In the latest issue of Rolling Stone (on newsstands today), Madonna addresses ageist remarks that have been sent her way over the years. And in light of the events at the Brit Awards, where the Material Girl fell during her performance, which resulted in Twitter exploding, some would have to say she has a massive challenge ahead.
At the start of her hotly anticipated performance, which closed the ceremony, Madonna was yanked backwards by her cloak down a flight of steps and seemed to land heavily on her lower back. However, the singer and dancer kept going and carried out the rest of her energetic routine.
Before the fall Madonna, 56, was also victim of an ageist joke from comedian Jimmy Carr, 42, who said that the only drugs backstage in Madonna’s dressing room were HRT.
However, Madonna is on a mission and has vowed that she’s not interested in being average and wants to empower women to understand that they can still be relevant and sexual regardless of their age.
Madge goes on to call ageism “the last great frontier” in civil rights:
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody, 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, 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.”
Madge’s new album Rebel Heart is available March 6th.