Madonna thinks ageism is the same as racism and homophobia...

Although it has happened, the elderly are not consistently tortured or murdered for being "too old," so it's actually a weak arguement for Madonna to compare racism and homophobia with such.

These days a lot of people are not even living to see 60 (and this coming from my mam who is slightly younger than Madge and have attended funerals nearly every week this year for friends not hitting that milestone). She should actually be grateful. Where I come from, getting old is seen as a blessing, not a curse. Her comments, lifted from her cover interview with Rolling Stone, come after she was recently blacklisted from BBC Radio 1's playlist for being too old.

Here's the entire quote:
"It's the last great frontier. We fought for the civil rights movement. We fought for gay rights. No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay. But my age - anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it. We still live in a very sexist society. It's just like I said. It's the last great frontier. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start. When I did my sex book, it wasn't the average. When I performed 'Like a Virgin' on the MTV Awards and my dress went up and my ass was showing, it was considered a total scandal. It was never the average, and now it's the average. When I did Truth or Dare and the cameras followed me around, it was not the average. So, if I have to be the person who opens the door for women to believe and understand and embrace the idea that they can be sexual and look good and be as relevant in their fifties or their sixties or whatever as they were in their twenties, then so be it."
Yes, ageism is a problem that particularly affects women in all industries, and I'm glad that someone is standing up to it. But she should not equate ageism to racism just because nobody wants to see the bare butt and nipple of a near 60-year-old woman on stage. Are people suppose to embrace this? Is this really what young people want to see? She should not equate ageism to racism just because she simply wants more leeway to compete with her younger carbon copy Lady Gaga. It's just not how you would expect a pensioner to behave generally. And I feel this is only an issue to her personally, because she's being targeted, so she's really thinking about herself and not necessarily because other women in their 50s and 60s are suffering the same. The only reason why people get on her so hard is because of her attention seeking antics. It may have worked for her 30 years ago but today, folks just aren't falling for it. Age isn't always the issue when you let your artistry speak for itself. Barbra Streisand has been around forever and still managed to score a #1 album without devaluing herself to shock antics.

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