Ira Madison III

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Ira Madison III
Born (1986-07-28) July 28, 1986 (age 34)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Writer
  • critic
Alma materNew York University
Years active2013–present

Ira Madison III (born July 28, 1986) is an American television writer and podcaster. He is former critic at The Daily Beast, GQ Magazine, and other publications. Madison is currently the host of the Crooked Media podcast Keep It! and a writer on the Netflix series Daybreak.

Early life[edit]

Madison attended Marquette University High School, then attended Loyola University Chicago as an undergraduate, then New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for a master's degree in Dramatic Writing.[1]


Madison began developing a following on social media in the early 2010s as a writer for MTV News and BuzzFeed.[2][3] He has since written for various publications, including Variety,[4] GQ Magazine,[5] and The Daily Beast.[6] Madison was named one of the "most reliably hilarious and incisive cultural critics writing now" by Nylon in 2016.[7] Nylon also named Madison to its 2016 list of "The 25 Best Things We Read Online In 2016," calling his essay on Donald Trump's political rise "a fascinating look at the culturally sanctioned making of a monster."[8][9] Madison co-hosted a podcast at MTV News with Doreen St. Félix in 2016 called Speed Dial with Ira and Doreen, that focused on music, pop culture, and race.[10] In April 2017, Madison was featured in the documentary The Culture of Proximity.[11] In January 2018, Crooked Media launched the podcast, Keep It!, a show about pop culture and politics, which is hosted by Madison.[12] In December 2019, Madison had a cameo in Season 2 of the Netflix show, You.[13]

Twitter suspension[edit]

On Monday, November 2, 2020, Madison changed the name on his verified Twitter account to "Beto O'Rourke" and his profile picture to a photo of O'Rourke smiling.[14] He then tweeted, "I'll drop my nudes if Texas goes blue,"[15] followed by "es grande."[16] Madison was suspended from Twitter.[17] On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Madison shared a screenshot in an Instagram story that confirmed he was permanently banned from Twitter.[18]


  1. ^ Farrell, Paul (2017-01-10). "Ira Madison III: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  2. ^ "Ira Madison III BuzzFeed Page". BuzzFeed.
  3. ^ "Author Page Ira Madison III". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Madison, Ira, III (12 March 2017). "SXSW TV Review: 'The Son' on AMC, Starring Pierce Brosnan". Variety.
  5. ^ Madison, Ira, III (17 April 2017). "Kendrick Lamar Looks for Absolution on DAMN". GQ Magazine.
  6. ^ "Ira Madison III - The Daily Beast". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  7. ^ Iversen, Kristin (21 December 2016). "The 25 Best Things We Read Online In 2016". Nylon.
  8. ^ Iversen, Kristin (21 December 2016). "The 25 Best Things We Read Online In 2016". Nylon.
  9. ^ Madison, Ira, III (8 November 2016). "Donald Trump, Brought To You By 'The Apprentice'". The Daily Caller.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Brian (20 April 2016). "MTV News Launches Podcast Slate, Will 'Power' mtvU". Variety.
  11. ^ Ifeanyi, KC (19 April 2017). "Exclusive: Viacom's New Study Is A Marketer's Blueprint For Millennials". Fast Company.
  12. ^ "Keep It Archives | Crooked Media". Crooked Media. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
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  14. ^ @sirajahashmi (2 November 2020). "impersonating a public figure... yeah, the List comes for all, @ira" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ @phil_lewis_ (2 November 2020). "pour one out" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Palma, Bethania (2 November 2020). "No, Beto O'Rourke Didn't Promise To 'Drop My Nudes' If Texas Goes Blue". Snopes. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  17. ^ "Account suspended". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  18. ^ "Ira Madison got banned from Twitter". Retrieved 2020-11-14.

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