Reflecting on the 30th anniversary of ‘Erotica’ and her ‘Sex’ book, Madonna shared her thoughts about the criticism she faced when they were released.
Madonna’s 1992 album Erotica, released 30 years ago alongside her then-scandalous Sex coffee table book, paved the way for other female artists to express their sexuality. Reflecting on that 30th anniversary, Madonna shared her thoughts about the criticism she faced at the time of their release on Instagram Stories on Saturday (Oct. 22).
“30 years ago, I published a book called SEX In addition to photos of me naked. There were photos of Men kissing Men, Women kissing women, and Me kissing everyone. I also wrote about my sexual fantasies and shared my point of view about sexuality in an ironic way,” she wrote.
‘“Now Cardi B can sing about her WAP. Kim Kardashian can grace the cover of any magazine with her naked ass, and Miley Cyrus can come in like a wrecking ball,” Madonna said. “You’re welcome, b—-es.”
She then shared an interview clip circa 1992 in which she was paired up with an interviewer incredibly uncomfortable with Sex.
“What did you get out of it?” Madonna countered when ask if there was a message in the book.
“I got afraid,” he admit.
“Why?” she asked, to which he replied, “I’d never seen the likes of it.”
“You have so,” she teased. “You’ve never read Playboy magazine, Penthouse, or anything?”
“Yes,” he said, “But it was different with you. The picture of you astride the mirror, masturbating — I thought that was horrible. It just strikes me as horrible.”
“I think people’s reaction to specific situations in the book was much more a reflection of that person than me,” she pointed out. (The full video aired on 60 Minutes Australia in 1992 is up on YouTube.)
“Erotica,” the album’s first single, peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart. A remix of the song was included in Madonna’s recent collection Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones.
Rhino Records is releasing a limited-edition Erotica 12″ vinyl picture disc featuring a toe-sucking photo from her Sex book for the project’s 30th anniversary.