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Are Half Of You Lying About Where You Learned The Word ‘Bourgeoisie’?

More than half of you learned the word “bourgeoisie” from that Madonna song where she sings about the bourgeoisie, a new study has found.

The study, which is untrustworthy as hell and is actually just a Twitter Poll I made a couple days ago, asked participants where they first learned about “the bourgeoisie,” which in Marxist thought refers to the ruling class that exploits workers for its own financial gain.

Did they learn it straight from The Communist Manifesto or from Madonna’s 2000 hit single, “Music,” in which she praises about music’s ability to “mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel”? Survey saysMadonna’s 2000 hit single, “Music”!!!!

More than half of the 165 people who took my stupid poll said that they learned the word “bourgeoisie” from “Music,” which spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 2000 before Xtina’s “Come On Over” dethroned it in mid October.

Fifty-two percent of you cited the titular lead single off of Madonna’s eighth studio album, Music, in fact! I know I shouldn’t extrapolate anything from there and apply it to broader society writ large, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I guess this means that more than half of you learned the word “bourgeoisie” from the titular lead single off of Madonna’s eighth studio album, Music.

Even if you think my study was worthless, which it is, and you find its findings useless, which they are, I think we can all agree that “Music” is a really good song and we should listen to it right now.


Harron Walker

Harron Walker is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. Her work can be found on Vice, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Vulture, Them, and a bunch of other places.

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