Pop icon Madonna has been the center of attention following her recent appearance at the Grammy Awards, where fans and commentators alike commented on her unusual facial appearance. In response, the singer has now released a new photo of herself, accompanied by a tweet in which she addresses the criticism.
Caught in the Glare of Ageism and Misogyny
Madonna has taken to social media to address the criticism surrounding her appearance, calling out those who chose to focus on her appearance rather than the message of her speech.
In an Instagram video posted on February 7th, the singer stated, "Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim- Many people chose to only talk about close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone's face!!" The singer went on to say that she is once again "caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in." Madonna believes that this world does not "celebrate women past the age of 45" and will "punish her if she continues to be strong willed, hard-working, and adventurous." “I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I’m not going to start,” the seven-time Grammy winner continued.
“I have been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career but I understand that this is all a test and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come.
In the words of Beyonce ‘You-won’t break my soul.' ”
A Message of Empowerment
Despite the criticism, Madonna remains undeterred, using her platform to send a message of empowerment to women everywhere. In her tweet, she joked, "Look how cute I am now that the swelling from surgery has gone down.
Lol ?" The accompanying photo showed the singer smiling and confident, sending a message that she will not be defined or limited by societal expectations.
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