Rock legend Johnny Rotten has taken a playful swipe at Madonna’s controversial new NFT, which depicts her completely naked while giving birth to trees, butterflies and insects, among other things.
Pop superstar Madonna, 63, recently unveiled her collaboration with non-fungible token artist Beeple, which includes a 3D model of her vagina. While the project, titled ‘Mother of Creation’, drew a strong reaction on social media, Sex Pistols rocker Rotten, 66, shared an equally gasp-worthy reaction when quizzed by Piers Morgan on the project.
During an appearance on Morgan’s new Talk TV show Piers Morgan uncensored this week, the titular host discussed the project, saying it includes “scans of his genitals.”
“What I’m wondering is if you could bid for them,” Morgan asked.
After bursting out laughing, Rotten said, “I think if my memory serves me right, I saw the real thing and I never want to be reminded of it.”
Rotten, real name John Lydon, went on to add that NFTs “interest me because I get involved in them myself because I’m a bit of a painter on the side.”
The musician revealed that he ventured into selling NFTs to raise money for Alzheimer’s patients. Rotten’s wife, Nora Foster, lives with Alzheimer’s disease.
NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be copied or replaced. They are stored on a blockchain and may include things like videos and artwork. They are usually also bought and sold with cryptocurrency.
According to Statista, the value of global NFT sales in 2021 peaked at $11.16 billion. NFTs sold in the art segment were worth $2.57 billion that year alone.
During an interview with Beeple creator Mike Winkelmann shared on Instagram on Wednesday, Madonna defended her eye-catching project.
“I do what women have done since the dawn of time, which is to give birth,” said the singer. “But on a more existential level, I give birth to art and creativity and we’d be lost without both,” she continued, adding, “I think it’s really important that a lot of thought and conversation have gone into creating these videos.”
Madonna also retrieved their text messages between her and Winkelmann, “to help people understand our levels of detail and joke around with each other.”
“I say, ‘We need a forest with creepy bugs coming out of me,'” the star read. “‘We need a burnt urban post-apocalyptic landscape with this giant tree growing out of me.’
“Now I’m only telling you this because we ended up doing all of these things, we just ended up separating them. It’s rare for a robot centipede to come out of my vagina,” she joked. . “My journey through life as a woman is like that of a tree. Beginning with a small seed, always growing against the resistance of the Earth. The infinite weight of gravity.”
In a statement shared on Wednesday, the “Material Girl” singer said the purpose of the NFT was “to study the concept of creation, not just how a child enters the world through a woman’s vagina, but also the way in which an artist gives birth to creativity.”
Proceeds from the sale of the NFT will be donated to the charities National Bail Out, V-Day and Voices of Children.