Madonna Says ‘Ageism and Misogyny’ Are Behind Criticism of Her Grammys Look, Tells Detractors: ‘You Won’t Break My Soul’ Most Popular Must Read Sign Up for Variety Newsletters More From Our Brands

Rather than shrug off the mountain of social media chatter about her body image at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, Madonna confronted it in a lengthy social media post calling it “ageism and misogyny.” ” are behind the comments. Mention my close-up photos taken by a press photographer with a long lens camera that would distort anyone’s face!!

After speaking on Twitter for two days, unbowed and far from bloodied, Madonna ended her message with a command: “Bow down, bitch!”

He also borrowed the words of the ceremony’s top winner Beyonce, writing: “You won’t break my spirit.”

The pop superstar said she believes criticism of her appearance has less to do with her appearance than with a long-standing historical resistance to her brash behavior — along with a desire to push women back. With only his age as well as his refusal to step out of the limelight. “A world that refuses to celebrate 45-year-old women and feels the need to punish them if they continue to be strong-willed, hardworking and adventurous,” she wrote.

A backstage video montage she posted along with the message included shots of her French kissing with tongue-tied artist Dopey and otherwise featuring Sam Smith, Cardi B, Ab-Soul and DJ Honey Dijon. They used to happily curate together.

Madonna’s full Instagram statement [with minor fixes made for punctuation and capitalization peculiarities]:

“It was an honor to introduce Kim Petras and Sam Smith at the Grammys. I wanted to give out the last award which was album of the year, but I thought it was more important to introduce the first trans woman to perform at the Grammys. Present — a history-making moment!! And on top of that he won a Grammy!!

“Instead of paying attention to what I said in my speech, which was about thanking artists like Sam and Kim for their fearlessness, many people just took it with a press photographer’s long-lens camera. Chose to talk about my close-up photos..that would make anyone’s face disfigured!!

“I am once again caught in the glare of the ageism and misogyny that permeates the world in which we live.
A world that refuses to celebrate 45-year-old women and feels the need to punish her if she continues to be strong-willed, hardworking and adventurous.

“I’ve never apologized for any creative choices I’ve made or the way I look or dress and I won’t start. I’ve been humiliated by the media since the beginning of my career. I’ve been, but I think it’s all a test, and I’m happy to be 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 spirit.’

“I look forward to many more years of subversive behavior – pushing boundaries, challenging the patriarchy and most of all enjoying my life.

“Bend down bitch!”

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