Madonna, you are so smart to keep creating the music and videos that excite you. The ageist critics who tell you to stop dancing and looking hot at 56 are the real old folks, no matter what their ages.
Madonna, the dissers who are trying to define or judge you for your age — 56 — are silly and small-minded. And in many cases, sexist! I’ll throw that in for good measure, because it’s true. You just released what is arguably the hottest, funnest and most compelling video of your life for your single, “Bitch I’m Madonna”, with guest appearances by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Chris Rock, Rita Ora and a fabulous rap set by Nicki Minaj. It’s ridiculous that anyone has the gall to tell you you’re too old to “have fun tonight”!
You happen to be in incredible shape, look fantastic and can still dance your legs off, so why shouldn’t you wear a tight minidress, show off cleavage, kiss guys and girls, and just plain put out a killer single? Just because you’re 56, doesn’t mean you should stop doing anything or being anything. You’ve always been sexually open, outrageous and boundary-pushing. Who says that when a woman crosses a certain age she should cover up, shut up and stay off stage — especially stop shaking her booty?
If anything, people should applaud you for showing that age is irrelevant to staying creatively and physically energized. Why should anyone “accept” their age and “age gracefully”, like georgiavanzan tweets:
Wish Madonna would just accept her age and stop trying to be so young. What ever happened to growing old gracefully?
— georgiavanzan (@VanzanGeorgia) June 17, 2015
Or how about Kara or Shoshanna:
I get it – Madonna is a pop legend. But everyone reaches a point in their lives when they need to accept their age, and she has yet to do so — Kara (@kmk5753) June 17, 2015
I feel like Madonna needs to remember her age…
— Shoshana (@_mirandajule) June 17, 2015
Then there’s William McDermid, who wants Madonna to act her age, not be a teen:
Have officially lost all respect for Madonna. There’s a difference of trying to stay on top and being trashy. Act your age not being a teen. — William McDermid (@McDermidWilliam) June 17, 2015
I’d guess that all these tweeters are under 35. That’s because they have no clue how anyone who is 50-plus feels. I bet Madonna, at 56, is as full of beans and ideas as she was at 26. Furthermore, I bet that Madonna, at 56, has more energy and ideas than most people do at 26. So why does she need to accept any preconceived notion about what “age” is or have to “remember her age”? Instead, they should all be thrilled that she is taking the lead and showing them and the rest of the world that you don’t have to “remember” or “act” your age.
Madonna Shouldn’t Be Shamed For Being Sexy & Daring At 56!
You can shake, rock, roll, be sexy, be daring, be alive, at 56, 66, 76 and more. If Madonna wants to “get freaky”, jump in the pool with her clothes on and “go hard or go home”, what is so wrong with that? I can guarantee that when Madonna’s haters get to be 56, they won’t be so willing, either, to “grow old gracefully”. And I’d like to ask these dissers — do they feel the same way about mature rockers Bruce Springsteen, 65, Mick Jagger, 71, Jon Bon Jovi, 53 or Steven Tyler, 67? I don’t think so.
So, Madonna haters — ask yourselves, would you diss a man for refusing to act his age? HollywoodLifers, what do you think? Does Madonna need to act her age or keep on kicking it to the curb? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller