Madonna turns 60 The painful lessons she taught us about aging while female
Madonna turns 60 today, a lifetime she’s mostly spent in the public eye in her four decades of pop music fame.
And if there’s anyone who knows about the pitfalls of aging while female and famous, it’s Madge, a singer who has courted controversy from her first hit album, 1984’s “Like a Virgin,” onward, with criticism of her behavior evolving in its pearl-clutching tone as she’s gotten older. Famously smeared as a slut for her convention-challenging brash sexuality in her career’s early years, Madonna has endured a different, sneering tone from the public over the past decade.
In 2015, she inspired a wave of ever-so-slightly condescending coverage for her “wacky” flashing stunt on the Grammys red carpet. Dispatches from her Rebel Heart world tour in 2016 – an ambitious trek that grossed more than $100 million – accused her of being late, drunk and mentally unfit to tour. That same year, coverage of her custody battle with ex-husband Guy Ritchie over son Rocco often painted her to be the tortured loser, forced to let her son stay in London with his dad. Her 2015 attempt at a party anthem, “(Expletive) I’m Madonna” was smeared as “delusional.” Piers Morgan, reacting to her 2016 appearance on “Carpool Karaoke,” fake-vomited in a bucket, telling his “Good Morning Britain” audience about her dancing on the show, “You can’t be 58 and dancing around like that. Put it away!”
And there was the debacle that was her guest appearance during Drake’s 2015 Coachella set, which turned what was intended to be an eyebrow-raising kiss between the two into a public humiliation when Drake turned to the cameras after with a look of exaggerated disgust on his face.
These wide-ranging stories all shared a similar cringe as they assessed their subject: an aging woman with the audacity to stay in the spotlight. And Madonna, who has proven to be an astute cultural critic time and again throughout her career, has spent the past few years fighting back, both in her continually unapologetic flamboyance in the public eye and in her barbed defenses of her behavior in interviews.
Taking the stage to be honored as the awards’ Woman of the Year, Madonna’s speech took a much less celebratory look at what it’s meant for her to be a woman in music, a chilling 10-plus minutes about the sexism, ageism and other abuses she’s weathered in her pursuit of pop success.
Madonna Woman of The Year Full Speech | Billboard Women in Music 2016
This year Billboard honored Madonna as the Woman of The Year so please enjoy her incredibly moving speech in its entirety at Women in Music 2016.
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