Remember when I questioned why in the world Madonna was on the cover of Vanity Fair’s “green” issue? Here’s a perfect example of my objection.
Madonna has gone on a bat-shit crazy rant criticizing the Mayor of London over traffic congestion fees, mass transportation, and suggesting that musicians in general should be exempt from all taxes. WTF? The statements came during a recent interview with Q magazine. In her own words,
“Admitting Mr Livingstone wouldn’t be getting her vote, Madonna slammed the congestion charge and warned people not to use the Tube. ‘I would make it so that aspiring musicians wouldn’t have to pay the congestion charge, or pay taxes’ she told Q magazine. ‘Now all Red Ken [Livingstone] wants is road works going on everywhere. Don’t use the Tube; can’t use the roads? No, I’ll just have to walk.”
Obviously, for someone who lives in a world of chauffeurs and private-everything, understanding why the congestion tax is important is well beyond comprehension. As a result of the tax, the overall amount of traffic in London fell by 21 per cent between 2002 and 2006. The result is that 70,000 fewer vehicles are on the streets every day than before the charge began. Taxi use has risen by 13 per cent, bus and coaches by 25 per cent, and bicycles by 49 per cent.
Unfortunately, traffic is still an issue — as the public works sector has ramped up maintenance on roads and caused more delays; something a spokesperson said has been “long overdue”.
But for someone on the cover of a green issue, shouldn’t Madonna understand the big picture of less emissions and air pollution? Or is she too busy bitching to notice?