I don't listen to too much electronic dance music (EDM), but I have taken a real shine to Deadmau5. There was that whole "giving away Skrillex's cell number at the Grammys" thing," and he just comes across as an interesting guy in interviews. Also, there's the giant mouse head.
Anyway, Deadmau5's latest feud is with prominent succubus Madonna, whose latest attempt at relevance was asking "How many people in this crowd have seen molly?" at Miami's Ultra Music Festival. "Molly," for the blissfully ignorant, is slang for MDMA, the active chemical in ecstasy, and if this were 1998, that would be a drug that parents the world over assume all people involved in the EDM scene are addicted to.
It was stupid, primarily because she's far too old to be casually name-dropping a drug her hyperbaric/macrobiotic/pseudo-mystic lifestyle won't let her do. Secondly, does this smack of an old uncle casually recounting acid flashbacks to anyone?
Anyway, Deadmau5 (neè Joel Zimmerman) took to Facebook to deride Madonna.
"Very classy there madonna. 'HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???' such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra. quite the f'n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer HIP AND TRENDY! fucking cant smack my head enough right now."
The whole thing apparently comes down to the fact that Zimmerman (who does not do drugs beyond cigarettes) dislikes the strong association EDM has with recreational drugs, and Madonna's blatant attempts at playing to the flavor of the month (her latest album is titled MDNA — clever, that) struck a chord. (Or an, um, synth patch or arpeggiated loop or something.)
As he wrote on his blog,
"…I really do remember the times the events I loved were pretty much outlawed by my city simply due to its speculated over-excessive drug use, and the media coverage that everyone loves to lap up around it."
I'm waiting for Madonna to dredge up that insufferable English accent she put on after marrying Guy Ritchie (a phenomenon now known as Paltrow Syndrome) for a response. But that probably won't happen — she's probably off scouting the next niche music genre to plunder the ever-loving shit out of for her next album.