Madonna had the honor of introducing Sam Smith and Kim Petras at the 65th Grammy Awards before their performance and shouted out all the rebels and troublemakers in the music industry. To recap, on Sunday, February 5, the 2023 Grammys premiered. Petras, who is trans, and Smith, who came out as non-binary in 2019, made history by winning Best Pop Duo/Group Performance alongside a spirited performance of their song “Unholy.” Unfortunately, the focus of conversations on social networks and elsewhere has been about his appearance. Some people have insinuated that she altered her face through plastic surgery or other procedures. Not all reviews were negative, as some sympathized with Madonna and underscored the pressures of being in the limelight for as long as she has.
But Madonna did not take this criticism lightly. In fact, on Feb. 7, the pop icon shared a few choice words in an Instagram video featuring several people, including Smith, Petras, Cardi B, and more. The video showed Madonna interacting with the various stars, but it’s her long caption where all the meat lies.
She began by expressing how she originally wanted to present the Album of the Year award, but thought it would be more meaningful to present Petras and Smith’s duet performance. She noted that people should have been more invested in his speech rather than zooming in on his face, adding that most people would look distorted if a photographer took similar images of them, captioning his video, “A lot of people have chosen to only talk about close ones – pictures of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone’s face!!”
She hasn’t been shy about directly stating that criticism of her appearance is a result of ageism and misogyny and that there really is nothing winning for women as they age. “Once again I am caught up in the glare of ageism and misogyny that pervades the world we live in. A world that refuses to celebrate women over 45 and feels the need to punish her if she continues to be willful, hard-working and adventurous,” the caption read.
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