Rumors are flying that Madonna’s new music video will be a tribute to the Stonewall riots—the event that started it all. This year is the 50th anniversary of when police raided the neighborhood gay club in Greenwich Village and incited a riot, causing six days of clashes between police, patrons of the club, neighborhood residents. Stonewall was a catalyst for the modern LGBTQ rights movement, and, now, it looks like Madonna might be paying tribute to the riots with her latest video.
Madonna’s new music is coming in the form of a studio album called “Madame X.” She has already released a single from the album titled “Medellin” and an accompanying video. Now, it appears that Madonna is working on a new video for the song “I Rise” from the new album. The video is rumored to be a “love letter” to the LGBTQ community. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise given that Madonna spent part of New Year’s Eve at the Stonewall Inn this year, where she gave a rousing speech and played a short acoustic set.
“I stand here proudly at the place where Pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year,” Madonna said on New Years. “We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution, 50 years of freedom fighting, 50 years of blood, sweat, and tears, can I get an amen? 50 years of sacrifice, 50 years of standing up to discrimination, hatred, and worst of all indifference. And it all started here, at Stonewall. Let us never forget the Stonewall riots and those who bravely stood up and said: ‘Enough!’ Enough brutality, enough violence inflicted of this community. Enough stigmatism, enough oppression, enough pain and suffering.”
We don’t have many details yet, but the music video allegedly already incited some drama when Monét X Change apparently left the Haters Roast tour to appear in the Madonna video.