Liz Smith praises Madonna…, Right before leaving the New York Post…
Liz Smith Leaves New York Post Tomorrow
Interviewer: “‘Madonna said, ‘I love Liz Smith, she has big balls, like me.’ What is her significance to celebrity culture?’
Liz Smith: ‘Madonna! I couldn’t believe it when she said that – I am nothing near as brave as Madonna. And this was at an event that was hers, the premiere of ‘Truth or Dare.’ I was being followed around by an ABC camera crew for a story. And I kept saying, ‘I don’t think she’s going to cooperate.’ I hadn’t met her yet, though I’d been writing about her since 1984. But she looked right into the camera and said it.
Her cultural influence has been epic, in every way – sex, fashion, self-promotion, self-confidence, oh, and that little thing – her music! People want to forget that she is this giant figure in pop music, that she has written most of her big hits. She JUST DOESN’T GIVE A DAMN what people think. She won’t beg her audience for their love. And that’s why they love/hate her.
She doesn’t care – or at least she’d never admit it publicly – that she was hurt by the idea that her charity work and adoptions are a publicity ploy – as if she needs more publicity! She ain’t retiring, ever! And she sure doesn’t care that she’s 50 and her latest lover is 22. She’s doing what men do, and not apologizing for a second. I like her a lot.”
Which is odd, isn’t the New York Post usually brutal with celebrities? I live in New York, and it’s one of the trashiest newspapers that we have.