Well, wouldn’t you know it. Always-angry feminists are upset with the one woman all of America loves: Adele. Yes, the woman once depicted in a Saturday Night Live skit as the single force to bring people of all different political backgrounds together, Grammy-winning sensation Adele.
Her crime? The singer had the audacity to say that she finds purpose in motherhood.
“When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t,” Adele told Vogue.
This simple statement set feminists off. Two overtly liberal outlets, the Daily Mirror and Slate, openly struggled with the idea that a celebrity—someone who was supposed to be on their not-so-covert motherhood-hating feminist side—could actually find purpose in motherhood.
Slate stunningly tweeted, “Uh oh: Adele tells Vogue motherhood gave her ‘purpose," as if this was some sort of crime.
The Daily Mirror’s tweet demonstrated their shock over her admission, as well: “Adele stuns for Vogue and admits having her son gave her 'purpose.’”
Slate’s article addressing the “slip-up” by Adele is even more telling; pure bewilderment pours over author Elissa Strauss that a woman as wildly successful as Adele could really only find purpose through motherhood.
“Adele tells interviewer Hamish Bowles about how her life has been completely transformed by becoming a mom. Her son, she says, “makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.” Later on she adds: “My main thing is Mum, then it’s me, then it’s work.”
This is a bold, potentially controversial, statement for a celebrity mom. Adele, ADELE, didn’t feel like she was truly living before she became a mom?! She, the universally adored force of nature behind, at the time, one of the bestselling albums of all time, felt like she didn’t have a purpose?
As Molly Hemingway of The Federalist notes, Strauss eventually comes to terms with Adele’s “betrayal” via the rationale that as long as the entertainer is still pursuing other things, like her singing, than this was begrudgingly palatable.
Hemingway makes another stinging point: “We’re constantly told that feminism doesn’t hate motherhood or bristle against children, but it has the most unconvincing ways of demonstrating that.”