What do Sean Penn, Warren Beatty, Carlos Leon, Guy Ritchie and Joe Gillis all have in common?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concertgoers after she touted President Barack Obama on her "MDNA Tour" in New Orleans.
The Material Girl asked during Saturday night's performance: "Who's registered to vote?" She added: "I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama." Drawing boos in touting Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, Madonna followed: "Seriously, I don't care who you vote for ... Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote."
Madonna is often outspoken. Some Colorado fans, mindful of a mass shooting there, complained she used a fake gun to shoot a masked gunman in a recent concert act in Denver. A Madonna concert in Paris in July drew ire when a video showed a swastika on a politician's forehead.
Some inevitable facts.
Madonna Louise Ciccone is fifty four years old.
She is, of course, known as, simply, Madonna.
She is also, of course, affectionately known as "Madge".
Nicknames like that tend to occur when a singer evolves from electric to elder.
Cute Beatle Paul only became Macca after he passed the big five oh.
And we probably would have come up with something for Mick Jagger, too, but he, cleverly, never stands still long enough for us to tag him with anything.
Nothing wrong, in my book of dog eared pages, with older pop stars keeping the stage fires burning.
It only gets a little dicey when those older pop stars start straining just a little too much to keep it "hip".
Neither the aforementioned Paul nor Mick seem to have any other agenda than doing their songs and counting their money.
Madonna, on the other hand, seems to be headed toward the slippery slope of trying to stay "hip" with by mixing in social and/or political commentary amongst the greatest hits.
Nothing wrong with having an opinion.
Nothing worse, though, than trying to "be" relevant.
Relevance is not a pro-activity.
You either are.
Or you aren't.
As to the answer to the original question, what do all the aforementioned gentlemen have in common?
They are all, of course, former suitors/husbands/liasons of our Madge.
Perceptive movie buffs will have nailed that from the first mention.
For those not so steeped in movie tradition, allow me.
Madonna is teetering ever so closely to that line across which she morphs from Madge into Baby Jane.
And, not to mix the movie metaphors, but my personal fear for her isn't so much that she will actually turn into Baby Jane....
...as much as it is she will turn into Norma Desmond.
"I'm ready for my close-up, TMZ....now go vote...."