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We ask the people of Uptown: 'What do you think about Madonna?'

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Madonna: A pop culture figure so ingrained, so multifaceted, so ripe for yawping opinions about.

We deployed reporter Ryan Warner to the streets of Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood to take The People's pulse ahead of Madge's Rebel Heart Tour stop Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. Ranging from oblivious to searing, here are the Madonna takes of various Twin Citians when asked to respond to one simple question: What do you think about Madonna? 

Joe
32, Chicago

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Joe: She’s part of my childhood, but I left her there. I appreciate the impact she had on pop culture but I’m just not really that into pop. I was really interested in what she was doing when I was young, but it was because I was young, and now you see it all the time. Now you have people like Lady Gaga, but every time they’re doing something that’s extreme, they’re copying Madonna.

Erica
28, Alexandria

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Erica: I liked her in A League of Their Own and I do like the song "Ray of Light." [Peanut gallery: I fucking hate that song.]

Evelin
16, Brooklyn, New York

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Evelin: Who’s that?

CP: Madonna.

Evelin: What’s her song?

CP: [Shows Evelin “Like a Virgin” video]

Evelin: I don’t know what that is, and I don’t like it.

Carolyn (far left)
27, Pipestone

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna? 

Carolyn: I like Madonna.

CP: What do you like about her?

Carolyn: She’s just a talented lady. She’s in a bunch of movies, she can sing and dance. She’s a real triple threat.

CP: What Madonna are you?

Carolyn: The '80s Madonna, "Like a Virgin." The one that was ahead of her time.

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Carolyn
33, Greenwich, Connecticut

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Carolyn: I like Madonna. She has her own signature style, which is cool. Kids know what Madonna is; drag queens dress as Madonna.

Andy
29, Savage

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Andy: I would say, that the music video for "Frozen" grabbed me. It shaped me. I thought it was really artsy and dark. It spoke to my brooding soul at 12. [Peanut gallery: There’s no way Frozen came out when you were 12, to which Andy added: "'Frozen' is a song by Madonna.")

Trish
Born in the late '60s, Minneapolis

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Trish: I used to think she was fun but I haven’t listened to her in years. I checked out in the '90s?

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Trish: What does that mean?

CP: Are you "Like a Virgin" Madonna, "Like a Prayer" Madonna, trip-hop Madonna ... 

Trish: Oh, "Vogue" Madonna. That’s probably the last song of hers I was into. What kind of Madonna are you?

CP: Probably the Madonna of today that’s desperately trying to hang onto relevancy.

Trish: Why would you say that?

CP: I’m a journalist.

Trish: Oh, OK. I get it.

CP: What’s your Madonna karaoke standard?

Trish: I don’t sing karaoke. I wouldn’t. Look I was a teenager when Madonna came out, and everyone was doing the look: the bracelets, the lace.

CP: What did your parents think of Madonna?

Trish: They were like Who. Is. This? I have a 17-year-old daughter, and she likes some of her songs but I don’t think she really gets it.

Shannon
25, San Diego, California 

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Shannon: Ughh ... I think that she was pretty cool. But now, it’s like my grandma is throwing on some nipple pasties and dancing around, you know? It’s like, you had your prime. Look, I think she’s awesome but I think she’s trying to hold onto that. She’s embarrassing herself.

CP: But wait, you can’t count her out. She was older than her peers in the '90s. She’s certainly been counted out before.

Shannon: But she’s had so much plastic surgery, and she denies it. She comes out with music that sounds like what’s coming out today. I feel like it’s almost the realm of Cher, but Cher is still kind of cool. She’s been doing farewell tours for years. Madonna just tries way too hard. She should have never worn a grill.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Shannon: I’d say '90s Madonna. "Ray of Light"-era.

Mike
Minneapolis

City Pages: Does Madonna still “have it?”

Mike: She still has it. She’s getting older but she still has whatever it was that she had before.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Mike: Late-'80s. "Like a Virgin" is my favorite song of hers from that era. I think she was ahead of her time. She helped a lot of people break out. She showed people not to care about what other people think, but to think for themselves.

Gerald
47, Chicago

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Gerald: She’s good. I like a lot of her music. I’m a DJ, so I’ve gotta like her.

CP: What’s the best Madonna song to get the vibe rockin'?

Gerald: Ughh. "Like a Virgin," I guess. You know what? Give me a new answer: It’s the Austin Powers song.

CP: "Beautiful Stranger."

Gerald: Yeah, It’s got that Amy Winehouse, retro sound.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Gerald: [Laughs] I guess because I’m 47, so late-'80s, early-'90s Madonna.

CP: Do young people understand what Madonna means to America?

Gerald: Well, they can look her up on YouTube. Here’s the deal: When I was a kid I was into Jimi Hendrix, but that wasn’t what was on the radio. Kids today look at the icons of other eras in a different way. You can go on YouTube and see the icons and what made them iconic. It’s not all as bad as you think. A generation of young girls can look back and embrace "Like a Virgin." 

Michael
38, Minneapolis

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Michael: She’s an icon. I identify with the earlier stuff. "Material Girl" is probably my favorite record.

CP: Is that what you’d sing for Madonna karaoke?

Michael: No, I wouldn’t sing Madonna.

CP: But it wouldn’t be that hard. She doesn’t have much range as a singer.

Devin
31, Los Angeles

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna? 

Devin: But, excuse me; she’s a performer. I’ve been to her shows. It’s a production. It’s her telling stories with her songs and mashing up her own songs and her own history.

CP: What has Madonna done for our culture?

Devin: She’s made sex acceptable. She’s Madonna, bitch.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Devin: "Confessions on the Dance Floor." I really like the edge she took there.

Clark
67, Minneapolis

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Clark: Ish. No. I don’t like Madonna. At all.

CP: Be honest.

Clark: No. Not Madonna.

CP: You don’t seem like somebody who’d be interested in pop music.

Clark: That’s not true. I like Lady Gaga. I’m one of her Monsters. The thing with Madonna — she can’t even stand next to Lady Gaga. She’s a never was.

CP: Holy shit.

Chris
23, Milwaukee

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Chris: I liked her when she was in her prime. Feel like she’s come and gone in waves. She’s always had hit singles and videos, but we might have heard the last of her now.

CP: Do you think the internet has taken care of her?

Chris: Oh yeah, actually. The internet has definitely taken care of her. She won’t have another moment.

Danielle, 22, Minneapolis and Ja-Kayle, 22, Minneapolis

City Pages: What kind of Madonna are you?

Danielle: Honestly, I don’t care about Madonna.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Ja-Kayle: Beyoncé.

Josh, 23, Watertown, South Dakota and Dylan, 22, Elk River, Minnesota

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Josh: In one word?

CP: Yes

Josh: Overrated

Dylan: Yeah, sorry, that’s over.

Josh
26, Spokane, Washington

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Josh: Meh. There’s a scene in Mighty Ducks where the kids all pile into a van and one of the girls says “I feel like Madonna.” That’s my earliest memory of Madonna.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Josh: That’s too personal.

Andrea
31, Minneapolis

City Pages: What do you think about Madonna?

Andrea: I had sisters who grew up in the '80s so I had “hand me down '80s Madonna.” But I loved her through the '90s, and I loved her through the Austin Powers song. I remember her fall from grace, which was when she made out with Britney Spears.

What made everyone love her was this time when she was empowered and she made her sexuality her own. But then she kind of just hung around and had this nasty stupid half-life Madonna, where she was pulling shit like making out with Britney Spears. She had a moment, but she kind of ruined it.

CP: What kind of Madonna are you?

Andrea: Probably "Ray of Light" Madonna or "Don’t Tell Me" Madonna. Also, I can tell you from experience that Kabbala is a load of shit.