Madonna reflects on 'Sex' book legacy, says it paved the way for Cardi B, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus
Madonna's "Sex" book didn't give everyone pleasure when it was released in 1992.
The Queen of Pop, 64, reflected on the legacy of the coffee book on her Instagram Story Saturday and how it paved the way for other sex positive female entertainers like Cardi B, Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus.
"30 years ago I published a book called 'S.E.X.' In addition to photos of me naked there were photos of Men kissing Men, Woman kissing Woman and Me kissing everyone," Madonna wrote. "I also wrote about my sexual fantasies and shared my point of view about sexuality in an ironic way."
"I spent the next few years being interviewed by narrow minded people who tried to shame me for empowering myself as a Woman," the singer continued. "I was called a whore, a witch, a heretic and the devil."
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Madonna went on to say say that now Cardi B "can sing about her WAP," Kim Kardashian can show her naked bottom on magazine covers and Miley can "come in like a wrecking ball."
"You're welcome," she ended the post and added a clown emoji.
Cardi B took initially took offense to Madonna's post, writing on Twitter Sunday, "She can make her point without putting clown emojis and getting slick out the mouth ..These icons really become disappointments once u make it in the industry that’s why I keep to myself."
The rapper added she payed homage to Madonna "so many times cause I grew up listening to her," adding a screenshot to a Billboard article where she gushed about the pop artist.
Cardi B later tweeted, "I talked to Madonna …It was beautiful ….Have a great day and drive safely yallll."
Madonna also shared the sentiment, tweeting, "I love you @iamcardib !! Always have and always will."
Love you ❤️ https://t.co/LFUwHSARco
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) October 23, 2022
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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's 2020 hit "WAP" and its accompanying racy music video, Kardashian's butt-baring September cover of Interview Magazine and Cyrus' nudity in her 2013 music video to "Wrecking Ball" still drew criticism, despite society's changing attitudes towards women owning their sexuality.
"Sex" sold 1.5 million copies but its raunchiness became a bludgeon for critics opining on Madonna's sexual exploration.
"The queen o' kink draws on the same weary sexual fantasies you see front, back and center in the pages of Penthouse," wrote USA TODAY's Deirdre Donahue. "'Sex' isn't shocking. It's silly. Slightly pathetic. And worst of all, inadvertently funny."
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In an interview with British talk-show host Jonathan Ross in 1992, Madonna lamented that the controversy was overshadowing the artistry of her work.
“The subject matter that I deal with – because it usually is about taboo subjects – people are so frightened of my ideas that they try to undermine my actual talent or any artistic value that may be in any of my work,” Madonna said.
Contributing: Edward Segarra
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Madonna on how 'Sex' paved the way for Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, more