Earlier this month, the singer drew intense criticism after she reportedly asked a crowd at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami if they had “seen Molly”, using Stateside slang for the drug MDMA.
Deadmau5 then criticised the singer, tweeting: “Very classy there Madonna… such a great message for the young music lovers at ultra. quite the f’n philanthropist. but hey, at least yer hip and trendy! Fucking cant smack my head hard enough right now.”
Madonna then responded to Deadmau5’s comments by denying they had anything to do with drugs at all, saying: “From one mouse to another, I don’t support drug use and I never have. I was referring to the song ‘Have You Seen Molly?’, written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my album.”
However, Van Dyk has now also weighed in with his take on things, saying that Madonna’s comments were “counterproductive” and that she had made “the biggest mistake of her career”.
He told Billboard: “I don’t think she was thinking much. The only thing she was probably thinking was, ‘I need to connect with a young crowd,’ and she made the biggest mistake of her career. Madonna was so stupid to actually call out drug abuse in front of a crowd of 18-year-olds. This is not what our music is about. It’s really counterproductive.”
Madonna’s 12th album ‘MDNA’ was released on Monday (March 26) and looks to be heading straight for the top of the UK albums chart this weekend.
You can also read NME‘s track by track guide to ‘MDNA’ by visiting NME.COM/blogs.