The video, released Wednesday, depicts a pink-haired Madonna running amok in a hotel with a bunch of hard-partying 20-somethings, making out with guys and girls (shocking!), dancing on furniture, throwing drinks in people’s faces, sporting that g.d. grill again and generally behaving in a way a 56-year-old mother of four definitely should
not. It seems like a giant fuck you to all her ageist haters, and we applaud the songstress for that.
The video also features blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos (if you can even call them that) from Beyonce, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Rita Ora, as well as Madonna’s two sons, Rocco and David. Nicki Minaj also makes an appearance via green screen. Comedian Chris Rock and designer Alexander Wang are there, too, for some reason. Oh, and Diplo.
Yet despite having all the right ingredients (a catchy song, a colorful video, a star-studded cast), the Daily Beast called “Bitch I’m Madonna” “just plain sad.” Reviewer Kevin Fallon wrote, “At worst, it’s desperate. At best, it’s just dumb.” Meanwhile, Rolling Stone called it “epic” and a “blowout party.”
Those are two vastly different responses to the same 4:03 music video.
“It’s dreadful,” Instagram user grape_p0p wrote. “I am concerned she is not well and is being managed by a complete misogynist. Something is wrong.”
“It’s a fun party video for a fun party song,” jackbnimble80 commented. “It’s not that serious.”
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