Madonna hit with yet more ageist, misogynist trolling – just like she predicted 30 years ago
Madonna may be one of history’s most successful artists and an all-round icon, but that doesn’t mean she is immune to social media trolling.
A recent TikTok video shared by 63-year-old has again sparked an array of ageist comments and critiques about her appearance.
In the footage, which has so far been viewed by 12.8 million people, Madonna can be seen looking into the camera, her long blonde locks parted into four braids.
Adorned with glittering jewellery and wearing dark rouge lipstick, she then begins to mouth along to the chorus of her “Frozen” remix, released with Canadian producer Sickick last year.
However the 13-second-long clip, in which Madonna appears to have used a filter, has garnered a slew of remarks and the majority aren’t about her impeccable style or music.
Of the top-rated comments on the video, one TikToker wrote: “Madonna would be more badass if she just aged regularly and would be perfect pulling that off.”
Another person added: “You’re allowed to look over 20…” While a third typed: “I’m not gonna lie this scared me so bad.”
The mother-of-six has long been plagued with misogynistic and ageist abuse because she has rare staying power in an industry which typically gives women a shelf life.
Just last year, when an photoshoot she posted on Instagram was removed due to her nipple being visible, Madonna addressed the negative opinions of her looks.
“Giving thanks that I have managed to maintain my sanity through four decades of censorship…… sexism……ageism and misogyny,” she captioned the reposted image.
However, the queen of pop is hardened to the reality of being an older woman daring to stay relevant, having even spoken publicly against ageism when she was just 34.
In an episode of BBC’s Jonathan Ross Presents, airing in 1992, Madonna was asked: “Do you think perhaps that you will be someone who will challenge this kind of taboo of women losing their sexuality or not being seen as sexual animals as much when they get past 40?”
“I think that not only do we suffer from racism and sexism, but we also suffer from ageism,” Madonna retorted, appearing to predict what was to come.
“And that is that once you reach a certain age, you’re not allowed to be adventurous, you’re not allowed to be sexual and I think that’s rather hideous.”
After winning Woman of the Year at the 2016 Billboard Women in Music Awards, the singer gave an impassioned speech in which she addressed the double standard for female artists.
“And finally, do not age,” she declared. “Because to age is a sin. You will be criticised, you will be vilified, and you will definitely not be played on the radio.”
“People say I’m controversial. But I think the most controversial thing I have ever done is to stick around.”