Madonna attributes the criticism she received for her appearance at the 2023 Grammys to “ageism and misogyny”.

Madonna also stated that the reason for her appearance looking different at the 2023 Grammys was due to close-up photos taken with a long lens camera.

Madonna may have felt frustrated and disheartened by the backlash she received, which she attributes to ageism and misogyny. She might have also felt defensive and possibly even indignant about the criticism, given her explanation that the reason for her appearance looking different was due to the use of a long-lens camera.

Madonna stated that she has never apologized for her appearance in the past and will not start now, before referencing the song “Break My Soul” by Beyoncé. She expressed her understanding that the media degradation she has faced throughout her career is a test and she is proud to pave the way for future generations of women. She ended her post with the statement, “Bow down b—-es!”

See her full post below.

Madonna’s full Instagram statement: 

“It was an honor for me to Introduce Kim Petras and Sam Smith at the Grammys. I wanted to give the last award which was Album of the Year, but I thought it was more important that I present the first trans-woman performing at the Grammys — a history-making moment!! And on top of that, she won a Grammy!!

“Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech, which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim, many people chose to only talk about close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone’s face!! 

“Once again I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeates the world we live in. 

A world that refuses to celebrate women past the age of 45 and feels the need to punish them If she continues to be strong-willed, hard-working, and adventurous. 

“I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made nor the way that I look or dress and I’m not going to start. I have been degraded by the media since the beginning of my career, but I understand that this is all a test, and I am happy to do the 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 soul.’

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

“Bow down b—-es!”

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