When Madonna came out with her hit ‘Vogue’ you knew it was over.
She had taken a very specifically queer, transgender, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics: ‘It makes no difference if you’re black or white, if you’re a boy or a girl.’
Madonna was taking in tons of money, while the Queen who actually taught her how to vogue sat before me in the club, strung out, depressed and broke.
So if anybody requested ‘Vogue’ or any other Madonna track, I told them, ‘No, this is a Madonna-free zone! And as long as I’m DJ-ing, you will not be allowed to vogue to the decontextualized, reified, corporatized, liberalized, neutralized, re-genderized pop reflection of this dance floor’s reality!
DJ Sprinkles, “Ballr/Madonna-Free Zone” (H/T Vincent Bernard)
Madonna stole a lot of stuff from gay culture, and watered it down for straight people.