Madonna, at 58, has proven herself to be a very talented artist. She is a feminist, too, crafting messages of empowerment for women all over the world. So when she appeared at the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden and all that media commentators could see were her wrinkled hands, the more sensible minds said it may be time to give it a rest. Age-shaming, that is.
The fact is, the American singer-actress who had just culminated her successful Rebel Heart Tour remains beautiful and adored. While media may have capitalized on how her hands “did all the talking” at the UFC 205 event, and others lost no time in joining the age-bashing bandwagon, it was not enough to mess with the unfettered musician’s soul.
Madonna did release a mouthful in her social media sites a few weeks earlier, a time when election discussions about bad hombres and nasty women went into overdrive.
After being shamed for donning daring outfits deemed inappropriate for her age, the Queen of Pop began with the phrase “Acting my age?” on her Instagram account and then wrote, “Because it’s MY age and it’s MY life and all of you Women Hating Bigots need to sit down and try to understand why you feel the need to limit me with your fear of what you aren’t familiar with.”
She also added that nothing happens to bigots and “people who think in a limited way.”
In that same post, Madonna fanatics expressed just how big an inspiration she has been to them. Her throng of social media followers described her as “beautiful,” “timeless,” “diva,” and a “true queen” while one could not help but tweet an observation that her “clothes are a bit silly.”
The iconic performer, who has announced the premiere of her concert film, Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour on December 9 at 9pm on-air, on demand and over the internet, may just be humming her mantra these days: “Rise up! Do not give in to fear.” Indeed, fans and colleagues love her for what she is and for knowing how to rule. Today, she remains unrestrained in shutting down critics of her look and her age.
She is living her life, as an online user tweeted when a man posted a photo of her alongside the Game of Thrones character Melisandre, whose illusion of beauty disappers when she takes off her necklace, revealing a frail old woman.
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