of a cranky old Jewish woman in New York called Esther.

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