September 16, 2010

"Living in her gilded cage all these years, Madonna, once a frequenter of dirty Manhattan bars, clubs, and pizza joints, has lost touch with the Real New York...."

And then she encountered our Palladian!
If only he had stuck around. He might have heard a whispered "Thank you."
Ha ha ha ha.

18 comments:

Methadras said...

Palladian. Nice work. You are now famous for being cunty.

Palladian said...

Oh dear Lord. The woman probably didn't even hear me! Everyone was angry at the chaotic way the film shoot was disrupting the neighborhood! Half the P.A.s were apologetic! I'm not anti-film-shoot (or anti-Madonna), this one was just a mess! They were interfering with the shopkeepers on the block, who said they were poorly compensated for the disruption to their business!

Geez, I just acted the way a New Yorker is supposed to act when people rudely order you off the streets of your neighborhood when you're trying to go to the grocery store. If the P.A.s I grouched at had been polite it would have been a different story. In fact several of them were quite nice and understanding, like the guy who had to inexplicably guard police tape placed two blocks from where they were filming later.

None of the residents of the neighborhood that I spoke to were informed of the impending disruption, there were none of the standard "Film & Video Shoot" notices posted on the block in the days prior to the shoot. In fact, I don't even think they had planned to shoot here, as I later read that the base of operation (where the tents, trailers &c were located) was blocks away from my street. If there had been the standard advance notices and if the whole thing had been organized better, I wouldn't have had a problem with it.

And again, for the record, I had no idea that it was Madonna until later. I'm usually a nice, courteous person, who smiles at people and holds doors and lets everyone exit the subway train before I try to enter. It was the simple, unaccountable arrogance and disorder of the mess that set me off.

End of story. Now leave me alone!

GMay said...

Don't go all soft on us now Pall.

Own that shit!

Robert Cook said...

A friend of mine had a sublet for a year in the building in Alphabet City where Madonna first lived when she arrived in NYC, (which had been maybe 7 or 8 years before my friend's residence at the building).

Talk about "real New York!" The place was a dump, the neighborhood was a slum, and my friend had to keep a bucket of water by the toilet to insure he had a means to repel rats that (he claimed) would occasionally come up from inside the toilet bowl, having traveled through the plumbing!

My friend was no stranger to the neighborhood--he lived there in various buildings from 1979 to 2001 or so, at which time he married and moved into his wife's DUMBO apartment. That encompassed the time of the neighborhood's great 80s creative ferment, and he loved it. (See the film DOWNTOWN 81, starring Jean Michel Basquiat, for a snapshot in time of what the neighborhood was actually like during that era.)

Pogo said...

Good for Palladian.

The Crack Emcee said...

Don't go all soft on us now Pall.

Own that shit!


For real.

Clyde said...

Ha! I wonder what Mr. Taranto has to say about THAT! Who's the nobody now?!

Shanna said...

Geez, I just acted the way a New Yorker is supposed to act when people rudely order you off the streets of your neighborhood when you're trying to go to the grocery store.

I'm with you!

Unfortunately, when you live in DC you can't tell the secret service to get out of your way because you want to walk on the sidewalk when stupid Hillary Clinton is giving a speech. Well, you can tell them, but they just yell at you to go away.

Seriously, good for you. That's hilarious.

ricpic said...

What makes dirty dank dives "realer" than Top of The Sixes or '21' Club or even Elaine's? It's a prejudice and a stupid one to boot.

MadisonMan said...

I hope this translates into more art sales for you.

I love the trajectory of this story. From comment, to frontpage, to NY Post. Could a book deal and indie movie be next?

Tibore said...

Palladian, I don't wanna leave you alone for doing that. I wanna buy you a beer. Defend your turf, man, and don't let "big shots" come push you around on it! They were the visitors, not you.

former law student said...

Apparently Madonna and Radar O'Reilly were separated at birth, judging by the picture at the link. No wonder Palladium did not know who she was.

TRO said...

Gratz on your newfound fame. Let's just hope she doesn't send her old pal Rosie O'Donnell to hunt you down.

c3 said...

Palladian;
But did it increase traffic to your website?

knox said...

Is she really wearing those JFK glasses? How douchey.

johannalapp said...

So Madonna, infamous for her flat and wooden performances in every movie she's made since Desperately Seeking Susan, has been given the task of coaching real actors?

This does not augur well.

Tibore said...

"johannalapp said...
So Madonna, infamous for her flat and wooden performances in every movie she's made since Desperately Seeking Susan, has been given the task of coaching real actors?

This does not augur well. "


I dunno... nobody was flatter or more wooden than Sofia Coppola was in Godfather 3, but she's won awards for her directing, and even gotten an Oscar nomination for it (Lost in Translation).

That's not to say that Madonna will have better luck, though. I'm merely saying that flat acting in and of itself isn't an impediment being a good director. That's all I'm saying.

blake said...

Tibore,

Indeed, there seems to be little connection between the ways (e.g.) Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Ben Affleck and Kevin Costener act and the ways they direct.