Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Elton John Vs. Madonna (Again!): And the Winner Is...

May the best man win: He did!
Elton John is at it again. This time it's him against Madonna, and as usual, he started it.

On the red carpet at Sunday's Golden Globes, when Carson Daly asked him about the Best Original Song contest, which pitted him against Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Chris Cornell and Glenn Close, Elton, who once called Madonna's "Die Another Day" the worst James Bond song ever, said, "“Madonna hasn't got have a f**king chance of winning tonight”. Fighting words? "Accurate words."

Oops! Madonna won - twice. After the interview, Daly told Madonna that he'd just spoken to Elton. "Was he wearing a dress?" she asked. Check.

After her Globe win -- check mate! -- Elton's partner, David Furnish, launched an anti-Madonna tirade on, of all places, Facebook.

"Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!!... Madonna winning Best Original Song truly shows how these awards have nothing to do with merit. Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in it's narcissism. And her criticism of Gaga shows how desperate she really is."

Come on, guys! The best song won. It's not like "Hello Hello" (from Gnomeo & Juliet) was a pop masterpiece, to borrow the title of Madonna's Globe-winning W.E. song. "Masterpiece" isn't either, but it's the only one of the two that I ever want to listen to again.

As for Madonna's acceptance speech, yes, the faux-British accent was distracting, but what she said was no more narcissistic than Elton's general attitude (though in this case, he did predict to Daly that Blige would win) and Furnish's ire over losing. Aren't award shows all about narcissism anyway? Madonna had better be proud of her film (W.E., her second directorial effort) because nobody else is. And besides, fake humility on celebrities is as outdated as Sally Field's curly, wispy bangs when she gave her "You like me, right now, you like me" Oscar acceptance speech back in 1985. It looks worse than ruffles and sequins.

I adore Elton John, but perhaps it's time for him to stop publicly dissing his fellow pop stars (George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Shania Twain) as if his shit doesn't occasionally stink.

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