Madonna Stands Up Against Ageism & Misogyny After Criticism of Her Grammy Awards Appearance

Madonna dismissed criticism of her appearance following her appearance at the Grammy Awards this Sunday night. In her latest Instagram post, the multi-award-winning singer lamented being “caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in,” after a photo of her face in close-up went viral online and unleashed an avalanche of negative comments.

The image was taken as Madonna introduced Kim Petras and Sam Smith’s performance of “Unholy.” (Smith identifies as non-binary, while Petras became the first openly transgender woman to perform at the event.) Madonna called it a “historic moment,” adding, “Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech, which was about saying thank you for the bravery of artists like Sam and Kim, many people preferred to talk only about the close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer who would distort anyone’s face.”

Madonna’s Instagram profile was flooded with comments calling her scary, unrecognizable and denouncing her alleged “obsession with plastic surgery,” although the singer has never publicly addressed rumors of cosmetic enhancements. British television host Piers Morgan, who is often criticized for making sexist and hateful comments, devoted a segment to the viral photo on his show “Piers Morgan Uncensored.”

The 64-year-old artist responded to the comments by saying in her Instagram post that the world “refuses to celebrate women over 45.”

Being in the spotlight for a controversial look is familiar territory for Madonna. But the singer, who wore a satin dress in the 1989 music video for “Like a Prayer” and a Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra during her “Blond Ambition” world tour in 1990, has never been intimidated by public opinion.

“I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I’ve made or the way I look or dress, and I’m not about to start doing so,” she wrote in the release. “I have been demeaned by the media since the beginning of my career, but I understand that this is all a test and I’m happy to be a trailblazer so that all the women coming behind me can have it easier in the years to come.”

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