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Because of the Internet, or because we've acquired some kind of maturity vis-à-vis the mass media, celebrities' social role has changed in recent years. It's not that they're less interesting but now we demand greater transparency.

Consequently, many have rediscovered art's ancient function as a public conscience and they use their media leverage for social purposes. An example? Madonna; who is not only still the greatest pop icon of our time, but also the one most committed to the fight for human rights, as demonstrated by her frequent public statements, her humanitarian work in Malawi and her recent project "Secretprojectrevolution" and Art For Freedom.

"Secretprojectrevolution" is a short film co-directed with Steven Klein. It calls for a "Love revolution […] a revolution of independent thought, of having your own opinion and not giving a damn about what people say".

The movie has an autobiographical slant and reflects the many battles against stereotyping that Madonna has fought in her life. "How can you create art without becoming involved?", says Miss Ciccone. "I like to compare myself to Frida Kahlo: everything she did was a self-portrait".

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