Madonna wows the crowd with stunning set at New York Pride
Queen of Pop and long term gay icon Madonna played an electrifying set in honour of NYC Pride and it was a VERY queer event.
Things can seem very bleak right now with a horrific war raging and the erosion of human rights in front of our very eyes, which perhaps makes Pride more important now than ever. To show up, to be counted, to protest and to be visible.
Madonna knows all this well, having stood up for gay rights her ENTIRE career and spoken openly and candidly about it before some of today’s gay icons were even born.
Not Santana performing with Madonna! pic.twitter.com/E7d6XhbK6v— Relax, Relate, Retweet (@divaTy) June 24, 2022
Partnering with NFT company World of Women, never a more apt group in this political climate, she took to the stage at Terminal 5 in Hell’s Kitchen to kick off NYC Pride late Thursday/early Friday night.
The show was emceed by Bob The Drag Queen who was one of a host of RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni to feature in the show.
In one of a few chatty moments, Madonna reconfirmed her love for the community and for NYC, saying:
“New York City, you know we are the greatest city in the world, for so many reasons. I was asked to perform at many Pride events around the world — but I would never, ever turn down New York City, because this is the city where I was born. I came out of my mother’s vagina in Bay City, Michigan, but I was born in New York City!”
The evening was also to promote Madonna’s new dance remix album Finally Enough Love and the place was decked out in artwork spanning her whole career.
More RPDR stars performed, namely fan favourites Violet Chachki and Laganja Estranja who lip synched to some of Madge’s greatest hits and there was even a cameo from her 16-year-old son David Banda who joined in with some signature moves and even a bit of comedy.
In her usual wry style, Madonna said to the cheering fans: “It’s a very weak crowd. Is the ketamine wearing off? Anyway, in case you didn’t know, the reason that New York is so great is that I’m pretty sure that the first queer human evolved from this city”, Queen Madonna told the crowd.
“I think they came from the caves of Central Park West. I’ve heard this conspiracy theory, that I don’t believe is a conspiracy theory. Anyways, not only is New York City the best place in the world because of the queer people here. Let me tell you something, if you can make it here, then you must be queer.”
The star studded audience was a who’s who of A-list LGBTQ+ celebs with Zachary Quinto, Jonathan Groff, Billy Eichner, Julia Fox, Gottmik and Gigi Goode all in attendance letting their metaphorical hair down.
Finally Enough Love is available now.
Finally Enough Love…,,,,🏳️🌈💙🏳️🌈💛🌈💙🏳️🌈 Thank you NYC and all who were part of the show!! Happy Pride! ❤️🔥 @worldofwomennft @MACcosmetics @belvederevodka @TheSandboxGame @Linktree_ @madeinnypizza pic.twitter.com/A9zMo5d3Bd— Madonna (@Madonna) June 24, 2022
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