Thursday, 26 February 2015

Madonna Takes a Tumble And Ageism Goes Into Overdrive



So last night Madonna fell over during her dance routine at the Brits.
 Its always weirdly shocking when you see an artist stumble or fall during  such carefully choreographed shows and it received a lot of coverage.
As someone who falls over a lot (I am so clumsy) I know that it is often met with hilarity and this doesn't bother me in the least, I laugh at my own crapfalls too. To this end I didn't have any problem with people laughing and saying they found it funny.
I actually felt sorry for Madonna, I adore Madge and had seen her on instagram earlier saying she was nervous about the performance. It also looked like it actually hurt so yet again whilst I wasn't outraged by people replaying the video and laughing it felt a bit cruel.


Taking a tumble
What I found really unacceptable (and something I feel happens around Madonna constantly) was the casual use of  ageist sexism inherent in a lot of comments she received. 
Falling over was nothing to do with her age, Madonna is in amazing shape not just for her age, for any age. Madonna isn't a great performer for her age, she is a great performer for any age. She fell because part of her costume got caught. This wasn't anything to do with the date on her passport. The end.


Blame the cape, not her age

Yes Madonna fell over but guess what? she got up again, dusted herself off and carried on performing. 
The comments she receives every day about her appearance and age would break a lesser person and the same rhetoric just doesn't seem to be applied to male performers as they grow older. No one is telling Paul MCCartney to "grow old gracefully" as he bops around with Kanye and Rhianna and he has a good few years on Madonna and quite right too.Why should anyone stop what they love because of the year they were born. Its nuts.
Artistic freedom, the ability to sing dance, perform, love fashion, be sexual, be silly be daring doesn't just end once you hit a certain age.
Its ridiculous to say an artist who is still getting booked to perform at the Brits and no doubt outselling many of the other artists at that event (despite her "dwindling" sales) should stop, why would she? why should she?


Not just good for age, good for any age
Endlessly criticising Madonna based on her age, calling her an "old hag" who should just "give up already" fuels the idea that women past the age of 40 should just crawl into a holes and die. It promotes the notion that females past their fertility prime are no longer relevant, artistic and even if they process a magnificent body honed through years of dance, yoga and discipline should "put it way"
What should be put away once and for all is the sexist, narrow ideas surrounding Women, sexuality and age.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius



Check out my Plus size Teeshirt Range at Nicky Rockets


Including the brand new "Plumpy Paws" Design. Does your pussy love Donuts? Limited edition-Buy Here




Only £15,designed and made in the UK my tee shirts are  a celebration of the power of the curvy woman.Available in sizes small-5XL in a range of cuts and styles Shop here

All content (text, photos and other) are the property of Betty Pamper (aka Perelandra Beedles) unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from copying any material without recognition of the author and a link to the source on this blog

15 comments:

  1. True. She showed brats like Kanye West how it's done. Fall down, get up, carry on, end of story.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. She is a real pro isnt she-a real trooper and you ahve to respect that.

      Delete
  2. Well said! I did titter at some of the memes that have been going around, but if I'd seen any ageist comments I'd have jumped in with both feet. That shit doesn't fly at all. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh people falling over is always quite funny, but I agree the ageist stuff is just a nono.

      Delete
  3. If I look that good ok 10 years never mind her age I would be happy.
    She had a wardrobe malfunction, at least it wasn't Janet Jackson but it must have hurt however ever the professional she got up and carried on.
    I think I would have been in a heap on the floor in pain!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too, she looks frigging amazing doesnt she.

      Delete
  4. If I look that good ok 10 years never mind her age I would be happy.
    She had a wardrobe malfunction, at least it wasn't Janet Jackson but it must have hurt however ever the professional she got up and carried on.
    I think I would have been in a heap on the floor in pain!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Agree! I loved how she carried on! I wouldn't have done after a fall
    Like that! Age is irrelevant and can't believe some people have made it about age.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would have just snivelled and hid under my cape so props to her for being such a trooper.

      Delete
  6. I think good on her for getting back up and continuing on with her performance. That showed steely determination which I love. I'm not a fan of Madonna, I think she's made a great career out of not being a particularly fabulous singer but I love what she stands for xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree-her determination is admirable x

      Delete
  7. Really don't know why this was such a big deal ... every one stumbles occasionally!

    C xx
    http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete

Skimlinks Test