“Madonna: We strier and cannever and ever water forever between ever, oy, oigaté, ratatim dachim dachunda? Eh, Madonna, Madoncilla, Madonzota?“. It was 1991, the time of the reign of Martes y Trece on TVE. Josema Yuste and Millán Salcedo were invited everywhere, every sketch became a hit and the interview with Madonna was about to become part of the history of Spanish absurdity… against all odds.
Panties and puppies
The interview with Madonna is a masterpiece of Dada humor, of nineties absurdity, a piece that has remained as if preserved in amber for later audiovisual study: a disrespect in every way for an artist who, according to the comedians, that day was in a foul mood and did not let the interview flow normally. And it was not cheap: it had to be at the Albergo Michelangelo hotel in Milan, where, at the gates, fans kept vigil all night waiting to see their favorite singer.
They say, in fact, that Millán Salcedo even went to the window to ask for calm and was brutally booed: Madonna was really pissed off, the answers to the duo’s supposedly daring questions (“Where does Madonna put the thermometer when she has fever?”) were answered with monosyllables and none of their usual tricks seemed to work. Until the unscripted happened and the craziest possible Millán came to the fore.
In one part of the interview, she is asked if they can help her buy panties because she “never has the money to buy panties. The pop star, in her thirties, replies “I don’t need you to help me buy underwear because judging by the way you dress I think I can manage better on my own.” Her face answering questions like “Do you find this table sexually exciting?” is a poem, and only when Millán starts imitating a puppy, forcing her to change chairs, do the smiles and sympathy begin.
Neither throwing popcorn on her, nor asking her silly questions: nothing was working as well as the sad puppy trick. And that’s where the TV story begins: with Madonna trapped in the nets of absurdity, Millán gives her a pair of granny panties, which she proceeds to put on her head. The comedian, thinking that he will never have such an opportunity again, begins to mount the singer as if simulating sex as if she were a dog.
The situation is pure chaos. “I don’t think I should have done this interview,” he commented just a minute before, and he didn’t know how right he was. Madonna’s thing went down in history as the coolest paletada in the history of Spanish television, a sign that the sanitized humor of ‘The Resistance‘ hasn’t invented anything and Madonna hasn’t been making music for forty years without having been tanned in all the stages of life. Madonna, Madoncilla, Madonzota.
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