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Deadmau5 and Madonna End Their Feud Via Twitter Summit

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For a few exciting hours yesterday, it looked like we might be witnessing the birth of a pop star smackdown for the ages — two artists, both sporting one-word names, both in love with electronic music, but seemingly bitterly divided over whether or not it’s okay to advocate drug use in front of thousands of young fans! — but as it turns out, the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding.

It all started over the weekend, when Madonna made a surprise appearance at the Ultra Music Festival and asked the crowd if anyone had seen “Molly.” For most people, it might have seemed like a relatively innocuous (albeit somewhat baffling) question, but for Deadmau5, it was clearly a reference to the drug MDMA — which is just one letter away from the title of Madonna’s new album, ‘MDNA’ — and he took Madge to task in a long Tumblr rant, deriding her for trying to be “hip” and “trendy” and concluding, “can’t smack my head hard enough right now.”

So what was Madonna up to out there? Was it a drug reference? Silly self-promotion? Or was she really looking for someone named Molly?

Sadly, it was none of the above. She responded to the “Molly” brouhaha by hosting a Twitter summit, because that’s what famous people do these days, during which she responded to the controversy by posting an old picture of herself wearing mouse ears alongside a thought balloon containing the words, “From one mouse to another. 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 …”

So there you have it: Tumblrs, tweets, mouse ears, thought balloons. Uh, maybe we’re the ones on drugs around here. Has anyone checked our coffee for liquid Molly?

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