Madonna, who is 56 years-old, is upset that she’s aging and said her age is being used against her. But Madonna also thinks that ageism is worse than racism and homophobia. Let me remind you that Madonna is the mother to two black children and last year referred to her white son as the ‘n’ word.
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, the pop singer said women are routinely discriminated against because of their age.
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk shit. Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect, we still live in a very sexist society.”
She continued: “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.”
You’d think Madonna, who has a heavy social media presence, would notice that every 3 seconds there’s a homophobic or racist remark being posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Maybe her age is actually showing in that way, if she’s naive enough to think it doesn’t happen.
What Madonna also forgets is that ageism, unlike racism and homophobia, beings when you age. Racism and homophobia start at birth for some and is taught at an early age for others.
Sure, ageism exists, but please spare me with trying to put it on the same level as racism and homophobia. An old white woman would have been able to sit on the front of the bus back in the day.
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