Madonna has never been afraid to take on hot-button issues, and now she has a new cause: ageism.
The Material Girl, who is now 56 years old, has been getting flak for showing a lot of skin on Instagram — but the pop icon says it is nothing new and she’s not going to stop now just because she’s no longer 20-something.
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk shit,” she said in a new interview with Rolling Stone. “Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society.”
“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,” she continued. “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. 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.”
Which would explain why she flashed her ass on the red carpet at the Grammys last month.
“This is what a 56-year-old ass looks like, motherf***ers!” she told the mag.
And when it comes to discrimination, it’s not just her appearance she’s talking about. A British radio station reportedly refused to play her new single because she doesn’t fit the age demographic — but her fans stepped in to let BBC Radio 1 know that Madonna’s music is timeless.
Read the complete interview with Madonna in the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday.