Madonna Loathes Hydrangeas: Video
Madonna Hydrangea Video from Venice
While appearing at a press conference at the Venice Film Festival for W.E., Madonna was offered a giant flower from a member of the press. It was a hydrangea. Clearly the guy didn't get the memo.
Madonna, in range of the switched-on mic, turns to the person on her right and says, "I absolutely loathe hydrangeas. He obviously doesn't know." Well, he does now, and so do we. If you are ever in a position in which you must offer Madonna a flower, make sure it's not a hydrangea. She won't take it home and put it in a vase.
Madonna graciously accepted the hydrangea, though, when it was handed to her. It's only the aftermath that was awkwardly funny in a comedy-of-manners sort of way.
W.E., which is Madonna's directorial debut, was universally panned at the Venice Film Festival. W.E. is about Wallis Simpson, who was Edward VII's lover. He abdicated the throne in order to marry Simpson, and the two honeymooned in France and got way too cozy with the Nazis. Part of this story is covered in The King's Speech, which, if early reviews of W.E. are any indication, is roughly 154x better a film.
This isn't a Wallis Simpson article, though. It's a Madonna-vs-hydrangeas article, so enjoy the video below. Found via dlisted, whose own coverage was more profane than ours.