Madonna talked Trump, kissed Ariana Grande, and got frisky with ex-husband Sean Penn at a fundraising concert to benefit Raising Malawi, a foundation that helps African children. Yeah, a lot was going on there. Here's what went down.
Between singing and selling her possessions at the auction/concert, Madonna took every opportunity she could to slam the President-elect. The staunch Democrat sang "Toxic" by Britney Spears as images of the 45th President played behind her. She also recalled the time she slept in Donald Trump's bed, but don't worry— she didn't bonk The Donald.
Now don’t go jumping to conclusions because he wasn't in that bed. He wasn't anywhere near that bed. He wasn’t even in the room. I was just doing a photo shoot in Palm Beach for the Versace campaign in his house. I just want to mention that his sheets were not 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Yes. Cheap slumlord. Here's what I’m wondering: Do you think he's going to have nice sheets in the White House? Here's one thing I’m sure of. They won't be Egyptian cotton because we all know how he feels about Muslims, don't we?
Madonna didn't stop politicking there. She also commented on how land belonging to Native Americans is constantly being ravished (a nod to the victorious efforts of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters, perhaps?), adding, "It just really makes me feel ashamed. Ashamed to be an American, ashamed to be a human being, really." She followed up the statement by playing "American Life."
So, what is one thing Madonna actually does like? Clowns. In fact, Madonna played the entire concert dressed as one. Definitely a hot take after clowns were all over the news for luring children into forests this summer.
I love clowns because they run around trying so hard to make people laugh. And we need that, right? We need to laugh to survive, so I feel that clowns are deeply underrated and profoundly misunderstood.
Sean Penn even joined his ex on stage and jokingly restrained her with handcuffs to auction off their wedding pictures taken by the late Herb Ritts. They sold for $230,000. Additionally, Penn out-bid singer Ariana Grande for a $160,000 Swarovski crystal-covered dress , but said that she could "come over and wear it in my place anytime." Ew, creepy. Grande and Madonna danced together and even kissed during the concert. Ew, even creepier.
In the end, they raised 7.5 million dollars by auctioning off jewelry, gowns and paintings from Madonna's personal collection for Malawi's 1.4 million orphans and vulnerable children. Madonna's son, David Banda, was adopted from Malawi in 2006.