Madonna thinks people are sexist & ageist for not loving her Met Gala outfit


After the Met Gala, I read that Madonna based part of her look on the Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. Very forward-looking, right? Very “future of fashion.” Considering the Game of Thrones hair, the exposed breasts and butt cheeks, the absolutely tragic frozen face and the unquenchable thirst, it would be easy to forget that Madonna actually didn’t even do anything with the theme. But that wasn’t the point, Madonna is now saying. Because she “caused controversy” and got people’s attention for being ridiculous, Madonna took to Instagram (because she’s 16 years old) to “defend” her Met Gala look. Madonna says that we’re all sexist and ageist.

We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road leas traveled by. Thats how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I’m not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me‼️ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel ❤️ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality!

[From Madonna’s Instagram]

As the Twitter-handler for Nina Simone’s estate might say, “Cool story but please take Nina Simone’s name out of your mouth. For the rest of your life.” I’ve actually been thinking too much about women’s choices and how every woman has the right to choose what she does with her body, how she wants to dress, how and when she wants to expose herself. I would never tell Madonna that she should not expose her body, or that she doesn’t have the right to make whatever choice she wants to make. But that’s not exactly Madonna’s complaint. She wants to make her choices and she’s bitching at us because we don’t find her choices compelling, interesting, sexy or groundbreaking. While I agree that ageism and sexism are very real in our society, Madonna’s butt cheeks are not the hill on which I want to die.


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  1. Lucy2 says:

    No, we just have eyes, and are tired of her nonsense.

    • Anett says:

      Second that!

    • Denisemich says:

      Someone send her a memo that regardless of sex, there does come a time when people think you shouldn’t be so thirsty.

      Is that Ageism?

      I am not sure.

      Desperation looks bad at any age and on any sex

    • swak says:

      Honestly, I’m really tired of the half-naked, see through dresses myself. Has nothing to do with sexism or ageism. If men were doing the same thing, I would say the same.

      • paleokifaru says:

        Yes! I want everyone to put it away! Especially at an event like this. Just be appropriate and respectful to the venue and location you know? And do that at every age.

      • lucy2 says:

        I’m tired of it too.
        If a man wore something even close to that, he’d be criticized. If a 20 year old woman wore it, she’d be criticized.
        Madonna has suddenly decided the comeback to ever criticism is sexism, even though it almost never applies to the issues people have with her.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        It’s the met gala though, so I don’t think attention-seeking fashion choices are inappropriate or ‘disrespectful’ there. If someone wore this to, say, the funeral of the pope, that argument would be more fitting.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I remember last year when JLo, KK, and Beyoncé all wore super sheer “dresses”, people rolled their eyes as well.

      • paleokifaru says:

        I think naked as a fashion choice is always inappropriate but especially when it is what you choose at an event to celebrate design as art. Maybe it’s just me.

    • Who ARE these people? says:


    • Sarah(too) says:

      Does she own a mirror? Also, the first thing I thought of when I originally saw her pictures from the Met was Rocco. Your teenage son is embarrassed by you, fighting to live with his father to get away from you, and you choose to do this? My word. If I were the judge, all Rocco’s attorney would have to do is show me this picture and I would tell Rocco to go out and do what he wants. Being raised by wolves would likely be better than being raised by Madonna.

      • jenny breen says:

        That’s what I thought about too. I’m her age and have 5 adult children . I know they would be so embarrassed If they were teenagers it would of killed them

      • mary simon says:

        +1 Sarah. Madonna has no sense of discernment. Instead of pulling herself together, she is acting out. I think Guy and Rocco are having to play and placate her, to seem to accommodate and negotiate with her because she has completely lost her shit. She used to seem to be in control of her life and her career but now she is unprofessional and embarrassing. The only thing missing in her trashy Game of Thrones dungeon garb is her little plastic dragon pinned to her shoulder.

      • Really? says:

        She reeks of desperation and fear of aging gracefully. My condolences to her kids. Rocco absolutely did the right thing by moving in with his father’s family. Compare and contrast Madonna and Helen Mirren. Trashy/Classy.

      • Dorien says:

        Nobody should wear this. At ANY AGE! Whether a teen, 20’s, 30’s or whatever! Even KK hasn’t gone this far! I do love the coat and the boots. But a simple , black mini-dress, well cut and tailored would have been fine.

    • lisa says:

      i for one am tired of ms desmond’s closeup

    • bmore says:

      +1 Thank you.

      Ish needs to have a seat, Helen Mirren has no problem expressing her sexuality without being a sad circus clown.

    • LeAnn Stinks says:

      Exactly, this woman is so deluded, and apparently, she seems to own a magic mirror.

    • Rosemary says:

      Yeah…that’s just a really horrible outfit. I doubt that it would look good on anyone (unless they were being paid by the hour, and therefore John wouldn’t really care).

    • Dorien says:

      I just realized she is wrapped in KT tape!!! For those who aren’t familiar, KT tape is used for injuries, sprains, sciatica….generally pain with movement!

      Oh and if she was paid by the hour , it would take the entire hour to get all that stuff off, lol!

  2. Jaded says:

    No Madonna, we’re not sexist or ageist – we just don’t like getting our eyeballs violated. Now shut up and f*ck off.

    • Megan says:

      I don’t think someone with a completely jacked face should be calling out others as ageist. Her prejudice against age is literally written all over her face.

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      • Kitten says:

        Wow, that’s a great comment!

        But yeah, I read through yesterday’s thread and I saw SO many women who were more than kind in complimenting Madonna on her fitness level and body. I saw nothing in any of the comments that came across as ageist, quite the opposite.

      • JenniferJustice says:

        Ooh SNAP!! I agree. And frankly, I wouldn’t want want to see that outfit on any man or woman of any age. How does equality in the work place, fair pay, and fighting discrimination against women who are still deemed sexual objects, culminate into a debate on whether or not we support a person’s private parts hanging out at the Met Gala? I don’t see it as sexist, ageist, or even discrimination. I didn’t support it when Cher (whom I have the utmost respect and admiration for) had her laced butt hanging out in her Turn Back Time video. I don’t support any of the thirsty ladies from the younger generations baring it all in the name of feminism and I dont’ support Madonna with her Scream face, using the feminist movement as an argument for her continued need for attention via shock and controversy. It’s not even controversial any more. It’s just tacky and embarrassing. And no, I would not want my daughters or neices dressing like this because IMO, respect for one’s body means NOT showing every bit of it for the sake of attention – the wrong kind of attention. I will never accept baring it all as feminism. I will only ever see that level of “look at me” as a continuence of objectifying the female body which is counter-intuitive to women not being viewed or used as mere sexual objects for the pleasure of a still male-dominated world.

      • dawnchild says:

        @JenniferJustice: +10000
        could not have said it BETTER!
        My daughter (who could run rings around Madonna bodywise and brainwise) and I frequently discuss how counter-intuitive this ‘freedom’ is…Conflating feminism with the ‘freedom to show it all’.
        Who sold this horsecrap notion? And why do women buy it?
        It’s the other side of the coin of shrouding women’s bodies because apparently they incite lust.
        And each extreme inflames the other.
        Meanwhile men dress the same as they ever did.

      • mandy says:

        THIS!!!! and I don’t want to see anyone man, woman, whatever in that outfit.

      • holly hobby says:

        No kidding! I couldn’t even figure out it was her at first glance. Her face is not her face anymore!

      • Nameless says:

        I was watching a video of Margot Fonteyn on youtube the other day, she was in late 40s with a totally natural face, rehearsing ballet while surrounded by younger women. She was such a beautiful dancer, and her partnership with a much younger man was legendary. That’s standing up against ageism!

        Posturing on the red carpet with your ass cheeks hanging out and your face stuffed with fillers is just exhibitionism.

      • Suzanne says:

        Excellent comment – I was trying to say this to my friend the other day. If Madonna embraced ageing she wouldn’t be trying to reverse time by messing with her face. A real rebel heart would be embracing your age.

      • NUTBALLS says:

        On point, Megan. #hypocrisy

        Madonna makes the likes of Mirren, Dench, Jamie Lee Curtis, Viola Davis & Francis McDormand all the more awesome for being REAL. I love it when women age naturally and let their inner confidence shine through.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        @JenniferJustice: Your problem is that you (and many others) conflate objectification with immodesty. They’re not the same thing. You’ve consistently said on here that women who have casual sex or show lots of skin are promoting the idea that women are objects. Not only is that inaccurate and a ridiculous argument to take from a feminist standpoint about just about any choice women make, but it’s its own form of objectification. You’re basing people’s status on how many people have seen or touched their bodies. Madonna standing around in a revealing outfit is not objectification, it’s immodesty. As far as ‘respect for your body goes’, respecting something or someone doesn’t automatically mean keeping it from being seen or ‘saving it for that special someone’. Whether you want your daughters and nieces to dress modestly is irrelevant because their bodies don’t belong to you. @dawnchild: Feminism doesn’t mean anyone has to bare it all, but people being discriminated against based on gender and who they’ll allowed to see or touch their bodies is an inequality (that comes out any many forms, from slurs and stereotypes to acts of violence being blamed on people), and women being able to reject those messages and fight against them is a feminist goal. So while Madonna is a thirsty, messy person in general, not everybody who didn’t like her outfit was slut-shaming or being ageist, and nobody can call an outfit feminism all by itself, women being able to choose or reject sexual modesty without being treated as less than is a feminist issue.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    The “girls behind you” politely request that you put your ass away.

    She just never stops. As if we would have loved that tacky outfit on a twenty year old. She’s allowed to wear it and we’re allowed to hate it.

    • Willa says:

      Exactly. @GNAT

    • MP says:

      I hated that outfit on Cher in the “If I could turn back time” video over 2 decades ago.

    • mia girl says:

      Thank you GNAT

      There are two major complaints that most of us have and neither makes us ageist or sexist.

      1) your “dress” is fu*king awful
      2) we wish YOU Madonna would actually embrace your age by not fu*king with your face to the point where you look like you are wearing a demented mask.

      EDIT: Oh wait, on point #2. Now I get it. Your face is also part of the Khalessi inspired outfit. Your face is meant to look like a Sons of the Harpy mask. Nice.

      • susiecue says:

        Exactly. When she said that I was thinking, “but your boobs are like 5 years old, not 55” or however old she is. They don’t even look “old” so how are we being age-ist? She’s the one who has a phobia of aging. I was far more concerned about her unrecognizable face than I was about the fact that she had her t*ts out. That outfit is UGLY and tragically desperate – and I would feel the same if she were 20 years old. Something can’t just be bad, we all have to be told we’re sexist or ageist or uglyist for not liking it. So annoying.

  4. Mia V. says:

    As a die-hard fan, I say “please, girl, make it stop”.

    • robynsing says:

      I’m a fan too. Her body can pull off the look and she is known for wanting to provoke…but why now that she’s near 60? We get it Madge. You’ve done it over and over. You can relax a bit. Now the face—when you look like a parody of the Munch painting…TIME TO QUIT

    • Carol says:

      Yes, please! And stop trying to make #rebel happen. I like Madonna, and I like Nina Simone, and I am for women’s equality but her statement made a joke out of all those things. It actually made me laugh out loud. And its not necessarily the butt cheek exposure at the Met Ball that assaulted my eyeballs, it was that horrendous “dress.” Bad style is bad style no matter what age you are, who you are or what you are.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        That entire verbal defense was an interesting look into how her brain works. Some people can twist ANYTHING around to make them look like a hero. Here comes Madonna, making a political statement by baring her breasts – and ALL OF YOU missed the point! You fools! Now get in line!

        I guess age-ism is calling out people for acting like adolescents when they are half a century old.

  5. Lindy79 says:

    Nope I’m just a proud desperatist, or dontwanttoseeyourarseist

  6. Kimma says:

    Why do I almost think that she purposely wore this, knowing some people would have comments, just so she could parlay off of it and make a scene about sexism and ageism..JUST to keep herself in the spotlight for a few extra weeks after the gala. Not surprising….

    • Aussie girl says:

      Yep, regardless of the theme she was hellbent on showing her arse and tits off. She did this last year when she flashed her arse. Funny enough she had the same straps like thing under her arse, like it helps hold it up. She is so egotistical and beyond desperate to stay relevant that it’s so darn off putting to all.

      I think solange’s tweet was about holding everyone up on the red carpet.

      • Kimma says:

        Haha…….Ass Straps to hold it up! Maybe she should go on Shark Tank with that invention 🙂 LMAO 🙂 Great Call!

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Because that has always been her modus operandi. Just like hooking up with Dennis Rodman, runninig down the streets naked, etc. all for shock value and to create controversy. She is still a business woman looking to remain relevant even at the expense of her own dignity.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Because it is how she remains questionably relevant these days.

  7. Ldub says:

    Gurl, just sit ALL the way DOWN.
    Seriously, you might break something.

  8. BendyWindy says:

    But the “dress” is ugly. It would be equally ugly on Rihanna or Katy Perry or whoever the young pop tart dujour is. Is it ageism to say you wore an ugly dress?

  9. GreenieWeenie says:

    yeah, mmm, nah, people just want Madonna to be more interesting.

    Madonna has already made this statement. Years ago. And made it. And made it. And made it. And made it.


    She can do this when she’s 90. I’ll still be bored and it won’t be because I’m not interested in 90-year-old butt cheeks. It’ll be because it’s BORING when it comes from Madonna. Now, if the Queen of England wanted to whip them out? I’d be interested.

    • MP says:

      Oh that would be brilliant! I can see the Queen giving a serious speech about abdicating due to her age and then turning around to walk away and having these peep holes in her dress! She could totally school Kate on how the royal flash should be done.

    • JenniferJustice says:

      Yes. Lame at this point – for Madonna. We could say it’s old, played, used, passe`, but she would think we’re talking about her body – not the act itself. LOL.

  10. Green Is Good says:

    I’m neither ageist nor sexist. I have good taste. The outfit was plain awful, but it got her a lot if attention, which was her endgame.

  11. Jenns says:

    Oh please. A fashion and political statement? Give it a rest. Madonna just wants attention. This has nothing to do with ageism or sexism. You can still be flirty, fun and own your sexuality at any age and not look like a hot mess fool.

  12. Jayna says:

    You still looked stupid, Madonna. When Rihanna show her boobs and ass through sheer material, it’s usually in a very flattering and stunning couture gown, not an ugly outfit.

    I didn’t know you could only express your sexuality in your midlife years by exposing your ass and boobs in an ugly outfit with your face melting, looking like Baby Jane. Adventurous and showing your sexuality would have been wearing a kick-ass outfit that’s sexy but a little unique or out there to match your personality and a little cheeky that IS FLATTERING and a flattering hair style that showed you were still rockin’ it no matter the haters. This outfit and boobs pushed out to each side and tape or straps to lift your butt up and big fat filler cheeks in your face isn’t paving the way for any of the younger women to look up to.

    • Artemis says:

      I don’t think this was a new design. There was one MET ball (I think 2014 or 2015) were she said she was going to wear another outfit and it closely resembled this one as she would also have been exposed like she was now. So I do think she was just dying to wear this monstrosity regardless of the theme.

      And that’s what makes her ‘political statement’ so incredibly lazy. Her previous nudity was much worse than this but it was also more purposeful without being pretentious and try-hard. There were themes, it was fashion, it was art for her music and above all it did make a point. And she was lowkey inbetween albums. She clearly didn’t care about the fashion this time and I don’t buy her argument. Madonna just DID whatever she wanted when she had albums come out and only in interviews did she answer thoughtfully about topics like ageism and sexism. Now she’s all the time on social media acting a fool and giving Tumblr-like rants about her stupid behaviour thinking she comes across as ‘smart’.

      Present Madonna hasn’t given a damn about her previous political interests like women and gay rights. She never liked feminism anyway. She’s all about Madonna now. She hasn’t donated money like she used to or hasn’t made any proper statements against sexism that weren’t meant to prop herself up. She used to have songs about losing friends to AIDS. She used to hang out with a diverse group of people but since Kaballah and old age prefers to hang with younger people, hanger-ons and tightened her face to the point of slurred speech!

      Lastly, she hasn’t had a good track record with the political side of her image. She did a lot of good but she comes across as dense when delving deeper into black issues, cultural appropriation and feminism. At best she dismissed it (feminism) or at worst ignored it altogether (appropriation) or continues to be messy (black issues). Even when she makes racist remarks (using the n-word) she still hasn’t got anything thoughtful to say about black issues despite working with black people all the time (and using their culture) AND illegally adopting black children. Madonna is a white feminist and guilty of the Taylor Swift victim complex. Madonna has always profited from her image, she’s just struggling because people do care LESS with each passing year and age is something she cannot fight with shock tactics, exercise or speeches.

  13. Maria says:

    Leave it to Madonna to say that people not liking her outfit (lots of outfits were ridiculed at the MET) to the oppression of women. Im sure women who get their noses cut off or are stoned for having been raped will agree with her.

    Im done with Madonna. She is the definition of white feminism.

    what we really need is way more calling out of women like her, they are making feminism all about themselves and move the conversation away from actual victims.

    there is a special place in hell for women who mix up feminism and narcissism.

  14. CoKatie says:

    Yeah, you’re right, Madge. It’s us – not you.
    Get outta here!
    As your song says “Respect Yourself”. When you figure out that TRUE gender equality means SO MUCH more than showing some T and A, get back to me. I got a million ways you could be more useful to the cause. But please, put the freaking banner down.

  15. Lindy79 says:

    She pulled out this excuse when people criticised her not showing up on time for shows etc. and generally being a bit of a mess.
    Its bullshit and offensive to be honest and makes a joke of genuine cases of sexism, ageism and misogyny so she can eff right off with this attitude.

  16. Naya says:

    As I said yesterday, I really enjoy this Madinna. People claimed she lacked self awareness, gf knew exactly what she was doing. She both made a political statement AND trolled you all. I loved it. Also, she reminds me of that poem, “when I am old, I shall wear purple”.

    • swak says:

      Please explain to me what political statement she made? That she can show her T & A if she wants to do so?

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She didn’t make a political statement. She tried to get attention, either knowing it would fail and she could get more attention by claiming it was a political statement, or being surprised that it failed and turning to her same old same old excuse for everything. No one is saying that she can’t dress however she wants. They are just noticing that she looks ridiculous.

    • Kitten says:

      If it was trolling, she failed miserably.

      Like if everyone was all outraged because a 57-year-old wore a sexy outfit then that would be successful trolling—except that’s not what happened. She made all of us cringe and a lot of us just felt embarrassed and sorry for her. I have a feeling she probably wasn’t looking for that kind of a response. We all know that for celebs, negative attention is still attention-it still gets them press. But this wasn’t even negative attention so much as pitying attention.

      Those of us in our mid-to-late-thirties remember the Madonna of our youth. I so clearly recall being a kid and dressing up in Wayfarers and lace gloves, dancing around to Madonna in my friend’s tiny little beach shack.

      We idolized her.

      Now she’s just a sad try-hard. There is nothing effortlessly cool about this pathetic version of Madonna. Let’s not pretend that she’s in on the joke when the truth is that she IS the joke. She’s not some PR mastermind, she’s just a sad woman who is having trouble accepting that she’s no longer the cutting-edge, sexy, artistic, inventor that she once was. She’s just a pitiable, out-of-touch, sadder version of her old self, jostling for attention because she knows she’s not part of the new crop of hot pop stars.

      • Eden75 says:

        This exactly.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        Pretty much what you said here. The only person she trolled was herself.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I would love to see little Kitten and company dancing to Madonna – so cute. That’s the thing. She WAS groundbreaking and cool, but she just keeps repeating the same things over and over. How can that be groundbreaking when you did it 25 years ago?

      • Marty says:

        This falls in to the feminist-lite trope. The sexual liberation=feminism, which there is truth to that. The problem is people like Madonna, Kim K, Miley Cyrus use it as a shield when it’s really just blatant attention seeking antics.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        If she hadn’t pumped her face full of God knows what, then I’d salute her. Maybe. But she wants to be seen as a sexy young thing–not as a desirable woman, PERIOD.

        And to me, it’s just famewhorey as hell, no matter who you are, to flash your butt cheeks. This isn’t Susan Sarandon, who has a great rack, and wore a low cut dress (which STILL wasn’t as bad as some shit others wear)…and was attacked for being an “older” woman showing her boobs………….like whyyyyy? I mean, even on a younger woman it’s pathetic. IDK. I can deal with a few strategic cut outs to strengthen the design of a gown, but when your only object is to be as naked as possible, then I just can’t.

  17. lilacflowers says:

    Oh, Bride of Sauron, Queen of the Orcs, we bow before you and proclaim that your ensemble was truly magnificent, regardless of gender or age, in its sheer ugliness and embodiment of all that is darkness.

  18. Caitriona says:

    Sexist? I’m pretty sure that if a man went to the Met Gala with his butt cheeks hanging out he’d be ridiculed left, right and centre.
    Ageist? If a lithe 20 year old wore this outfit it’d still be tacky and ugly.
    Nope, I ain’t buying what you’re selling lady

  19. DanaG says:

    We have seen Madonnas butt and everything else for years nothing we havent seen before many, many times. It is not groundbreaking when you have done it so much over the years. She looked bad her hair, that wax like face frozen in time she needs to get a new hobby and realise she is no longer the controversial pop singer she was in her youth. She is a mother with grown children and most expect her to behave better and not embarress them maybe?

  20. Honeybee Blues says:

    Oh, Madonna. You may also be known by only one name, but Cher you are not. The next time you consider something like this, just remind yourself that Cher has already done it, and much better than you.

  21. Freespirited says:

    Calling a crap outfit a crap outfit isn’t ageism nor sexism – it’s truthism (I may have made that last word up?).

    I’m a longtime fan but these past 2-3 years I feel like I’ve seen her ass more than I’ve seen my own

    • EM says:

      “I’ve seen her ass more than I’ve seen my own”

      LOL!!!! True. You said it perfectly.

  22. Pepper says:

    I don’t mind the outfit, except for it not fitting the theme. It’s tacky and ridiculous, but I’d rather see that than a boring strapless gown.

    But her face, my god. Every time she has new work done I think that’s it, it can’t get worse, but somehow it always gets monumentally worse. Don’t talk about being fearless when you debut a new face every 6 months Madge, it’s couldn’t be more obvious that you’re terrified.

    • Aussie girl says:

      Pepper, so true! She is not fearless when it comes to her aging. And by the look of her own face and the amount of work done to fight age, than one could say she is the ageist.
      I used to be such a big fan but I can’t with her anymore.

    • Kitten says:


    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Her whole act screams of fear of aging. Note to Madonna – you are going to age no matter what you do. It doesn’t have to be bad. It doesn’t have to mean you are no longer you unless your entire identity is about your outward appearance. Grow some inside muscles, girl.

    • JenYfromTheBlok says:

      I think it really fits the theme- the internet has made all cultures and eras blend into one- and all expressions of fashion. Medieval hair, bondage, flamenco lace- all expressions of sexuality. I loved what she wore- Rhianna wore a totally see through flapper dress on the red carpet and was called “cutting edge” “daring’- a risk taker, etc. What’s the difference? Oh wait, Me and madge need to dress like Martha Stewart ’cause we’re “old”. Hang it up. Put it away. I’m the one and only defender because I actually- don’t- have a conservative bone in my body. I relate completely.

  23. EM says:

    The world has seen her T & A a billion times over. She would be doing something new if she didn’t wear something so trashy.
    You are nearly 60…FFS.
    I don’t want to see 50+ year old men parading in speedos to show off their sacks either – unless they’re seriously swimming laps and not intentionally standing around intentionally assaulting my eyes like Madonna does.

  24. Erandyn says:

    It has nothing to do with age. Look at Cher. She’s 12 years older than Madonna, still dresses flamboyantly and OTT, yet somehow manages NOT to look like an undead hooker.

    • JenYfromTheBlok says:

      I have seen -actual hookers- and sadly they are typically beat up and desperately out of shape due to years of abuse. Madonna is polished and wearing a million dollar wardrobe.

  25. Calico Cat says:

    This is really her audition for the Tom Cruise remake of The Mummy!

  26. tracking says:

    Look, I do completely see her point. BUT, this is same old, same old from her. Tired. Time for the next reinvention, M!

  27. QueenE says:

    She has a right to dress in a way that makes a statement
    and I have a right to find a trashcan to vomit in when I see it

  28. NeNe says:

    Give me a break…. Nobody wants to see their GRANDMOTHER dressed like a hoochie!

  29. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    Uh, okay, Madonna. *Everyone* else is the problem. Sure. Believe what you need to believe to mitigate the pain you feel when you look in the mirror and see that you have become Madame, the puppet.

  30. QQ says:

    This decrepit white raisin should make it her life’s mission to never ever ever let “as Nina Simone once said” come out her mouth to defend her chickenhead thirst antics ever again

  31. SamiHami says:

    She really lives in her own reality, doesn’t she? That monstrosity is a “political statement?”

    She’s an idiot.

  32. Lille says:

    Isn’t this how she always dresses?

  33. Barrett says:

    SHe needs to reinvent. The issue is it’s the same tired stick. She defied age in the past but evolving changing up her look.

    The looks she debuts is done repeatedly so there is no art to embrace and no shock value.

  34. Jem says:

    I’m always tickled by her atrocious writing, the misspelled words, the amateurish way she strings sentences together… All these years, all that money, all that “self-improvement”… and she still “speaks” like a 13 year old when she tries to write. She really thinks she’s super-smart, too, but when she tries to be deep the shallow roots get exposed… There is absolutely no flow at all to that statement; it’s a collection of fist-pumping expressions about female empowerment… and civil rights. Um, no – it’s not. It’s about that carved-up pumpkin she has sitting atop her neck. Used to be her face, right? She is as shallow as a puddle, trolling for attention. That is all.

  35. The Original G says:

    I understand what she was attempting to do, but the fact is, her attempt failed.

  36. tiny martian says:

    There’s nothing sexist or ageist about it. If a 20 year old man wore the same thing I’d still roll my eyes.

    The fact is, I have an inherent respect for older women combined with a certain expectation that they should have a certain amount of wisdom. Madonna is just disappointing in her immaturity, that’s all. Fine if she wants to be sexy, but that outfit just wasn’t sexy at all. It was a mockery of female sexuality, if anything.

  37. kri says:

    “I Died On The Hill Of Madonna’s Butt Cheeks” should go on a headstone. And can someone let her know, that yes, we saw you. Yes, we talked about you. Some of us didn’t like your outfit. Big deal.

  38. Heat says:

    My thoughts on Madonna’s outfit have nothing to do with her age or gender.
    It’s a stupid outfit…it would be a stupid outfit on a young woman and it would be a stupid outfit on a man.

    The ever-evolving-Madonna schtick is old now…but that has nothing to do with her actual age.

  39. Dena says:

    She’s not edgy anymore. Showing one’s butt is no longer considered risqué. Celebs show their butts all the time. Pfft. The standard uniform for most female singers seems to be high thigh leotards & tights. Ass-flash is so common that most of us can’t walk or drive down the street without seeing some teensger’s ass hanging out of his pants. Hell, Kim Kardashian has a career because she showed her ass & keeps getting it inflated! So, no. Madonna wasn’t setting the curve on this one. She wasn’t future forward or shocking. And that particular combo of ass & lace . . . Nope. Cher, Prince & Victoria’s Secret cornered the market on that one a while ago.

    Go home, Madonna. Go home.

  40. Cran says:

    Madonna you just look bad. Your outfit was ugly, your hair looked ragged and what you have chosen to do with your face is unfortunate. My comments would be the same if you were four.

  41. Marianne says:

    I think it would have been just as tacky on anyone else tbh.

  42. LNuzzo says:

    I have no problem with a woman over 50 appearing ‘sexy’ however, for a woman who is so obsessed with fitness, that particular ‘costume’ was neither sexy nor flattering. If you want to understand how a woman over 50 should be dressed you need look no further than Helen Mirren, or on this side of the pond Susan Sarandon or Julianne Moore.

    Part of being over a certain age is understanding your body, and understanding what looks good on it. This was neither. And god help Riccardo Tisci if he thought this was sexy, because obviously he has no idea of what is sexy on the female body.

    When I saw the first pics from the Met Gala, i was kind of stuck by the attempt to echo Cher’s Bob Mackie creations back in the day. The difference was while trying to be radical, Mackie never sacrificed the tribute the female body. For better or worse, any diffenciencies in Cher’s body were not put out there on display for ridicule. All of the positives were played up to their fullest potential.

  43. Skins says:

    Jeez, I hate seeing somebody my age going off the deep end like her. I make my fashion statement with sweaters and jeans.

  44. Chetta B. says:

    Hideous. Hallowe’en is in October. In fact it’s rude, that get-up.

  45. Zaytabogota says:

    If a man turned up like that in all seriousness, looking for attention and expecting to be regarded as ‘wild’ and ‘groundbreaking’, everybody would be openly laughing at and mocking him, the tabloids would never let him live it down and that’s if he’s lucky enough not to be arrested for indecent exposure. Criticism of her flashing her bits is not sexism against women, only women are allowed to get away with turning up to these ceremonies nearly naked.

    If Rihanna turned up wearing that, she’d look great because she can rock anything, genuinely doesn’t care what people think and is amazing. Miley Cyrus however wouldn’t because, like Madonna, she’s desperate for attention and always trying to present herself in an overly sexual manner to get it. It’s not ageism to cringe at people who are desperate to be seen as something they’re just not, desperation is the most offputting, least sexy quality in a person.

    The older Madonna gets the more desperate she becomes, it’s narcissism and a delusion that chasing youth will bring it back to her if she works hard enough, not feminism, driving her.

  46. Who ARE these people? says:

    You know how teenagers are all, like, “Ma, you’re embarrassing me.” No wonder her son fled to England. We’d all flee to England if we were in his shoes.

    As for Madonna’s butt cheeks not being the hill to die on…Kaiser, thanks for the image. LOL.

  47. HK9 says:

    Look, Prince stopped wearing the “butt-less” pants more than 20 years ago sooooo I don’t know how she was thinking that this outfit was fashion forward or making a statement. The look has been done & it’s over. Just sayin

  48. themummy says:

    Objectively speaking, she’s not wrong. But I still think she comes off as a little ridiculous. She can push boundaries without so obviously clinging to a long-gone youth. You can be sexy and fearless and all that at any age, and yes, you should be able to wear whatever you want, but she doesn’t appear to be doing that. She appears to be hanging on to age 25 with all of her might, belittling her own age, experience, and one would hope, wisdom.

  49. Paisley says:

    Upon seeing her face, I couldn’t help but think of the character Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. Doesn’t she see what we see?

    Oh, and by the by, this trend of seeing who can expose the most skin…it’s trashy not classy.

  50. Magnoliarose says:

    Another “You just don’t get it” argument. Easy to hide behind but usually the result of not getting the desired response. She thought she still had the power to captivate and push the envelope, but it’s been gone for a long time now. We live in an age where we can see shocking images 24 hours a day. It is not pearl clutching and no one is talking about it like she wants.
    It’s not a political statement and it’s not some empowerment statement. She just wanted admiration for being fit at her age and still sexy.
    The get up simply sucked and was embarrassing and pathetic. Her face well…what can we say?

    • Flowerchild says:

      ^ This +10000

      Madonna didn’t get the reaction she wanted or the attention she was seeking so she acts
      like a child, complaining about how we just don’t get her and are against her.

  51. Harla Jodet says:

    The only point Madonna is making with this outfit is that women are only bits and pieces of body parts to be leered at.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      Oh please. Just wearing skimpy clothes doesn’t say that women ‘are only’ one thing any more than wearing classy, modest clothes automatically says that a women’s modesty and sexual purity are their worth.

  52. MiniMe says:

    Oh Madge, please.

    I don’t care if you’re 20, 40, 60, or 106, female, male, trans, or Roger the Alien, if you, by your own choice, wreck your face and wear a butt-ugly, unflattering, try-hard get up to a public event, people will comment and you probably won’t like what they have to say.

    The solution to that is to either not care, or change your behaviour, not whining that you’re some kind of martyr for older women.

  53. kitty orchid says:

    Madonna’s look is trashy and vulgar and that is not worthy of our respect. It has nothing to do with age or gender.

  54. Rachel says:

    It’s AFFECT not EFFECT Madge.
    Someone spreading such an important message (exposed ass cheeks at any age = female empowerment) should consider hiring a proofreader. It’s a shame that her profound and GROUND BREAKING gospel message is lost behind poor grammar…

  55. Malificent says:

    Oh sigh…. Two things I wish Madonna would grok:
    1) Self-parody does not equal gender equality.
    2) Dignity is sexy. (Just ask Helen Mirren, Catherine Deneuve, and Tina Turner — who can still shake it in a micro-mini with absolute grace….)

  56. noway says:

    Yes ageism and sexism are unfortunately still prevalent in society, but so is ugly. This outfit is just plain ugly, and would be whether a young woman or a man was wearing it. Please can we have some celebrity guy wear this outfit. Now that I think about it I can’t get the picture out of my head.

    As stated above it it rich calling ageism when she has jacked her face and body so much that she is trying to defy her age.

  57. Angelica says:

    I don’t have a problem with the way you dress. I have a problem with the way you ACT. See the difference?

  58. mmm says:

    Because we’re not allowed to have an opinion if it differs from her opinion.

  59. Frosty says:

    My beef with her Met look was that the design sucked and made her hair looked cray-cray.

  60. Tara says:

    i think Madonna is ageist for all the plastic surgery she’s gotten to try not to look her age, how about that?

  61. K Haveman says:

    It’s an ugly ensemble both front and back, and her hair looks fried. The end. There — I said nothing about her age, just her taste. Blech.

  62. Barbara says:

    Yeah Madonna….it’s EVERYONE else but you.

  63. Snowflake says:

    Oh thank you Madonna! What would us women do without you and Kim kardasian supporting us and empowering us! Keep fighting the fight! *rolls eyes*

  64. iheartgossip says:

    No. We have class and our eyeballs have enough gazing power to see what a mess this outfit and Madonna face has become. Sad really

  65. Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

    In my honest opinion, 1st – the outfit would still be awful in a 20-year-old girl (nothing to do with age, the problem is the outfit, not who’s wearing it).;

    2nd – of course women of all ages can “express their sexuality”; but expressing one’s sexuality is not related to looking like a fool.

    Why do people think that gender equality means flashing your skin, sleeping around or any of the sort? Is that how you fight for gender equality? Well, I dress up normally and teach it to my students at school. I’m guessing my technique is probably more effective and I don’t need to show up half naked at school….
    Oh, one more thing, doest anyone see men showing up half naked to state their freedom and rights?

    This is solely for her ego, nothing more… EGO

    • magnolia says:

      Yep yep…sexuality does not = going half naked. I’m gonna remind my SIL of that next time I see her. hahaha

    • Soleilmoonfries says:

      Agree with you 100%! Exactly my question… what does sexuality have to do with nudity? What man of similar age and stature are showing up to the Met Ball, balls out? No one… Well she does have quite a few people talking, so once again Madonna has been able to insert herself into the conversation.

    • Otaku Fairy says:

      “Why do people think that gender equality means flashing your skin, sleeping around or any of the sort? Is that how you fight for gender equality?”

      Equality doesn’t mean people have to have a certain kind of sex , dress a certain way, or abstain from doing those things. It just means people of all genders or races get to make those decisions without being treated as less than. And I’m not saying that anybody who doesn’t like Madonna’s look is automatically a part of the ‘treating women as less than for rejecting sexual modesty’ problem, or that saying she’s thirsty and doesn’t look good like this is an example of the problem, but let’s not pretend that that isn’t a problem just because the messenger is messy and narcissistic. She does have a point.

      • Solanacaea (Nighty) says:

        @Otaku No, I’m just questioning how dressing like this makes up for a fight for equality of gender. Of course inequality of gender exists, unfortunately…

  66. Starkiller says:

    She makes a good point, but it’s completely disingenuous. If she had worn this in the name of sexism or ageism, fine, but we all know that she wore it in the name of seeking attention. I’m vaguely insulted that she thinks we’re stupid enough to believe her.

  67. magnolia says:

    I’m gonna say she does have a point. Yes she’s an attention whore. But really the outfit bared as much as Beyonce’s Met Gala 2015 outfit. I don’t remember if people were upset over that, probably not , she’s Queen Bey after all.

    • Lady D says:

      Oh she was shredded here for it, along with KK and one other lady who wore unbelievably trashy clothing that night. I thought I was looking at pics from the adult porn awards.

  68. Chloeee says:

    I’ve realized with all the butt cheeks hanging out of denim diaper shorts recently that i am not body policing but I’m legit tired of seeing ass cheeks everywhere. It’s boring.

  69. Soleilmoonfries says:

    What 50 year old man has his ass cheeks hanging out? Why does sexuality equal exposure?

    Madonna, I have so been your longest time fan… and as a woman who is naturally ageing, I wish you would show us how to do it fearlessly. I have a 50+ hairdresser that always colors her hair, has a very active and fun lifestyle after raising her 5 kids as a single mom. She’s my idol now. Madonna, not in any way shape anymore…

  70. jsilly4e says:

    Ageist? Sexist? No. I don’t need to see every ounce of your body. I could see if the theme was dominatrix but it wasn’t. And if she’s so against ageism why is she getter fillers and Botox and covering up her hands whenever possible? I fear you are ageist. I see Helen Mirren, Meryle Streep and others just accepting that they age and still being quite beautiful, sexy and not showing all their private parts. I wouldn’t like this look on a 20 year old woman or man. It’s just tired. Get over yourself.

  71. SM says:

    I said it in the Met post about her: the problem is not what she is exposung her ass and breasts it ‘s that at this point it’s not shocking or rebelious. And she is pissed about that. But really it feels like I haven’t seen her in anything else for the past year or more.

  72. ladysussex says:

    I’m late to this post but I just want to say kudos to Kaiser’s hilariously astute comments and the comments everyone has made! I came here to try to make some clever observation, and found that everyone had already said it much better than I could have. It seems like the fashion these days to respond to any criticism by accusing detractors of all kinds of “isms”. Sexism, ageism, yada yada. I’m just so damn tired of Madonna and her narcissistic rebel heart. The end.

  73. Jayna says:

    I remember when Madonna wore this to the Golden Globes about four years ago. I thought she looked fantastic. I loved the gown and the material and the fit on her. My sister doesn’t even like Madonna and she called me and said she loved her gown and thought she looked really pretty in it. She was maybe 54 or so around this time.

  74. Bread and Circuses says:

    I think she’s got the right to flaunt it, even if we don’t like it. None of us are so important to the universe that the sanctity our precious eye-hymens should trump other person basic right to freedom of expression.

    But just as people think it’s censorship when they’re just being disagreed with, she’s confusing a cold reaction with an attack on her freedom of expression.

    It’s not. You’re still free to wear what you like, Madonna, but we’re not obligated to enjoy it, or to be silent about it if we don’t.

    It would probably be more polite if we did stay silent, but that’s another discussion — one very akin to whether it’s polite to wear clothes others don’t want to see you in. The fact is, there’s always a gap between what you can do and what you should do, and the discussion is what society pours into that gap.

  75. Stacey says:

    I think perhaps Madonna is missing the point that what she wears to these events is now completely predictable. She hasn’t been “controversial” in years. She can be guaranteed to reveal body parts that are a bit past their sell by date. She can be guaranteed to turn most outfits into costumes, that follow steps 1 through 14 in the “outrageous” how to manual from 1992, found right after the chapters on assless chaps, taped nipples, bondage strapping and matador/ringmaster/Gaultier costumes. She can be guaranteed to visit a cosmetic dermatologist several days too close to the event, so her face looks like she just stepped out of a deep freezer. And she can be guaranteed to have a scent of Eau du Desperation about her every move, expression, choice of plus one, demands placed on the event staff, and remarks the day after.

  76. Syko says:

    As a 73 year old woman who is enjoying the perks of old age, I feel sorry for those who clutch their youth like the only life jacket left on the Titanic. There are so many things that are cool about being old. Sure, you’re probably not running marathons (although some do), but you’re probably going to get a seat on the bus. You can pretty much say anything you want, and you’re not a b**ch any more, you’re a cute old lady. People respect your opinion and love to hear your stories. It’s fun in many ways.

    Am I still sexual? Sure, although not as often and my trysts are apt to be with a battery operated boyfriend instead of a human being, but that’s okay too, because I don’t have to share my bed, and don’t have to fix breakfast for anyone but me and the cat. If I don’t want to be bothered with something, I can just say so. Would I wear something like Madonna has on in these pictures? Not on your life. Not at age 18, not at 40, not now. It’s just not tasteful or dignified.

    • Honeybee Blues says:

      May I be your biggest fan? Please??!!?! I can’t wait to tell my friends my new mentor is Syko…that ought to go over well.

    • crazydaisy says:

      @ Syko-what! my boyfriend’s been cheating on me? xx

  77. Capepopsie says:

    It just looks SO cheap and unworthy.

  78. Keanu'sKitten says:

    There is this constant whiff of desperation lately – nothing empowering…

    Grace Jones could wear this and does still throw down these looks. She comes off as sexy, confident and cool. She’s not desperate.

  79. Jennifer says:

    This is very well written; a refreshingly witty response.

  80. Jwoolman says:

    I don’t claim to really understand the terms trashy, sexy , etc. but some thoughts come to mind about these outfits (not all apply to Madonna’s):
    How do you sit down comfortably in that outfit? Can you sit down at all without taking it off? Isn’t it uncomfortably sticky on some fabrics? Do you get rashes or sores?
    How do you use a toilet, especially if in a bit of a rush?
    How can you walk safely? Do you fall? Do you always have someone nearby to catch you? What happens if you break something?
    Isn’t it drafty? Don’t you get chilled? Especially in colder climates or in air conditioning.
    Isn’t it scratchy against your skin? Do you get rashes from it? Does your skin break?
    Are you sure you would wear that if all the men suddenly vanished?

    Acceptable degrees of nudity comes and goes in cultures. There are some places in very hot climates where people with protective darker skin or lots of foliage do seem to go for the mostly nude look, but for people of all ages. So no one has to be “in shape” or a certain age and it doesn’t seem particularly aimed at sexual arousal of the other gender. It just is. Often but not always the genitals are covered, possibly for protection since they are vulnerable areas. Typically they don’t deal with the same kinds of seating arrangements and fabrics we use either, which simplifies the consequences. But they do have to deal with parasites and pathogens pretty much as we do.

    Our culture doesn’t really work so well that way for a variety of reasons, nudity in women in such situations seems to always be ultimately aimed at arousing males (even complete strangers). I’m not sure that’s actually “liberating”, it seems more like defining yourself in terms of someone else. And the fact is that there is only one way to appear nude but infinite ways to appear clothed, so it would seem that the clothed figure is typically much more interesting from a fashion design point of view. The semi-nude approaches to clothing we see so often now raise too many questions for me about comfort and public hygiene… It’s not a matter of morality or prudishness, but bafflement about how exactly you can do normal functional things properly in such outfits without starting epidemics or getting an infection.

  81. what's inside says:

    So, so, so tired of her vanity…..She looks like a used up madam in a brothel. Are we sure that she and Kanye weren’t too ships that passed in the night — they just both seem so assured that what they are selling the world is buying in regards to their opinions and fashion statements.

  82. Mistyandblue says:

    No, Madge, we are not ageist and sexist, we are saddened by your desperation.
    You are the real ageist, here, ’cause you are unable to accept your age and to feel good about it, you are chasing after a youth which will never come back, you don’t want to be a graceful, ispirating and even sexy 57 years old woman , you want to be a 20 years old girl o, maybe, a teenager, and you are ridicoulous. Youth has a sound, old age has a sound, wanting to stay young at all costs has a jarring sound.

  83. Aulty says:

    Can we ship her off to Thirst-Island together with Goop?

  84. hayley says:

    Of course she can dress however she wants. By the same token, we are allowed to react to it however we want. She doesn’t have the right to tell anyone how they should respond to her ridiculousness. We have the same right to gag at the sight of her old buttocks as she has to put them out there whether anyone wants to see them or not.

  85. Sara says:

    Sure, she can wear whatever she wants and she can expose herself as much as she likes.

    But I think a lot of people would call this a bad fashion choice on ANY woman, young or old. If Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wore this and it fit properly, it would still look terrible! And it’s not even the exposed cheeks that make it bad. I think she looks like a half suffocated mummy, stuffed in too tight bandages. It’s just not pleasing to the eye. Why the leg bandages? Why the super tight, super high neckline? It really doesn’t make sense but in a bad way, not a fashion forward edgy way.

  86. crazydaisy says:

    worst outfit ever.

  87. geneva says:

    She talks about fighting sexism and ageism with her outfit…but did she not have some kind of butt lift, face implants, breast firming..surgical enhancements or chemical fillers. Ageism is when you are ignored or put down for looking old. It is different now but dressing too young for your age is more or less a question of taste and good does seem to be ageist.

  88. Deeana says:

    ohmygod, her face is bad, bad, bad. Wow1

    Dana Carvey as Church Lady on SNL was hilarious about her old butt cheeks.

  89. Lis says:

    No. I love Madonna from WAY back … that outfit was just bad and the bare ass portion just made things worse.