Electronic music is sweeping the nation. Ultra Music Festival in Miami is one of the biggest festivals of the year, boasting more than 150,000 people in attendance.

In the ‘90s, electronic music shows were generalized as raves where kids did drugs. This prejudice kept electronic music out of the mainstream until now. A popular drug used by some festival goers goes by the name “Molly.” But, Molly is not a person; it’s slang for MDMA (the active ingredient in ecstasy).

Madonna introduced headliner Avicii on the final night of the festival. Nearly half the people attending Ultra were at Avicii’s set.
“How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” Madonna said to the crowd.

Madonna’s ecstasy reference at Ultra Music Festival was completely irresponsible and a stupid thing to say.

Since her comment, two electronic dance music (EDM) titans have publicly come out against Madonna. DJs/producers Deadmau5 and Paul van Dyk have blasted Madonna on social media outlets and in magazine interviews.

“I don’t think she was thinking much,” van Dyk told Billboard. “The only thing she was probably thinking was, ‘I need to connect with a young crowd.’”

“I try to make an effort as not to blatantly condone [drug use] in situations where the young’ens are around,” Deadmau5 wrote on his Tumblr. “And trust me, the mau5 horde has plenty of little ones.”

Madonna’s new album, MDNA, (another MDMA reference) has once again reached #1 on the Billboard charts. Maybe her pandering with drug references has been a successful marketing strategy? I hope not. Madonna is in a position of powerful influence, whether she likes it or not. Don’t think she’s influential? She boasts a streak of five straight #1 albums. People are listening to her, to say the least.

A day after her remark, Deadmau5 did not let up, tweeting, “You’re a role model to 100’s of millions. You have a powerful voice, EDM could use your positive influence, not ‘molly’ talk.” The two went back and forth, but Madonna eventually gave her explanation. “From one mouse to another. I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song called ‘Have You Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my last album.”

This response may have quelled Deadmau5, but I don’t buy it. “Have You Seen Molly” is yet another obvious reference to MDMA.

What do you think? Was Madonna sincere? Or is she just good at covering her butt? What do you think about the use of drugs at any type of music festival? Send your response to as.review@wwu.edu.