Madonna accuses Grammy critics of ageism and misogyny after comments about her appearance | American News
Madonna faced criticism after Sunday’s Grammy Awards, calling those who commented on her physical appearance “ageist and misogynist”.
The 64-year-old queen of pop took the stage to present the award for best pop duo/group to Sam Smith and Kim Petras for their hit Unholy.
She wore a black tuxedo paired with bleached blonde eyebrows and carried a whip as she praised the “rebels out there”.
His appearance drew intense scrutiny on social media and in the press.
In an Instagram post accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos, Madonna said: “Once again I am caught up in the glare of ageism and misogyny that pervades the world we live in.
“A world that refuses to celebrate women over 45 and feels the need to punish her if she continues to be willful, hardworking and adventurous.”
She also said that close-up photos with a long-lens camera would “distort anyone’s face” and that she had been “degraded by the media since the start of my career”.
Frustrated that people are focusing on her looks, she tried to draw attention to German singer Kim Petras’ success as the first trans woman to win a grammyswhich she described as a “historical moment”.
Madonna continued, “I’ve never apologized for any of the creative choices I made or my appearance or attire and I’m not going to start.”
Petras paid tribute to the icon in her acceptance speech, saying “I don’t think I could be here without Madonna.”
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Madonna ended her response to critics by referencing lyrics from Beyonce’s album Renaissance – which won Best Electronic/Dance Album of the Night.
“In the words of Beyonce: You will not break my soul”.
Madonna will begin a world tour this summer with dates in North America and Europe where she will perform her greatest hits.