Here's What Madonna's Thinking When Everyone Talks About Her Age
Love her or hate her, the fact is that Madonna has been topping music charts in the United States and around the world for more than three decades—and that's a huge achievement and testament to her prowess as a performer and pop culture influencer.
And even though Madonna seems to have a thick skin—she's never really cared what people say about her, has she?—there is one thing that's been bothering the 56-year-old Queen of Pop lately: ageism.
"It's still one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody," she told Rolling Stone, "and talk shit. Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society."
"No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay," she says. "But my age—anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start."
What do you think about Madonna's take on ageism? She's crushing it at 56—and I think we should give her accolades for that, not tear her down.