Dance music veteran Paul van Dyk told Billboard that Madonna made “the biggest mistake of her career” at Ultra Music Festival last weekend. During a hectic few days of guerilla self-promotion for her new album MDNA, the pop queen took the stage to introduce headliner AVICII at Ultra and asked how many attendees were using the club drug Molly, a question that was met with a favorably rabid reaction.
“I don’t think she was thinking much,” said van Dyk, who said that Madonna likely referenced the drug to connect with younger fans.
“This is not what our music is about. It’s really counterproductive,” the veteran DJ added.
Madonna defended her comments on Twitter, claiming “I don’t support drug use and I never have… I was referring to the song called ‘Have You Seen Molly’ written by my friend Cedric Gervais who I almost worked with on my last album.”
Whether she’s telling the truth or not, saying the word “molly” at a dance festival is like throwing candy into a playpen of hyperactive children.