Madonna has vowed to be more vocal in her opposition to President-elect Donald Trump, and hopes the rest of the major players in the music industry follow her lead.
The pop icon told Harper Bazaar in a new interview published Tuesday that waiting for the presidential election results between Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “was just like watching a horror show,” and things only got worse in her mind when she woke up the next day.
“I went to sleep, and since that night, I wake up every morning and it’s like when you break up with somebody who has really broken your heart. You wake up and for a second you’re just you, and then you go, ‘Oh, the person I love more than anything has just broken my heart, and I’m devastated and I’m broken and I have nothing. I’m lost,'” Madonna said. “That’s how I feel every morning. I wake up and I go, ‘Wait a second. Donald Trump is the president. It’s not a bad dream. It really happened.’ It’s like being dumped by a lover and also being stuck in a nightmare.”
As a result, expect Madonna to get “way more vocal and become a little bit less mysterious” for the next four years.
Trump gets sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan. 20. TheWrap has reported extensively on his team’s trouble finding A-list musical talent for the inauguration, and even though a number of stars have turned down invitations to perform, Madonna thinks entertainers need to raise their voice in opposition.
“What I find really astonishing is how quiet everybody is in my industry. I mean, nobody in the entertainment business except for maybe a handful of people ever speak out about what’s going on. Nobody takes a political stance or expresses an opinion,” Madonna said. “They want to maintain a neutral position so they can maintain their popularity.”
“I mean, if you have an opinion and people disagree with you, you might not get a job,” she added. “You might be blacklisted. You might have fewer followers on Instagram. There are any number of things that would be detrimental to your career. Everyone’s really afraid. Because it doesn’t affect their daily life yet, no one’s doing anything about it.”