Madonna Praises Margaret Thatcher for Bravery, then Flees

It would be nice, when Madonna praises Margaret Thatcher as a positive example, if she would follow it.

I have to admit, the fact that Madonna even wanted to praise Margaret Thatcher is impressive to me. But people who make their living by being popular can’t really afford to ever offend their base. And giving props to Margaret Thatcher on Instagram definitely offended her base.

Billboard reports,

The Queen of Pop found herself under a wave of criticism after she shared a picture of the late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher from her Instagram account, captioned with the Iron Lady’s famous quote from 1989: “If you set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.”


Madonna’s comments didn’t sit well with her gay fans, the Pink News notes. Thatcher is still a polarizing character in Britain’s LGBT community for her stance on AIDS in the 1980s and for passing Section 28, which banned schools from “promoting homosexuality” (the legislation has since been repealed).

Hatred of Thatcher still runs deep. So what did the superstar do after promoting a refusal to compromise and the importance of not setting out to be liked?

Madonna, who lived in the U.K. during her marriage to movie director Guy Ritchie, quickly deleted the Thatcher post. But it’s been saved for posterity and shared widely on the Web. 

Kind of ironic, don’t you think?

But a woman who lives by the pop charts can’t afford to look to a woman who repudiated wanting to be liked as her role model or inspiration. Pop stars don’t lead in any area where their fan base does not already wish to go.

But I am actually impressed—or at least still wish I could be impressed—that Madonna ever chose to praise Margaret Thatcher. While I’m not at all surprised she backed down, I’m shocked that she wanted to pay homage to her in the first place.