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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Madonna Kennedy

"I think we should dress Madonna up as my mother. Wouldn’t that be a riot?” said JFK Jr. This according to the memoir, due January 24, Fairy Tale, written by RoseMarie Terenzio, JFK Jr.'s assistant back in 1999. Such was John-John's stunningly bad-taste idea for the cover of his George magazine. Surprisingly, Madonna had the good taste to decline! Too much of an ick factor for her, dressing up as her ex's mother? (Jackie? Oh!) The only reason Madonna gave for turning down the photo op: “My eyebrows aren’t thick enough...." (My God, how thick did they have to be, honey? You were asked to impersonate Jacqueline Kennedy, not Groucho Marx!) In any event, Madonna just wasn't ready for this kind of drag.

Madonna was no stranger to portraying First Ladies, however, as she famously assayed the role of Argentina's Eva Peron in the film version of Evita. So, maybe she simply decided she didn't want to make a cottage industry of it.

All this Madonna-goes-Jackie madness was reported by The New York Post on New Year's Day, and it was that sterling periodical that Photoshopped the above image, apparently, with the caption, "IM-MADGE-INE THAT! Madonna wrote a letter turning down John Kennedy Jr.’s offer to pose as his mom for George magazine — an image that might have looked something like this." The tabloid never fails to entertain, though not always for the right reasons. I doubt George's cover would have had Madonna wearing the iconic outfit Jackie wore in Dallas on the fateful day of JFK's assasination. Leave it to The Post to push the envelope on bad taste.

“'When you want me to portray Eva Braun or Pamela Harriman, I might say yes!'” [Madonna] wrote, referring, bizarrely, to Hitler’s mistress and the British socialite who married New York Gov. W. Averell Harriman and Winston Churchill’s son Randolph," The Post lasciviously informed its readership.

Yellow journalism has its advantages, like gossip as page 3 news. Anyhow, it was Drew Barrymore who ended up on the cover of the “Women in Politics” issue, ironically dressed as Marilyn Monroe in her infamous white halter dress from when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President Kennedy. Kind of twisted, no? (Hey, wait a minute! "Women in Politics?" Marilyn? Go figure.)

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