Madonna in Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Grammy Awards

Posted on January 27, 2014

Oh, honey. What have you done to yourself?

 

Madonna (with her son David) attends the 2014 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California in Ralph Lauren.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 Collection

 

She could blink and move her mouth last night but that was all she wrote for her face. Add the grill and you’ve got a look that says “I really, really, REALLY hate getting visibly older.” Girl, you need to pump the brakes on your face-fiddling. Joan Rivers is a quarter-century older than you but it’s getting harder and harder to tell that.

She told Seacrest that David picked out their outfits and wanted them to dress alike. We don’t know how true that is, but if it is, he’s a sly little bugger. He looks a whole hell of a lot better in his version than she does in hers – and he looks like he knows it. Everyone always assumed that Lourdes was going to grow up to be Mama’s Little Upstager, but wouldn’t it be hilarious if David came out of left field to snatch the crown?

 

 

 


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    • TrixieConQueso

      Apparently she is carrying the cane because of a recent back injury. So, there is that. Forgiven. The Grill? Not forgiven.

      • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

        OK, this clears up what was going to be my question. When she came out last night, it seemed like she was using the cane like an elderly person might. And then it seemed like people were holding her up or supporting her in more than just a friendly manner, KWIM? Even in these pictures, it looks like she’s leaning against the wall and/or David is propping her up. Throw in her seemingly frozen face and I thought for sure she’d had a stroke backstage and was just making a quick appearance before the ambulance whisked her away.

        • Sarah

          Yeah I wondered the same thing last night – like WHOA how did she get so feeble so fast? But then this morning I read she had a back injury. So that’s okay, but like TCQ said, no forgiving the other stuff!

      • TinaBelchersawkwardmoan

        The grill is grossing me the hell out. Why?! It looks terrible! It frankly makes her mouth look diseased!

        • Glam Dixie

          Right? Like she has a mouthful of rotten teeth. Gross.

          • Kent Roby

            I thought she had rotten teeth, too! I thought maybe it was a left-over from that hot minute when she became the worst cliche of a Brit when she was with Guy Ritchie.

            • Faerie Nuff

              Every time I see her smile, I have a waking nightmare that ends with me screaming. The grill has got to go.

            • Sunnykm

              Two words Fantine

        • BayTampaBay

          The grill is grossing me out too!

        • fursa_saida

          Right? You gotta flaunt a grill so it’s obvious that it’s a grill. Why even have it in if you’re going to treat it like tooth camouflage?

      • marlie

        So that explains the cane, but it doesn’t excuse any of the rest of this crap.

    • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

      I follow her on Instagram and she is constantly talking about inspiring her fans. If she really wanted to inspire us, she’d be brave enough to show us what it’s like to age naturally. It’s just such a disservice to the younger generation to have to watch a woman who has been a health and fitness fanatic her entire life cover up what would I’m sure be a beautiful natural older woman’s face.

      • jtabz

        I can’t even enjoy these crazy appearances like I might with other celebrities because I would have thought Madge would be much too badass to succumb to this sort of pressure to look young. It depresses me.

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          Tori Amos is going down the same path as Madonna is. It truly is sad.

          • Lily-Rygh

            Seriously? I haven’t followed Tori Amos in years, but she would be just about the last artist I would expect to give a rat’s ass about this shit. Wow. SERIOUSLY disappointing.

            • sojourneryouth

              When I first saw her after her “alterations,” I was stunned off and on for a good while. Her face looks stretched within an inch of its life–painfully so. It kills my heart because she was such a sexy, powerful, talented bish.

            • Domo_Konnichiwa

              Tori’s face is doing the puffy but stretched thing from too much filler, and she has the same wrinkling pattern under her eyes that Madonna does from either implants or botox. At least she isn’t wearing a grill or anything like that, but still, depressing.

          • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

            No!!!! Now THAT is depressing.

          • Kent Roby

            Wow, that shocks me, too!

          • jtabz

            No, Tori, no!

          • Luneowl

            I looked up pictures of Tori on a celebrity plastic surgery site. Her nose is definitely missing the distinctive bump that it used to have on the end and the skin on her face does look pretty tight for someone her age. On the other hand, she looks a thousand times better than Madonna! Thank goodness she didn’t succumb to getting her lips plumped up. So many faces distorted by having that done.

        • jen_vasm

          Cyndi Lauper is doing it to great effect. Whether you like the beet-red hair or not, she kept true to her style last night, did not appear forced or afraid of not being 35.

          • fursa_saida

            YES. And it’s very obvious that she’s had some surgery, but it comes off more “fuck you, I dig my face like this” than “OH GOD DO YOU SEE A WRINKLE ANYWHERE.” I don’t know how to explain it, except to say that her whole style is tremendously artificial (in a super fun and individual way), and so it kind of fits. Also, she doesn’t look like she sucks out maidens’ souls to sustain herself.

        • littlemac8

          Maybe she does’t have a self?! She has a huge ego but she’s re-formatted herself so many times maybe she doesn’t know who she is. Maybe that lack of a core inner person is what drives the relentless reinvention and that lack of self knowledge has led her to this low point.

        • gefeylich

          Madonna is starting to look like the elderly Mae West (google her, kids). But at least Ms. West was quite old before she started looking this embalmed.

          I think Madonna is addicted to surgical and extreme cosmetic procedures now. She has lost all perspective. And I really dislike her for using her kid as an accessory in this appearance.

      • Rhonda Shore

        The funny thing is that the surgery is aging her. She’s not that old. And I don’t understand why she’s wearing a Quaker hat. The grill is ridiculous but there’s a part of me that likes that she still likes to irritate people with it, which is what she said on the red carpet. Her son is adorable, absolutely LOVE his shoes!

        • filmcricket

          It’s getting to the point now where it’s hard for me to tell what’s surgery and what’s natural aging on people in the public eye. I mean, some surgical errors are so egregious that they’re obvious, but a lot of the time I’m like “Is that just what his/her face looks like now? Or was there some ‘help’?” And that may be the saddest thing of all about people doing this to themselves: the vast majority don’t look younger, they just look weird.

          • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

            Yup. Mary Matalin has been making the TV rounds with James Carver for their latest book, and WHOA. She no longer even remotely resembles her younger self. Really sad.

            • filmcricket

              I will say that I think at least part of it in this case is the grill adding some unusual shape to her face. I saw her in person (from the back of a room, but still) a couple of years ago during her tour about those horrid royals, and while she didn’t look like her younger self, she didn’t look like this either.

            • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

              Well, let’s hope she has the good sense to let things settle. What a publicity stunt that would be.

            • Lanus

              I think she is also being WAY aged by terrible makeup — too pale and powdery, it’s making the fine lines around her eyes look like a 90 year old’s.

            • Carrps

              I’ve been following a lot of the New Jersey scandal doings, and I’ve noticed the same thing about Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. She looks about five years younger now than she did a year ago.

              And on “Under the Gunn” Anya was looking a little weird to me. Not extremely different, but a little off. I was wondering if she’d had a “round eye” operation, because she looked like a friend in high school whose parents forced her to go to Hong Kong for the surgery. So sad.

        • Carleenml

          Just joining you in the “they look older” mantra. I. Just. Don’t. Get. It. And I was a naive little idiot, too. Thought Madonna would never go this route. Will the next generation get it? Ever?

          • Rhonda Shore

            In a 1997 interview with Ingrid Sischy, Madge said she was going to age like Peggy Guggenheim and be a patron of the arts. i don’t see that happening. And i didn’t think she’d go this route either. But you know, it’s possible that she was in a lot of pain, cause she hurt her back. She really didn’t look happy last night and usually she looks like she’s having fun on stage.

        • Carrps

          Seriously. She’s loads younger than me, and I’d rather sag a little than look so unnatural.

        • Heather

          Agreed. Just did a random search to find other women celebs who are the same age as Madge here. They include Madeleine Stowe, Holly Hunter, Annette Benning, and Andie MacDowell. All naturally beautiful, all aging gracefully.

      • KinoEye

        Yes. It is a disservice to young things like myself (24) who have already grown up with absolutely outlandish standards of beauty. I valiantly fight the nasty little voice inside my head who notices that the laugh line on the left side of my face is a lot more pronounced than it used to be, and tells me that EVERYONE NOTICES, and you’d better get started on the anti-aging moisturizer before it’s too late! But it gets hard when aging (especially for women) is treated like some sort of disease — once you’re infected, you are unlovable and unworthy of anyone’s love or attention. And that sick idea is never going to change if people like her keep buying into it. If it makes her feel more confident and beautiful, fine. But I think she’d look a lot more beautiful without it.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Keep fighting the good fight lovely! When I think back to my 24 year old body… well, I didn’t deserve it and I would love to have it back!

        • fursa_saida

          I’m 25, and yeah–I had a whole freak-out when I noticed the tiny beginnings of fine lines around my eyes. I got over it and realized nobody else notices them (I only even notice when I’m doing my makeup and have a mirror within an inch of my face), but I remember that horrible moment of having the expected freakout, AND feeling dumb for having the expected freakout because it’s not like I’m not aware of the tyranny that is the beauty standard, AND feeling annoyed at our society that I had to deal with either of those emotions, all at the same time.

          • KinoEye

            Exactly, Fursa! Totally nailed the weird cycle of feelings. I know it’s ridiculous to freak out over something like a laugh line, especially when I’m 24. And it’s really a good thing, because it means I’ve laughed so much already that it’s starting to show. But glad to know I’m not alone!

        • housefulofboys

          And don’t be afraid of when people DO actually notice, it happens to everyone at some point. I’m on the other side now, in my 50′s, and I look at my face wrinkles and sagging as proof that I’ve been on this planet, living my life, for over half a century. I have a light in my eyes, and a smile on my lips, and I embrace it all. Good luck to you!

          • KinoEye

            :-) Lovely. My dear late father once told me that he liked to see wrinkles and lines on people’s faces, because it meant they’d lived life. Their youth might be gone, but that was worth nothing compared to the joy, sorrow and wisdom that made those lines. He was right. I look at my mother (64, and looks WAY better than Madge) and I see all of those things, not the wrinkles. She’s the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen, who has lived the most incredible life. The proof is right there on her face, and it makes me happy.

            Also, I long suspected the Bitter Kittens made up the best online community out there, and now I know I was right!

        • Sunraya

          Lines on your face are beautiful! They tell the story of your life, your laughter and tears. Embrace them!

          • KinoEye

            I know it, Sunraya — I’ve struggled with being much too hard on myself when it comes to appearances for years, but I’ve gotten a lot better. It makes me happy it’s a laugh line, not a worry or frown line — I figured those would come first, given how much of that I’ve done in my 24 years. But that line is a reminder that I’ve laughed more than I’ve cried, and it’s a beautiful, welcome reminder!

      • sojourneryouth

        I was never much of a fan of hers. It always irked me that she was considered such a pioneer, when all I ever saw her do was make the most out of her own pretty modest talents, exploit those of others’, and provoke society with her sexuality. Folks been doing that for years before she came along, so I was never particularly impressed. However, her determination and business sense have always been on point, some of her music is quite good, and she has managed to become and remain an icon since the 80s in a misogynistic business, so I have much respect for her as a younger woman who sees how hard she has worked. Even at her grossest moments in the past, she seemed to be in control of everything. She seemed to understand her image and how to manipulate it to get what she wanted, artistically or financially–and she seemed to be enjoying rubbing it in everyone’s face! How is it that she seems more desperate now than she was when she was actually hungry and struggling? I am mystified that Madonna doesn’t seem to see how she could fucking INVENT her own way to be sexy, cool, edgy, and elegant as an older woman, just like she reinvented herself so many times before.

        • http://twitter.com/janedonuts Jane Donuts

          Well said. It appears that the same traits that got her in front of the whole world are the same ones that are bringing her down – namely, the belief that she is super human and not subject to normal human frailty. An arrogant, but classic mistake.

          • oohsparkley!

            I totally agree with you and yet I feel like no matter what she did or how she dressed, she would be criticized. She changed her style so many times, that she didn’t really settle on any one style, so she had nothing to settle into. Where-as Cynda Lauper kept her colorful hair and slightly kooky style. Madonna doesn’t seem comfortable with herself, it comes accross as trying too hard.

      • Sobaika

        So by inspiring her fans she means throwing around racial slurs? Not over it, and I think bringing David to such a high-profile event after the controversy was a real slick (and sick) move.

        • sojourneryouth

          Remember when she said that black men had been the most disrespectful to her, therefore black women must be okay with that level of disrespect? She has always been ridiculous about racial politics, but again, now she’s even worse.

          • fursa_saida

            This isn’t even at the same level, but I still can’t forget how she was kicked out of a theater for texting during 12 Years A Slave.

          • Anthonyash91

            Ironically she said that all while ignoring the fact that her white ex-husband beat the living crap out of her.

            • sojourneryouth

              Exactly!

        • PeaceBang

          It gave me the major creeps. Child as accessory. Manipulative as hell.

          • decormaven

            I’m flashing on Michael Jackson and Emmanuel Lewis.

        • Aurumgirl

          Totally agree. I actually would even go as far as to think she took the opportunity to call her son the n-word on twitter because of the amount of publicity people like Ani DiFranco and Lily what’s-her-name recently got for being racist. Those two drew far more attention to themselves via controversy than they ever did with their talent! So now to “save face” (ironic on so many levels) she’s dragged her other, African, son out to prove us all wrong for thinking she’s racist.

      • Anthonyash91

        I don’t get what’s so bad about plastic surgery. Life’s too short to live with a face you don’t like so if you can change, you should do so, especially if it’ll make you happy. I don’t think you have to be au natural in order to be inspirational. We’re all fake in one way or another.

        • demidaemon

          Yes, but there are also plastic surgery addictions, as well as doing so much surgery that you basically become unrecognizable.

          I also think there is already way to much fakeness in the world.

        • Sunraya

          I really, really try to be myself, with all my faults and blemishes, inside and out. Took me 52 years to learn this, though. I would NEVER let anyone slice up my face – it is me, it’s the window to my soul, it was all earned. He most beautiful woman I ever knew as my grandmother.

      • http://scialocco.wordpress.com/ Shylock

        “Natural” and “Madonna’s face” parted company before recorded history started.

      • DebbieLovesShoes

        Well said.

    • Ginger

      Madonna has slowly morphed into a depressed caricature of her former self. Picture late 80′s/early 90′s Madonna and how she would react to seeing herself as she is now. She’d punch herself in the ovaries.

    • snarkykitten

      She looks like a Tim Burton character. Not a compliment.

      • GorgeousThings

        Hassidic Jack Skellington, with extra bling.

        • surfergirl70

          You win the internets today. Fantastic.

      • TAGinMO

        Faye Dunaway is: EVIL COLONEL SANDERS!

      • Little_Olive

        Spot on

    • CLoverleaf

      Batshit nuts.

    • sugarkane105

      I never have and will never understand the grill thing. It’s not even cool anymore.

      • Ginger

        The way you say that implies that it was cool at one point in time. I must’ve missed that. :)

        • Kate Andrews

          George Foreman’s grill’s the only cool grill.

          • Ginger

            *snort*

          • Ginny Ellsworth

            I kind of like the grill on a 1940′s Dodge Sedan myself.

          • Rand Ortega

            With Grease Catcher!

      • AmeliaEve

        I had braces for six years as a kid. The idea of putting more metal in my mouth horrifies me.

      • Heather

        I’m curious – do they, like, come off? Are they permanent, like gold teeth?

        • sugarkane105

          I think it’s essentially a bedazzled retainer. Sexy.

          • Heather

            Ewww, gross.

    • Kate Andrews

      She is just so tiresome. She doesn’t need to go the all-natural route by any means, but Madonna reminds me of latter-day Michael Jackson now, and that’s just sad.

    • alyce1213

      Well, she went full-on Mennonite with the hat, didn’t she? If she’s trying for a Marlene Dietrich look, she’s missing by a mile.

    • Glam Dixie

      She has become the punchline to her own joke.

    • Wendi126

      Love child of Truman Capote and Johnny Depp.

      • Anna

        I was getting a strong Johnny Depp vibe as well, particularly Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows.

        • MoHub

          Sorry, but Jonathan Frid will always be the only real Barnabas Collins.

          • Anna

            I’m not familiar with the original, but I don’t doubt he was better than Johnny Depp’s interpretation. This latest version of Madonna just reminded me of the character in the film version.

            • Rand Ortega

              What’s the feminine of “Elderly Gay Wind Chime”? (besides “Madonna” lol)

            • Anna

              LOL, I don’t know. But I hear she’s collaborating with The Home Shopping Channel on a collection of those.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              Elderly Gay Wind Chimina.

          • Carrps

            Oh, man, the original Dark Shadows was so awesome. So Cheesy. I used to rush home from school to watch it. I remember it airing at 4:00. And than the original ingenue (Victoria) ended up as Claus von Bulow’s lover and testified at his trial. Wonderul!

            • MoHub

              I’d guess, then, that you’re about in my age bracket. It was always the major topic of conversation on the walk to school, and when my sister was off at summer camp, I had to send her daily updates.

            • Carrps

              All the girls looooved Dark Shadows. My brother was hooked on, of all things, All My Children.

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      Have we not been here and done this, with that kid she took under her wing back in the old days but a much different face?

      Did they not wear almost exactly this in a video clip? I believe it involved canes as well, I could be wrong though.

      Someone who knows the clips better than me will know the one I mean, which one was it? :)

      • Kate Andrews

        Yep. Open Your Heart.

        • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

          Oh, in 80′s type suits it was. Yes, I remember now, thanks for pointing me to the right film clip! ;)

          • Kate Andrews

            Also, she sang that song last night.

            • bxbourgie

              I don’t know if I’d call what she did last night singing.

            • Lily-Rygh

              I have to agree. “Singing” is perhaps a bit too generous. Madonna’s never had the greatest voice, but last night…whoa. That was just bad. But to be fair, if she was in pain from a back injury…

            • Lanus

              Yeah, the look on Mary Lambert’s face as she tried to be poised and professional…..”Holy Cow! I’m up here singing with Madonna!” La la la “Holy Cow. I’m way hotter and sing way better than Madonna! Well, this is embarassing…..”

            • Lily-Rygh

              EXACTLY!

        • YoungSally

          I was thinking that Madge was going to have a cow (or adopt one) while shooting daggers at Bey’s clearly referential opening.

      • Rhonda Shore

        i don’t remember a Quaker hat in the video.

    • Eve Farren Farber

      She looks like the bad guy’s hench-woman from an old James Bond flick. Scary!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Odd Job and Jaws had a love child.

        • demidaemon

          OUCH.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      She was born in the same year as my mum, and I don’t know if it’s lifestyle or cosmetic surgery, but she (and if she read this she’d hate me and want to set me on fire for saying this) looks way older than mummy dearest.
      I had the same thought when I saw Paris Hilton in her Grammy outfit and had to google her to check her age to find out she’s barely five years older than I am… frightening.

      • marlie

        Plastic surgery backfiring on her?

      • Rhonda Shore

        I’m that same age and also look younger than she does…whatever she is doing is making herself look weird and older. And if i have a few lines in my face, i feel like i earned them.

        • Vaniljekjeks

          It’s like on top of the augmented face, she has the thought process while dressing, “what would a drunken Miley Cyrus wear?”

    • PostsYouCanDanceTo

      This makes me think of Diane Keaton and how great she looks.

      It is a great suit, btw. Poor accessorizing, though I do support the idea of a walking cane with the suit, back problems or no.

      • Lizzyisi

        I agree that it’s a great suit and the accessorizing (well, and lack of hemming) is what kills it.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      She looks like an Amish Zombie.

      • Karen Belgrad

        She looks like the Reverend Henry Kane from Poltergeist.

        • NinaBoo

          Thank god, I thought I was the only one.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Ooh, should have scrolled down first. I had the same observation!

        • decormaven

          “God is in his holy temple”…..

    • Jenna621

      Refusing to age gracefully is what she’s doing.

      • Rhonda Shore

        It’s such a shame really.

    • clatie

      I do love the suit. Hate the stupid cane, glove and crucifix crap. Grill UNSPEAKABLE. And she has succeeded in making her face look like she’s a hundred years old. When will they learn?

    • hunt3002

      It’s hard to see a woman who built her career on breaking boundaries trying not to age. She’s be so much hipper if she just let herself be her age.

      • DTLAFamilies

        If you look at her peers like Debbie Harry, Annie Lennox and Cindy Lauper, it’s even more tragic. Those ladies look like they’ve really lived and it’s fabulous.

        • Kate Andrews

          Yeah, and you can also see an entire range of “aging gracefully” in those three examples. Annie doesn’t dye her hair, and I’m fairly sure Debbie has had some subtle work done, and Cyndi still has the trademark red hair, but none of them look like they’re trying to trick the mirror like Madonna does.

          • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

            This made me google all three of them and I am in LOVE with Now!Annie (as she will be called in all of my Annie/Debbie/Cyndi/Madge fanfic). Her hair is fucking fantastic.

            • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

              Oh, and can we talk about Grace Jones?? Please – Now!Madonna is laughable next to Now!Grace.

            • Kate Andrews

              I’m not sure if Grace is human — she’s gotta be at least part-robot, right? Love her.

            • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

              She’s part AMAZING is what she is. I mean all amazing. Cause let’s be serious.

            • Kate Andrews

              She’s in the Christie Brinkley-Iman pantheon. Those women still look amazing (and yeah, I know they’re probably all had something done, but it’s not obvious to me).

            • http://myriameron.blogspot.com/ Heron

              And there’s the problem with Madge! I mean, looking like ANY of them would be a DREAM to me, but it’s too bad that Madge is entering her golden years kicking and screaming. In a non-Grace Jones kicking and screaming kind of way.

            • marlie

              Maybe it’s the difference between getting a little work done to smooth out the lines and shave off a few years, compared to getting a ton of work done to look the same as when one was 25.

            • RussellH88

              I’m convinced that Grace Jones and Tilda Swinton predate the creation of the universe. They are the inverse of each other and if they were to touch, the universe would cancel itself out and cease to exist.

            • murt

              Tilda Swinton is only a couple of years younger than Madonna too right?

            • RussellH88

              Tilda is 53 in human years.

            • fursa_saida

              Well, now I just want to see a remake of Hancock starring those two.

            • marlie

              Annie Lennox = my original girlcrush.

          • MoHub

            Debbie Harry has definitely had work done, and it looked pretty bad a few years ago, but now she’s let it settle, and it’s far better.

        • murt

          It’s funny because I’d bet that at least Debbie Harry and Cyndi Lauper have definitely had work done as well (and
          who knows about Lennox) but they all look fantastic……… I just don’t understand how Madonna couldn’t get better work done, especially considering that she looked fantastic 10 years ago….

        • EveEve

          Madge is 55, Annie Lennox and Christie Brinkley are 59, Cyndi Lauper is 60, and Debbie Harry is (gasp) 68.

          • demidaemon

            I saw Christie Brinkley on E! News recently. She looked slamming!

      • Call me Bee

        Maybe Madonna isn’t as innovative as she’d like us to believe….

      • demidaemon

        Me and my mom had a similar conversation last night when looking at pictures of James Taylor and Steven Tyler. Taylor, who is older than Tyler, looks around fifty, while Tyler looks like a walking zombie. It’s a scary comparison.

    • http://www.paolathomas.com/ PaolaT

      She should take her cues from Carole King who looked absolutely freaking amazing…

      • Kate Andrews

        I think the problem here is that Madonna is competing with her past beauty, a bad thing for anyone to have to deal with but much worse when you have so much documentation of that beauty. For a good 10-12 years, she was *the* hottest woman in the room. Carole had other talents and skills to fall back upon.

        • filmcricket

          I remember reading a piece about Led Zeppelin a few years ago, and how, compared to contemporaries like Dylan and Neil Young, they were kind of screwed reunion-wise* because their music was young men’s anthems. Dylan and Young sounded like old men when they were in their 20s, both vocally and often in terms of their subject matter. But hearing 60-year-olds go on about squeezing lemons is kinda gross.

          Carole King is kind of Dylan in this scenario, while Madonna’s in the same boat as Zeppelin. She’s lasted an incredibly long time in a field where what’s new is what’s best, but it can’t go on forever. And she doesn’t have, say, Prince’s awesome talent and backlog of unreleased material to fall back on.

          *leaving aside the whole “death of a founding member” obstacle to reuniting.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            On a similar note, I went to a Violent Femmes concert maybe 10 years ago, and they talked about how weird it was having these suburban salarymen coming up to them and saying that they’d loved Blister in the Sun when they were in college…

          • fursa_saida

            Plus, Prince isn’t interested in staying in front of the cameras. He avoids social media, mostly stays in MN, etc. His whole thing now is smallish live shows. He remains a scarce commodity, his fans keep up, and he’s not constantly scrambling after mass-culture relevance because he doesn’t care. Madonna could never function like that. (Can you imagine her playing a small venue? It’d be hilarious.)

            • Alloy Jane

              A few years ago Prince did a series of shows at the Forum in Inglewood and I’m pretty sure they sold out. 21 dates I believe. He is an AMAZING musician and now he’s on Twitter! Small tangent but I think he cursed the Super Bowl half-time show because it hasn’t been decent since he played.

            • fursa_saida

              I think I read recently that he got on Twitter specifically to help promote a band he was mentoring. Best.

        • par3182

          Let that be a lesson to the young people out there.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Love the suit and the kid in the suit. Everything else is tragic.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        David is werqing the correspondent shoes.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      I have a take on Madonna that is different. I find her to be the spirit of a vengeful Aphrodite, the one who used sex for power. For that, Madonna will always be tops for me.

      • RescueMe23

        Finally – one positive comment. She is one kick-ass bitch! And, I mean that as a compliment.

      • Alyssa_T_Robot

        thank you! she looks kinda bad in the first photo but the rest aren’t that bad, come onnnnn. you try being in this youth worshiping business for 30+ years and see how you feel about looking older. give her a break, people.

    • rkdgal

      Considering how frequently she used to change her looks up, I’m amazed at how long she’s been working this one. Why not shorter, darker hair, Madge? It can be a wig if you don’t want to commit. Just DO SOMETHING ELSE, already.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      She’s barely recognizable here. The kid looks cute though.

    • @Biting Panda

      Buzz Feed’s 8 People Madonna Looked Like made my night. I am (and have been for a while now) laughing my ass off at Old Madge. I found her decision to bring her son as her date, on the heels of her most recent controversy, the lowest level of taste. Yep. I said it. Any grown woman, wearing a fucking grill, needs to be shuffled right back to her room for her meds, because she is full on delusional.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Yes! “Hey, I can use the n-word because HERE IS MY BLACK SON”. Awful.

    • Luis Padreda-campos

      It’s sad to see someone trying so had
      to stop time.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      In regards to the grill, I think the problem is that she’s surrounded by “yes” people who won’t tell her their real opinion

      • alyce1213

        Aren’t they all?

    • SewingSiren

      The Joker.

      • rosanegra

        Colonel Sanders and the Planters Peanut had a baby.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      Is wearing one glove going to be popular again?

      • Lori

        No.

        • zmayhem

          My 7-year-old is all over the one glove thing. But, then, my 7-year-old is 7.

    • Sarah

      So…yeah, she had work done. But why so pale & ghastly??? I was uncomfortable watching her barely move her mouth to sing last night, but the close-ups here are going to give me nightmares. Nightmares where a ghostly vampire pilgrim bites me with metal jaws.

      • mjude

        I don’t understand the pale makeup either. I love Madonna & I am always defensive of her. so I will say she wasn’t feeling good. her son is a doll

      • ccinnc

        The 3rd picture is frightening. I may have physically recoiled.

    • RescueMe23

      She does the grillz to piss people off. I agree that its time to leave the face alone but how many female icons are allowed to age gracefully? Not many. I don’t care how she’s dressed or what she looks like..she’ll always be my favorite.

    • bhl_1123

      The only accessory that works here is her adorable son. I sincerely hope that her kids are regularly saying “mom, stop! You are embarrassing us!”

    • Stubenville

      Aaah, the smell of desperation. Despite the blemish and wrinkle free skin, Madge looks old.

      • RescueMe23

        Yes – she’s 55. Like me. Old.

        • tereliz

          My 57 yr old mom, who own a BOAT and moisturizes with Pond’s, looks younger than Madge.

          • RescueMe23

            I look younger than Madge as well. But I’d rather not judge her face. Its hard enough to be a woman getting older in society. As a woman myself I’d rather support her than not. I don’t like plastic surgery either, but that’s only what I choose – or choose not – to do.

            • tereliz

              What I guess I should have said was that I don’t think of my Mother as old just because she’s 57.

            • RescueMe23

              Got it. Thank you. I just feel sad that for many women in the spotlight; you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. They get criticized either way. Yes, people get old. Yes, people try to fight it. It isn’t easy for any of us, its a shame that so few of us remember that until we start aging ourselves.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Your mum is the same age as mine. Who also looks younger than Madge.

        • Stubenville

          I actually think it’s the outfit, that “Amish Annie Hall” whatever getup that seems two sizes too large for her. And her bad posture, leaning forward on the cane like a ninety year old. She looks WAY older than 55..

      • Call me Bee

        Yep. I’m just a bit older than her and I look younger. So I’m told, anyway…

    • Courtney

      Her head looks photoshopped onto her body. That can’t be a good sign, can it?

    • Danielle

      I…. am verklempt.

    • lobsterlen

      Plastic surgery!?!?!? I don’t think so. Its Madonna, you know she took this I am not getting older to whole new level. She is a friggin vampire. Put a mirror up to her and I will guarantee no reflection.

    • ojosazules

      I think they both look sharp. He definitely wins, though.
      What I don’t understand is, for instance, how come Meryl Streep looks good but we don’t think, ” oh shit!” when we look at her face; Doesn’t Madge have the money to afford whomever it is that Meryl goes to?

      • alyce1213

        Not sure I understand what you’re saying. I don’t think Meryl “goes” to anyone, other than maybe external facial treatments. She’s aged gracefully, she’s earned every beautiful line in her face. Meryl doesn’t appear to have had any surgery, and I’ve never seen filler puff or facial distortion.
        Madonna, who is a decade younger than Meryl, has chosen to fight natural aging tooth and nail in every way possible — surgery, injections, and dressing like a fool. She’s losing the battle, because it’s so damn desperate and obvious.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          I was reading something today (blogger who’d had some treatments reporting on lunch with the plastic surgeon to the stars who did her work) which said that Madge actually hasn’t had any surgery, it’s all fillers, bad makeup and dressing like a fool.

          • Heather

            Sorry, but she has definitely had cheek implants, if nothing else.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              I would have thought so, but who am I to argue with a blogger’s surgeon to the stars?

      • Kate Andrews

        I think there are surgeons out there who bow to the client’s wishes, even if it’s not advisable. Wouldn’t most of us have a hard time saying no to a *very determined* Madonna? I mean, she no doubt believes she knows best about the work she wants done. I would think of it along these lines: you can get different sized breast implants. Some of them are going to look more natural, and others will look ridiculous but are still physically sustainable. If you (or Madonna) insisted on the DDs, some doctors are going to say that the Cs will look more natural on your frame, but they may still give in and do the DDs if you continue to insist.

      • Imasewsure

        I think Madonna also has pretty much no body fat and that can definitely impact how “freshening” looks on a person.

        “Your ass or your face” to paraphrase the lovely Ms Deneuve…

        • zenobar

          I’m on Team Face. I like keeping exercise down to a part-time job.

          Also, I enjoy chewing things that are not made entirely of vegetables.

    • Carrie Verde

      Did anyone else see this and instantly think of Motherboy from AD?

      • LJCdoc

        I love you inappropriately for saying that.

    • sagecreek

      There’s a time to rest on one’s laurels, and stop competing.

      • bellafigura1

        Well, I absolutely and unequivocally disagree with that! If you want to stay forever young, NEVER rest on your laurels, but do compete within your league.

        • sagecreek

          I guess I was saying that there’s something to be said for aging gracefully. Madge ain’t gonna do that, clearly.

    • TonyGo

      Yellowish blonde hair, light foundation and strong lip will always read as Baby Jane Hudson to me.

    • thesevenendless

      She looks like David’s ventriloquist dummy for some kind of fabulous talent show – whoops, I just described the Grammys.

    • Latin Buddy

      It’s really sad. I know it’s easy saying “she should age gracefully” when I’m 27…but I just wish she would know that this isn’t the way to go. Yes, she’s used to be the young, new, thing and that it’s difficult to mimic that at her age…but she’s fucking Madonna. ACT like the legend that you are! This isn’t it!

    • Candigirl1968

      Had Madonna simply played the outfit straight – without the silly cane, gloves and grille – raised her hem and worn her own bad ass fedora and spats, this could have been really fun, rather than kinda sad.

      • RescueMe23

        I agree. But she’ll never be “sad” to me.

        • Imasewsure

          Yes I don’t really see it either… I hate plastic surgery for sure… would have loved to see her age gracefully (or just aged) but it’s a tough industry and she clearly felt she needed it. She seems happy though and her kids seem happy and adorable. She doesn’t make my irrational list at all

    • Charles

      Annie Hall meets Witness.

    • marlie

      Madonna’s doing everything she can to seem cool and hip, and it’s backfiring in her face. The clothes are fine, but her hat, the glove, the jewelry and that stupid grill shove it over the cliff into “caricature” territory.

      Her son is cute, and I love all the shade he’s throwing her way.

    • GorgeousThings

      Jocelyn Wildenstein (did I spell that right?) probably sent Madge to her plastic surgeon

    • Tracy_Flick

      Mutton dressed as ham.

      • ovarB

        A fashionable “turk-duck-hen.”

      • Rand Ortega

        Just got my vote for winning the internet.

    • ovarB

      Oh snap!! The Supreme is living and breathing and walking the Grammy red carpet!! AHS Coven in the house bitches!!!! Quick!! Hide Lorde until she has completed the Seven Wonders!!!!!!!

    • Rand Ortega

      Love the Material Mama. But she’s starting to get the “Madame” look with all the plastic surgery. Little David The Adorable is definitely a chip off the old provocateur!

    • quiltrx

      Well, I like the iron cross pin. Toss the rest. (except David’s shoes, which are awesome).
      Oh, and besides looking like shit, she sounded like it too (which I only know from youtube, since I stopped watching this farce in the early 90s).

    • Morales Mike

      Baby Jane Ciccone. It’s depressing to those of us who grew up with her. She was so fabulous for so long but now…. it’s kind of heartbreaking.

    • RussellH88

      You know, I wouldn’t be totally against it if she dropped the grill and just made her style a Mother Superior/Amish Wife Drag take on Madonna.

      But running from her age like it’s a Sandra Bernhard tell-all just makes her look petty.

    • Carolyne

      The horror. The horror….

    • jilly_d

      Surgery aside – it’s a pretty great suit that would have been a nice look for her… Had she not added the hat, cane, and glove. And grille, jesus help us. The accessories take it into asshat territory. And girl, that ain’t your makeup.

      But can we all just talk for a second about how she’s considered an icon of pop music…and she can’t sing? Mary Lambert was mopping the floor with madonna’s ass last night.

      • Imasewsure

        In Madonna’s defense she definitely qualifies as a pop icon… one of the biggest really – not a singer for sure but then again, neither is Cher (gasp I said it). And Cher is f^cking Cher… entertainers, performers, icons, superstars … but not songbirds…

        Agreed on the accessories and definitely the makeup.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I don’t think it matters that she isn’t a great singer. She’s been able to produce memorable material for 30 years and put over a song brilliantly within her limitations. Frankly, I am quite impressed that on a show like that they used live music and not recordings.

        • filmcricket

          They supposedly jettisoned recorded tracks after the Milli Vanilli debacle.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Ah! Makes sense. Sort of.

        • jilly_d

          Does it really not matter? Memorable vs. Quality? I can still remember MmBop from over 15 years ago….but it doesn’t mean I want to….

          I’m just sad that someone can become as famous as her in the music industry without being all that musical. Especially when there are so many truly musically talented acts out there who will never make it big. I hate the “image machine” I guess.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I’d make a distinction between having a good voice and being musical. I haven’t listened to any of her stuff for about 10 years, but her early material is good, even if she doesn’t have much of a voice. It’s pop music – image is part of it. I also hate that X Factor and that sort of thing has made image and commercial appeal so central, but since the 50s and possibly earlier the image machine has been driving the industry.

      • Erica_Vuitton

        She can’t sing because she can’t move her face!! When you say the words “open your heart to me” your cheeks move in and out and your lips form an O, clearly something she’s lost the ability to do. It’s so sad to me because she used to be so expressive.

    • brown-eyed girl

      Just sad.

    • http://tvblogster.blogspot.com Boop

      Nothing says “old” like a fake, tight face. Just sayin’. She was the one who sang “Respect Yourself”. She’s not showing it by desperately trying to hide her age. The grill makes her look like she had bad bridge work, with a dose of halitosis.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      “Carol Ann, come into the light”….she’s totally rocking the creepy preacher from Poltergeist-look!

    • Nika E

      She looks desperate and it’s sad. Grills? Really? No.

    • andi56

      It was nice of the Estate of Michael Jackson to loan her one of his gloves.

      • RussellH88

        Apparently she also borrowed his skin tone.

    • RussellH88

      The close up of her face with the bit of grill peeking out is ghoulish.

      It’s like she’s wearing the Death Mask of her relevance for the red carpet.

    • MoreShoes

      She became a parody of herself. Pity.

    • crash1212

      I absolutely adore everything going on from the neck down. Stunning suit accessorized in the Madonna fashion. A home run. Everything from the neck up – um…needs a big re-think? There…that was diplomatic, right?

    • heartsleeve

      She’s there in mommy-and-me matching outfits with her son and the grill because she’s trying to prove that it was okay for her to call her son the n-word on Twitter. Fuckery all the way around. Go home, Madonna.

      • murt

        That’s what I was thinking too. It’s really sad to see what she looks like now though.

    • Little_Olive

      She looks like she’s been dead for a couple of days. Except for her hair, which looks like it’s been dead for months.

    • RescueMe23

      I thought we were talking fashion?

    • formerlyAnon

      Girl’s lost touch. Her son IS adorable. I like her tux.

      Hope she’s a good mom behind closed doors – at least that she makes sure her kids feel thoroughly valued and loved. Past that, they’ll have the money for therapy, I imagine.

    • DKBB

      She looks at lot like Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her, doesn’t she?!

      • TonyGo

        Yep. The last scene at the funeral.

    • Call me Bee

      I don’t mind the suit at all; I actually like it a lot, Even the cross on the tie. But everything else annoys: the hat (a tilted fedora would have been so much better…), the glove (ugh!), the scraggly hair, the grill (!) I can forgive the cane, since it’s functional, but she’s really trying way too hard. Her son, however is a doll!

    • samo_samo

      David wins…hands down!

    • Sam Smith

      David looks great! Madonna, queen of reinvention has been stuck in this look for 10 years and really looks poorly for it. Plus, way too much plastic surgery.

    • Emily Dagger

      ohhhh, she looks weirdly like the woman in the massive corner house in my old neighborhood where none of us wanted to trick-or-treat or sell Girl Scout cookies.

    • LeelaST

      I have to say it – Mom/Son pimps. David is adorable however. Mom…

    • Trickytrisha

      Geez, Madonna Louise, grow up already. This is sad.

    • boweryboy

      Oh Madge…

    • Pennymac

      How can she NOT know that she’s become a cartoon character of herself? Her son is adorable. But she scares me.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      when a woman “of a certain age” wears a grill, it tends to look (and sound) like ill fitting dentures. the walking stick (cane?) is not helping. this look can also dissolve into scary smelly old witch easily.

    • Janet B

      Carole King looked beautiful, Madonna looked sad.

    • Cathy S

      There was a picture of her with soon-to-be-80 years old Yoko Ono, also wearing a black pantsuit and black hat, and Yoko blew her out of the water. When Yoko looks younger than you (and much less plastic) you have made a grievous error. (Note, I like Yoko. This is not a Yoko slam, it’s a “why don’t you look anywhere as good as that 80-year old does” slam.)

      • Imasewsure

        Yoko is awesome… until she sings… but then she’s awesome anyway because she’s Yoko…

        • Cathy S

          Agreed. She’s awesome.

    • Ashleigh

      I, for one, in my humble opinion, think she looks pretty damn good. I even thought it was cool to have the black version for the red carpet, and white for the stage. Granted, I too hate the grill, but she seems to get a kick out of wearing it.
      It was obvious that something was troubling her, and rumors point towards some sort of pain from an injury, but, as she said to Seacrest, she wanted to be there for something ground breaking.
      It quite possibly could have been within all of her strength and will power to even attend this dog-and-pony show and I think it’s kind of sad that so many jump all over her with their nasty comments without knowing the facts.
      She looks nothing like Michael Jackson, she did not act in a crazy way nor did she look like some sort of freak combination of random people.

      PS Wish we could have seen the shoes!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        “nor did she look like some sort of freak combination of random people” – I beg to differ.

    • Clydette Wantland

      Holy shit. What a mess.

    • Nimith

      On the up-side, she’s only wearing one tacky, fingerless glove. This is progress?

    • MzzPants

      Little Man is lookin’ sharp.

    • 909girl601world

      Whatever. Call your white son a *&$@*, “defend” your choice of words, and then trot out your black one for what, atonement, a week later. She can miss me with all of her foolishness. Including this get up and the grill.

    • Janet B

      Baby WERQ for David.

      Love Madonna’s suit, but the styling and posing? Ridiculous.

    • MilaXX

      I’ll be nice and say the kid is cute. Madge herself can miss me.

      • sojourneryouth

        Sure wish she wasn’t using him like a prop, though. Not particularly comfy with that.

    • frannyprof

      That grill is just so… sad. And nasty. Seriously.

    • mickiemonkey

      When she came out during the Macklemore number, I thought it was Dolly Parton.

      • Heather

        But Miss Dolly OWNS her work.

    • Jones

      I think it’s you, not her, who are disgusting and who need to grow up. Shirley Manson is absolutely right when she says Madonna cannot possibly win. If she has wrinkles or veiny hands, you mock her and make fun of her. You do your very best finding the meanest and snarkiest comment to score points. If she goes under the knife or wears gloves, you mock her still. Again, the meaner, the better,

      What’s funny is that she continues to act exactly the way she has always acted. She lives her life the way she wants to. If she loves the grill, she wears them and no one is going to stop her. She doesn’t care about how they look. She doesn’t care. She never has so why would she start now? As always, she’s still in control of what she does. She makes decisions based on what pleases her. She does what she wants to do. Nothing has changed. She’s not playing by your rulebook. She isn’t even playing your game. And your game, your sport, is ridiculing people. Mocking them. Making fun of their appearance. How classy.

      Truth of the matter is that she’s never been respected enough. Part of that has to do with the fact that she’s never asked to be respected. She’s too strong for that. She’s represents herself as a strong woman and she is one and society won’t forgive her for that. If she falls, she gets up and continues like nothing happened. You don’t see her asking people to feel for her, to like her. She isn’t weak and people can’t appreciate that. Her strength is almost inhuman. Therefore, she`s unlikely to ever garner the sympathy reserved for the tragic, and she`s also unlikely to ever get the respect deserving of the triumphant. You can`t be all that jealous of the talented addicts who die way too young but you can be of the tenacious workaholics who make our lazy spectator asses look bad. So all you can do is to bring them down. Mock them. Ridicule them. And at least in your world you feel better. But is that something to be proud of? That’s your contribution?

      And speaking of David… Let’s no forget that people attacked her for adopting David (and it was simply attack on her, not on Guy Ritchie who also adopted him… again personal vendettas… strong women who don’t play by the rules are attacked).. Tom and Lorenzo wrote the most vile and disgusting piece on that adoption I have ever read. They basically told her to return him to Africa. And here you are still trying to tell Madonna to grow up. Oh, the irony.

      But she just keeps her doing her thing and you can’t stand it.

      • Cee Layton

        You obviously never read this blog. The reason most read TLo is because of their critiques being informed. Can they throw some snark? Of course. But you are delusional if you think “Madge” doesn’t care. She has made a lucrative career from caring about what people think. As always…if you don’t like the OPINIONS of TLo, don’t read them.

        • Jones

          What a weird way of thinking. “If you don’t like it, don’t read it”. How about read them but if you don’t like them, challenge them? But I guess that’s not a sycophant-y thing to do.

          If Madonna cared about people’s approval and what they think, she wouldn’t have done a lot of the things she’s done.

          • filmcricket

            She doesn’t care about their “approval” but she sure as hell cares that people continue to buy her work. She does what sells, that’s what she’s always done. And that’s fine, that’s what an entertainer does. But she’s been stealing looks and hooks from other people since the beginning of her career, so to act as though she’s some paragon of original thought is laughable.

            • Jones

              If she cares about people buying her product, why is she working with musicians and producers her largest fanbase doesn’t care about at all? If she cares about how her sales, she would have done a lot different types of music with her last two records and she would have promoted them, too.

              Uumm, who said anything about originality? She’s a post-modern artist. She sees something she likes and she makes it her own. She’s never tried to say that wearing a pink dress for Material Girl was an original idea. Anyway, as a post modern artist she’s actually been successful. Unlike that “Steffi” character, who doesn’t really know what or how to do it.

            • filmcricket

              If she doesn’t care about selling music anymore, she can stop. That’d be fine with me. I don’t know what you consider promoting, but I sure heard plenty of both her last albums and she toured for Hard Candy. 4 Minutes was a collaboration with one of the hottest (at the time) producers and solo acts in the business. If she didn’t care about hits, she could have tried to find some obscure folks to work with instead of JT and Timbaland.

              And I’m not talking about the Marilyn homage for an appropriate song, come on. I’m talking the club kid outfits. The Vogue-ing. The desperate pursuing of Bjork and William Orbit as collaborators when electronica had its last resurgence. Postmodernism is not actually synonymous with theft.

            • Jones

              Since when has collaborating with certain artists and producers meant theft? And please, Madonna has never tried to hide that she wrote Vogue after seeing Paris Is Burning. Heck, the song is basically a soundtrack to the film! It tells the same story! Just listen to the words. It’s a lot more clever song that people give her credit for. Club kid outfits? Hah. You’re really grasping at straws here. Sorry.

              She could stop but she won’t. She keeps doing this the way she want and on her own terms. Nobody wanted her to work JT and Timbaland (who were going out of style anyway at that point… Madonna’s 4 Minutes is the last true hit Timbaland produced if my memory serves me right… I’m not interested enough to check it out). But the point is that she keeps doing music that pleases her. She’s active, she’s even an athlete in a way, she dances and works out and record music she can do all that to. She releases music that she can do her aerobics to. Soundtracks to her workout routines. Now ask anyone, who wants that? No one. But she does it because she can and that’s what she wants. People want her to go back to Patrick Leonard and Joe Henry and do real music but she works with DJs because they create the music she wants. It won’t score hits. It won’t make people respect her as an artist. Does she care? You know the answer already.

              Promotion means letting people know you have a new product out. It means appearing on talk shows, morning shows and late night television. Giving interviews and performing new material on TV. Heck, appearing on awards shows. Madonna doesn’t do that. The last time she performed at an awards show was in 2006. Tours are for fans. Tours are for people who expect her to sing old hits (meaning the ones from 80s and early 90s) and who really don’t know about her new material. Does that matter to her? No. She performs the new songs (most songs from her latest album). She does what pleases her. An example: in 2001 she announced a new tour after 8 year hiatus. People went crazy and it was the hottest ticket in the world because if she’s known for one thing, it’s putting on a great show. After almost a decade long hiatus, people expected to hear string of hits from Like a Virgin to Vogue. What did she do? Holiday and La Isla Bonita. Rest of the setlist was from the three albums she had released during those eight years. Again, she did what she wanted to do. Tough.

          • Cee Layton

            You’re right, you should read things you disagree with; let me rephrase by saying “if you don’t like the OPINIONS of TLo, don’t misinterpret them. They aren’t saying Madonna is weak, only her fashion choices bear examination and critique. And her son is dynamic, soon could even outshine her soon. Oh, and that the grill is hideous. They may not have said it, but I sure am. Yeesh!

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            “How about read them but if you don’t like them, challenge them? But I guess that’s not a sycophant-y thing to do.”

            It’s also not a very sane thing to do when you’re talking about the hatred you’re spewing here. It’s not that you “don’t like us” and are “challenging” us; you clearly find us repulsive and just want to say so over and over and over again. You’re not “challenging” a thing.

            • Jones

              If opposing sexism, ageism, bigotry and vile posts like the one you wrote on her adopting David is me “spewing hatred”, then so be it. I’m a hater then. I hate hatred and discrimination.

              I’m challeging your views on women by not being a sycophant (like most people here in the comments section) and accept them. Of course, if you want, I can challenge you harder. I just don’t think you’d allow that (even getting my posts through was a challenge and they all haven’t even appeared here…). But hey, I’m crazy!

              Oh, and it’s not about you. I don’t dislike you. I dislike what you write. But please tell me, what kind of people write what you wrote about Madonna adopting David? What should I think of you after reading that piece? Do you really think you shouldn’t be condemned for it? That there isn’t anything wrong with that post?

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Every single post you’ve made has shown up in this thread and the only reason some of them were held up was because you posted a link. So if you’re still maintaining that your free speech has been infringed, then yes, you still sound crazy.

              “Oh, and it’s not about you. I don’t dislike you. I dislike what you write.”

              Oh please. Have the decency to own your words:

              “I think it’s you, not her, who are disgusting and who need to grow up”

              “But when I come here, I don’t expect decency and manners”

              And as for your continued insistence that we defend and apologize for a post we wrote SEVEN YEARS AGO, we don’t take back ONE WORD from that essay. She acted appallingly during the entire “adoption” process with David and deserved to be called on it.

              And you know what else? This is the end of discussion on that seven-year-old post.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Sweetie, you got a little crazy on your face. Right there, on your cheek.

      • NilBlur

        I appreciate and agree with most of what you have written.
        I wait for her next appearance – she’s had her ups and downs. I expect her to recover, if only from bad lighting and poorly chosen images.
        Many commenters on this site can be oddly conservative, which kills the fun sometimes. Guess they don’t call them “bitter” for nothing.

      • Miss wks

        My dear Jones, while I agree with much that you say I feel your comment falls apart when you say she is a strong woman and cares not what anyones says. Her face, ala multiple plastic surgeries, says otherwise. I feel that a strong, independent, creative woman-especially in today’s climate of trying to defy the aging process by any means necessary-would do the exact OPPOSITE of what Madonna is doing with her looks. A strong woman who cares not what people think ages naturally and beautifully and says FUCK IT to those feel pressured to stay youthful forever. Much as she tries, she cannot reclaim her youth- at least physically. Her attempts are saddening.

        • Jones

          Thank you, miss wks, for a mature response. I appreciate it.

          Jane Fonda went under the knife when she felt that she didn’t like what she saw in the mirror. When she felt that her image didn’t represent how she felt. So she chose plastic surgery. She did it in her 70s. Nobody made her do it. She didn’t feel pressure from others. She did it to make herself feel better.

          So I don’t accept the notion that people do it only because they feel insecure or because they feel pressure to stay young. Sometimes people do it because how they look outside doesn’t match how they feel inside. I think Madonna is very youthful spirit. I mean, she doesn’t act like your typical, average 55-year-old. She is more youthful. She’s in better shape. She’s active. I think her reasons to do whatever she does are similar to Jane Fonda’s.

          That being said, whatever she’s doing isn’t working. Her doctor isn’t a good one. That astound me.

          • Miss wks

            What does it mean “when she (Jane Fonda) looked in the mirror and didn’t like what she saw”?. Aging is a slow process. It’s gradual. That’s the beauty of it. One does not suddenly wake up to suddenly see wrinkles, the grey hair, the spots. They are created over a lifetime. They are our badges of a lifetime of experience. And they have value. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who allows herself to age naturally. Jane Fonda did not like what she saw in the mirror because it hit her that she was no longer a young beauty and it scared the ever lovin’ SHIT out of her. She caved as most do in her business trying to reclaim that thing she felt she had lost. Looks can be deceiving and I believe it is the exact opposite of what you say. A woman who feels youthful inside (despite her real age) will glow on the outside thus melting the years away because she is secure, joyful and owns her present stage of her life. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.

            • Jones

              Jane has talked extensively about her plastic surgery and her reasons to do it. What you assume about how she felt doesn’t match what she talks about. She’s an refreshingly honest woman in Hollywood (read her memoirs if ou don’t believe me).

              I think people have a pre-concieved notion that the decisions to rely on plastic surgery always stem from something bad or negative. Nobody made Jane feel that she had to do it. For instance, she wanted to remove the bags under her eyes because they made her look tired, not old. And she didn’t feel tired. That’s what it means.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            “That being said, whatever she’s doing isn’t working. Her doctor isn’t a good one. That astounds me.”

            Your hypocrisy is a stunningly beautiful thing to behold.

            • Jones

              Actually, that isn’t hypocritical at all.

              I don’t criticize her. I don’t write snarky comments about how she looks. I don’t mock her appearance. Her value as a human being isn’t dependable on her appearance. I’m not shallow. Also, I’m not telling her what to do. I’m not telling her that she should “age gracefully” (whatever that means”) or write sexist comments like “girl, what have you done to yourself?”

              But I do think her doctor isn’t doing a very good job. So my criticism is directed at her doctor. It has nothing to do with her. She can do whatever she wants and she can continue to pay her doctor for his/her services and I won’t shame her for it.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              You spewed thousands of words trying to shame us for criticizing her plastic surgery and then you criticized her plastic surgery.

              You’re a hypocrite.

            • Jones

              No, I don’t criticize her nor any woman for their decision to go under the knife.

      • SewingSiren

        She’s still not going to answer your phone calls or open your letters.

    • AvaLehra

      “…wouldn’t it be hilarious if David came out of left field to snatch the crown?”
      I would pay cash money to see that.

    • Lesley

      For the love of god please put Madonna down. She’s done.

    • Monabel

      “Rode hard, and put away wet.”

      • sagecreek

        PERFECT! Thank you.

    • YoungSally

      I wonder if she was the inspiration for Ms. Lange’s style (and makeup) on AHS.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I thought the same thing–she really looks like Fiona Good’s more evil sister.

    • Suse

      Hasidic vampire!!!

      • Alloy Jane

        No kidding. I like the idea of the suit but something about it (not her) feels a little too sepulchral to be fashionable.

    • cluecat

      She doesn’t look well. I don’t think it’s the face, cane, or grill. Her skin looks flat even under all the makeup and her eyes are dull. She looked listless. I hope she’s OK.

    • Scrangiebaby

      The word around these parts (Philly): Madge in white with cowboy hat = our gal Sal, Sally Starr, just before she passed on…sad.

    • kimmeister

      This is the first time I’ve seen her with one hand fully uncovered in years! That wasn’t so bad, was it, Madge?

    • golden_valley

      Oh dear. Madonna has entered that Never Never Land that Michael Jackson occupied.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      i am totally not getting the attraction f the grill thing. on anyone. it just reminds me of rotten teeth. am i old?

      • Madam Von Sassypants

        I’m actually okay with everything minus the grill.
        Well, and her creepy adherence to keeping her face young/hiding the effects of a very well-lived 55 years.

    • Scott Cooper

      She looks like she’s playing the Emcee in an Amish production of Cabaret.

      • http://www.readbarbara.com/ ReadBarbara

        That made me laugh out loud!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Putting shoo-fly pie where it’s never been before!

    • suzq

      David was a RIOT on the red carpet! The suit is fine. Very Marlene Dietrich and if that was what she was going for, I’m all for it. Marlene never would have worn that Quaker hat, however. And the hair would have been cropped to round out the look. And this morning we would have been talking about how stylish she was instead of comparing her hat to Pharrell’s.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I don’t think the Grammys is the place to go dressed in what your young son wants you to wear.

      Also, if he turns out like Magic Johnson’s son, I will gladly give him a standing ovation.

    • http://www.readbarbara.com/ ReadBarbara

      Maybe she thought this was the audition for the role of Rachel Zoe’s mom (grandmother?) in The Rachel Zoe Story (thankfully not coming to Lifetime anytime soon.)

    • CatherineRhodes

      Madonna, of all people, could realign the universe on issues of beauty and aging. Imagine if she came out as her natural self, sporting a ton of well-deserved attitude, and saying, “Yeah, bitches, I’m 55, and still strong, fabulous and at the top of my game.” Instead, she is this pathetic, puffy-faced thing with gloves covering the lines on her hands. Jeez, woman, own it!

    • Gatto Nero

      This is just unsettling and sad.
      But David looks suave.

    • QuothTheRavenSymoneNevermore

      At least we now know whatever happened to Baby Jane. She’s alive, well, and apparently going to pimps and ho frat parties dressed like Annie Hall.

      • ms_bdc

        4 for you, quoth the raven, you go quoth the raven!

    • KT

      MOTHERBOY XXX

    • Linounettematha

      We have a new Supreme!

    • SierraDelta

      I share the opinion of others that she doesn’t look well. As many people know, pain changes the way you present yourself; it’s reflected in your face and your body, and there’s not much you can do to hide it.

      I’m not a fan, and our aesthetics are radically different, bit I admire the way she’s reinvented herself to be true to her own internal voice. If she wants to be a trailblazer in this decade of her life, however, then maybe she should consider being the (literal) face of what a woman of a certain age looks like in the 21st century.

    • Frederik Tidén

      I think going to he Grammys as a bond villain is kinda badass. And I find the comments hectoring her for “desperately” chasing youthful beauty on the one hand, and scolding her for “ageing make-up”, grills that look like “rotting teeth” and not wearing a pretty preeetty dreeess on the other hand, um, stupid. I’m no fan of the grills either, but she ain’t wearing that shit to look youthful. Same goes for the rest of the outfit. Displaying her age? That’s her way of doing it.

    • DesertDweller79

      I kind of like the suit on her, really. It is really nice suit. I can even get behind the hat, this being the Grammys. Cane is functional, so no problems there. It is just awful seeing what she has done to her face, though. It actually looks painful! I wince looking at her. The grill is silly, but she had a good attitude about it when she talked to Guiliana on the Red Carpet. It was hilarious that her son was pestering her about it and she stopped to explain to him that he had to go to the DENTIST to get it, so STOP BUGGING ME! LOL.

      I could really get behind the whole look without her poor face and that grill.

    • http://www.merradywickes.wordpress.com/ MissWix

      I have a client who told me she “looks to Madonna” to see how she’s aging because they’re the same age. And I was like…yeah, but she’s not exactly aging naturally. My client was completely flabbergasted that Madonna might be having plastic surgery, and “couldn’t see it”. ummmmmm

      • demidaemon

        I think an optometrist’s appointment is in order for your client.

        • Fannie Wolston

          I need one too, I saw Rachel Zoe in a maxi dress at first

    • Diego!

      I think the suit looks great on her. Her face is under lots of issues: i.e. chin and cheeks look swollen and her make up is sad. She needs smokey eyes until her surgery gets un-noticeable. I hate her golden teeth. They suck. I love her glove though.

    • tmetz85

      I am getting a whole lot of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” from her face….

    • Laylalola

      David is growing up into a really attractive young man. Geez. I remember his baby picture from what seems like last year.

    • Columbinia

      Madonna looks ghoulish. This is not a youthful look, no matter how smooth her skin.

    • lifeisastory

      She reminds me so much of the evil old guy in the first Poltergeist movie.

      • LuluinLaLa

        I think you mean the second Poltergeist movie and I only know that because it has been burned in my brain.

    • lifeisastory

      Please tell me she’s wearing some kind of appliance on her teeth, because if she isn’t she needs to get to a dentist right away.

    • Julaine Haraden Morley

      Marlene Dietrich desperation.

    • Jones

      As much exposure to the disgusting sexism, ageism and rac ism is fine by me.

      Even if it means making me seem, well, crazy, by posting all my attemps to point out that vile and revolting piece you guys wrote on Madonna’s adoption.

      So much thanks to you for letting people make up their mind about it. And if they are good and decent, they will condemn you for it.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        I like how, when your comments were stuck in moderation because of the link you posted, you claimed we didn’t believe in free speech, but when we unstuck your comments and they got published, you implied that we did to make you seem crazy.

    • http://weirdinedgewise.blogspot.com ONEWEIRDWORD

      Gorgeous kid. But jeez, his mama looks like Gramma on Bob Fosse Night at the Home.

      • Dagney

        Bob Fosse night at home? omg, I am cracking up.

    • ChristyDee1

      If she had dark hair she’d be a ringer for Michael Jackson. Glove and all.

    • demidaemon

      I can’t with the grill. I just can’t.

    • cocohall

      Could Helen Mirren please come and intervene? It IS possible to age naturally and be hot and relevant.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It’s a real shame that Madonna either didn’t get, or doesn’t agree with that memo. Her face looks like a mask of her younger self, and that ain’t good.

    • elzatelzabelz

      I’d rather have 1980′s Madonna back. She was fun and could put on a show. This version is sad, and trying to be something she’s not.

    • alyce1213

      Odd, I always considered this blog a sexist-, ageist-, and racist-free zone. T-Lo take very good care to keep it that way.

    • kategs

      One of the most talented ever but she is becoming a parody of herself.

    • Alloy Jane

      No disagreement here. You ARE crazy. I mean, talk about putting words in someone’s blog that are not there. Not even a little. TLo’s site is one of the few places on the internet that does not tolerate body-snarking. They make a point to remove comments that are hateful or inappropriate. Nowhere in their commentary do they say Madonna looks disgusting. Additionally, this place is unique in that it frequently calls out the racism prevalent in the entertainment industry. I could go on, but I doubt you have to capacity to process reality.

      You know I feel sorry for Madge in the way that I feel sorry for any over-privileged Westerners who hate themselves enough to disfigure their bodies in the pursuit of eternal youth. If she really didn’t care what people thought of her, she would’ve let nature take its course. But she does, and no matter how much you cyberscreech about it, you cannot make it so.

    • Sunraya

      I’m sorry, she is my age. And so sad, she is just ridiculous.

    • dschubba

      The line between Madonna’s face and and Betty White’s is getting blurrier by the day.

    • crystal76

      Live, she looked like the cryptkeeper!

    • MannahattaMamma

      Makes me so sad. I thought Madge would manage (madgeage?) to kick ass as she aged, ala Helen Mirren. But clearly, no. A grill? Really? How 1989 of you.

    • bertkeeter

      She needs to take a page out of Marlene Dietrich’s style book and stick with GLAMOUR!

    • Dagney

      why god? why?

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      You see sexism, ageism and racism *here*? Good lord. This is one of the least sexist, ageist or racist sites I’ve ever visited. Either you are extremely sensitive or you have trouble reading for comprehension or your love of Madonna triumphs over all reason.

    • E. D.

      Quit with the implants and fillers!!

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      “She doesn’t care about you thinking she looks ridiculous!”

      Perhaps you should consider taking a page from her book.

      • Jones

        Yeah, let’s pretend you are doing a service to all women by doing what you do for a living.

        Ignorance is a bliss, isn’t it?

        • Headphone Princess

          Wait a minute. What does this have to do with what TLo just said? How did it get to what TLo are doing ‘for all women’? What does that even mean?

          My favorite thing about this blog is that it proves that discussion of fashion need not be frivolous. The work on ‘Mad Men’ is what drew me here, like many of the ‘bitter kittens’, but what keeps me coming back is the way in which women and what they wear is taken seriously. Since we are so often reduced to what we look like, what better way to balance the onslaught of unfairly focused discussion than to say ‘yes, this is what we look like, and when we look good, we should take ownership of that, and when we’re looking silly, let’s have a laugh!’ As a WoC I am absolutely fastidious about how I look because I know, for better or worse, that this is how I can have some control over how folks interact with me, by taking control over what I wear, how I do my hair, etc. To me, this is self-respect, and this is celebrating being a woman, embracing femininity on my own terms.

          The posts here are funny, they’re insightful, they’re thoughtful, and I think they’re empowering. They say ‘hey, if you’re going to judge these women, let’s have a serious, informed way of doing it, without the body shaming and the bs.’ I’m a big fan of using the apparatus that are often used against us for our benefit, and that is why I love this site.

          So I can’t speak ‘for all women’-a tremendously insulting notion in and of itself, but I’ll speak for me and say that they are doing a service for me. There is nothing ignorant about loving fashion, about having a bit of fun at the expense of the outrageously wealthy and the attention seeking famous folks, and about presenting fascinating insights into the reality of our lives, which is to say that women have historically told themselves through what they wear (as with the ‘Mad Style’ posts).

          If you don’t like what they’re doing here, move along-no one is forcing you to be here. It’s not like you’re here to have a rational discussion, that ship sailed a few posts before this.

          • Jones

            “It’s not like you’re here to have a rational discussion, that ship sailed a few posts before this.”

            Oh, believe me, I wish it would have been a rational discussion. Instead I get responses like

            “Nicely done. Maybe now she will lift the restraining order. Or not.”

            and

            “She’s still not going to answer your phone calls or open your letters.”

            and

            “Sweetie, you got a little crazy on your face. Right there, on your cheek.”

            And you think I’m the one to blame for this not having been a rational discussion?

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              You are ABSOLUTELY to blame for the responses you got, when you open the discussion by calling us disgusting and calling anyone who agrees with us sycophants. Don’t even try to whine about people being rude to you. You were outrageously rude and condescending from the second you entered this comments section.

            • Jones

              I don’t whine. I dont’ care how people respond to me.

              Anyway…. By that logic you should blame yourselves for the response you got from me.

              Because your posts on Madonna (for instance, the post on her adopting David) deserved the tone I chose.

              So perhaps it’s you, not me.

              Of course, that can’t be, can it? After all, you refuse to take back “ONE WORD” from that “essay” (we are stretching the meaning of an essay, are we?) of yours. That says a lot about you, not so much about Madonna or me. I mean, you are the people who would have let David die. You are the people who laughed “for months” when she fell off her horse (do you laugh at Christopher Reeve, too?). i could go on but do I have to?

              How else should I respond to that (and what’s been said of Madonna here)? And btw, please note that I never said I was talking to nor about you two specifically when I said “I think it’s you, not her, who are disgusting and who need to grow up.” After all, you never called her disgusting. I was actually thinking about everybody who had said something negative about her in the comments section. I never corrected when people assumed I was talking to and about you because I thought that was revealing that they instantly assumed I meant you two.

              Anyway… What was I saying? Oh yes… So how was I supposed to respond to that venom if not with contempt?

              Of course, if never occurs to you, you never even think of the possibility that you could have done something to warrant my initial respond of calling you out on your shit.

              And btw, as a skinny woman… I’ve come to notice that people think you can say anything about skinny people. That people think it’s okay to make a comment about our bodies. So your “advice” for Madonna to “put on a little weight, girl” is quite offensive. It’s like saying “lose some weight, Gaborey Sidibe”.

              Oh, and Madonna is a woman. Not a girl. (See: sexism)

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Oh for God’s sake. Shut the fuck up.

            • @Biting Panda

              ‘Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.’

    • SewingSiren

      Nicely done. Maybe now she will lift the restraining order. Or not.

      • Jessica Freeman

        It’s oh so interesting the amount of time spent on these essays. Google must be on fire.

        • Jones

          Come on, do you really think I need Google to write about Madonna? Please.

          Anyway, it was nice chatting with you all. I didn’t expect any of you to accept my point(s) or even just stop and consider them and give them a moment of thought. It’s pretty evident (most of) you guys didn’t. I pretty much got the reaction that I expected. Meaniig that I’m crazy, delusional and whatever the names I was called were.

          It’s okay. I don’t care. I find it funny. So cheers, y’all!

          • Jones

            Wait! Can I say one more thing before I go?

            Thank you.

            Last week she was accused of being a racist. On Sunday she came dressed up looking like a plantation owner. Is it possible that’s just a coincidence? I don’t know but I find it funny whether it was on purpose or not. Only Madonna can get away with something like that.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              This from the person who wrote “I don’t find sexism, racism, ageism or discrimination of any kind funny.”

            • Jones

              TLo wrote: “This is coming from a person “find sexism, racism, ageism or discrimination of any kind funny”.”

              You’re grasping at straws. I guess it’s all you’ve got.

              Yes, see… Madonna isn’t a racist nor has she ever been. What she wrote on her Instagram wasn’t racist. What she is wearing here (if we accept the notion that she’s dressed up as a plantation owner) isn’t racist. It’s a comment of the accusations. Her “ironic” (in the sense she misuses the word) comment on it. In a way she’s saying “do you really believe I am that? Me, a racist? F off.”

              That’s funny. Racism isn’t. And neither are those other things.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              You said you found it hilarious that Madonna showed up on the red carpet deliberately dressed like a plantation owner, with her African-born son beside her. That’s pretty fucking vile.

            • Jones

              Actually, that’s not what I said.

              But even if I did, there’s nothing wrong about dressing up looking (pay attention to that word, btw) like a plantation owner. Especially when it’s clear that the person isn’t holding the views of a plantation owner. Madonna isn’t a racist. She’s never been a racist so the accusations of her being one were ridiculous. Therefore, this get-up could be seen as “ironic comment in the Madonna way” (which incluses the misuse of the word which is typical for her). Her way of making a comment on the accusations is dressing up looking like a racist. I know. It only makes sense in the world according to Madonna. And that’s funny.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              That is EXACTLY what you said:

              “Last week she was accused of being a racist. On Sunday she came dressed up looking like a plantation owner. Is it possible that’s just a coincidence? I don’t know but I find it funny whether it was on purpose or not. Only Madonna can get away with something like that.”

            • Jones

              That’s not EXACTLY what I said. Compare what you said about what I said to what I actually said.

              For example, I never said she did it deliberately. That’s not the only thing you got wrong.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              No, you said you’d still find it funny if she did:

              “I FIND IT FUNNY WHETHER IT WAS ON PURPOSE OR NOT. ONLY MADONNA CAN GET AWAY WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT.”

            • Jones

              Which isn’t exactly what you tried to say that I had said.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              You’re beautiful. Don’t ever change.

              Well, except the hypocrisy and “finding racism funny when popstars do it” parts. You should probably change those.

            • Jones

              I haven’t been hypocritical. That won’t change no matter how many times you say it.

              Also, Madonna isn’t a racist nor has she done anything racist. So you can’t say that I find such a thing funny.

            • Jones

              I would find it funny if she did it on purpose. But I didn’t say that she did it deliberately, like you tried to say I did. Mistake #1 among others.

            • Kathy

              Just because Madonna is pulling this crap doesn’t make it right or brilliant. The fact that she apparently thinks she’s special and can “get away with this” is the whole problem. And that you can’t question this behavior is rather sycopantic of you.

            • Jones

              Who said I can’t question that behaviour? What if I questioned and then agreed with it?

              That being said, if she did dress up looking like a plantation owner, if she did it on purpose to make a point and to comment on the accusations of her being a racist, I do find her ways funny. Again, it only makes sense in the world according to her. The accusations were absurd. Responding this way would be absurd, too. Underlining the accusations and inviting people to accuse her again of being a racist. It’s kinda the same way when she was accused of being a bad example for women and and an anti-feminist and what her response was to that.

              But you know… The way her mind works is not on the same radar as your average person. Her references are usually off the Richter scale, as she once put it. For example, Madonna once did a photoshoot where she had painted her face black. Gasp! She decided not to release it because she understood that people weren’t going to understand her references. Black Madonna. If you know what that is, you know what she was aiming at. But not many would have. They woud have accused her of being a racist because most people don’t know anything about black Madonnas.

            • Kathy

              All I’m reading from you are circuitous justifications, not questioning.

            • Jones

              If she had done all that on purpose… If that was her reason to dress the way she did… And if I understood her and what she was doing… Why would I write my questioning and the entire thought-process here when everyone else is judging her and already telling that point of view? If I repeated what everyone else has said, what would that bring into this discussion?

              Doesn’t it make more sense that I try to explain the other point of view, which is “off the Richter scale”?

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Yes, you certainly came across as not caring and finding this all funny.

            See you in another seven years!

            • Jones

              I do find people resorting to name-calling funny.

              I don’t find sexism, racism, ageism or discrimination of any kind funny. That’s the difference. But you have a hard time understanding that. I know. I understand.

            • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

              Mkay, bye!

    • Fannie Wolston

      You argue a pretty strong point for rejecting ageism and social expectations for the middle aged woman, yet many many women live a strong active unconventional life after 50, without grillz, boozing with teenagers or prominently displaying their boytoyz.

      Other than that her suit rocks, her son has it together and i wish i had the talent to style my 50 + hair like madonna’s..

      • Jones

        See, part of my point is that there isn’t just one right way of being. Women should be celebrated no matter how they (choose to) look at whatever age.

        Thank you for your post. I think it may be the only mature and positive response I got here. So thanks. :)

    • hellkell

      I saw the thumbnail and said, “Jesus Christ.” Madge, honey, NO.

      I always thought she’d be a trailblazer when it came to aging. Guess that’s not gonna happen.

    • http://kingderella.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      “She got a light skinned friend look like Michael Jackson
      Got a dark skinned friend look like Michael Jackson”

    • @Biting Panda

      I don’t think I’d ever read that original post from back in the day. That was FUCKING FANTASTIC!!!

    • lobsterlen

      Madonna is this you?

    • ScarlettHarlot

      Honey, no. Just…no.

    • BitterOldQueen

      This is just sad all over. Madonna has become Miss Havisham, bitterly trapped in her fantasy of a lost youth.

    • Violentcello

      Switch out the hat and lose the stupid glove (and the grill obviously, but luckily I only spy that in one photo), and this would be more Marlene than Michael Jackson. I wouldn’t even mind the little affectation with the walking stick because it’s Madonna and whatever.

    • BayTampaBay

      Patti Hansen, a model from the late 70s and early 80s plus the wife of Rolling Stone Keith Richards, is two years older than Madonna and looks million times better due to graceful aging.

    • Lauren Lynch Fox

      I like David’s shoes. Hate the grill on Mom.

    • guest2visits

      I adore the suit, hat and all. And her son is very sweet in matching attire. But; wow do I hate what she’s done to herself to escape the possibility of ONE wrinkle. All that attention to dress and fitness goes out the window when her perspective of growing older is so skewed. So many people are doing processes to themselves way too prematurely, thoughtlessly, or unnecessarily. I’m not against people using cosmetic surgery to correct something that really matters to one’s self. Or even to attempt to hold back the normal process of aging – somewhat. But trying to deny or obliterate what comes naturally in every life…. usually means the results are far from pleasing, and far from natural. I never thought Madonna would have to go down this road. It must be hard to exist as a celebrity – especially in music without trying to sell to a very young audience. But I thought she had the power, the history, and the sheer will to f*k all the rest and write her own tomorrow, on her own terms. This looks more like fear & unhappiness. Hate the stupid, useless grill. I’ve wanted to own a cool, fantastic suit ever since that beautiful one in Jackie Brown! This may be somewhat costume-y with the hat and all the rest for the event; but I do love the stylish suit on it’s own and it fits her to a T.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      OMG her face. I can’t!!!! And the whole moment when she came out hobbling and slowed down the track to the point where it sounded like an error… mumbling the words and looking as if she was about to fall over. Hilarious. Go home Madge you’re just embarrassing yourself now.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Oh honey no.

    • Guest

      I’m mostly fine with this until I get to the head. The hat was a mistake, and the grill…oh, the grill.

    • JaCory Deon

      Why oh why did she pull/pump her face like that? She could have been such an attractive older woman. As is, she is giving me all shade of that man from Poltergeist. Hide Carolyn!

    • Guest

      I’m mostly fine with this until I get to the head. The hat was a mistake, and the grill…oh, the grill. But the again, the was the Grammy’s, so maybe these kinds of judgements are unwarranted. It’s not as formal as the Oscars, and the celebrities who attend this award show have more license to have fun with their outfits. If Madonna wants to wear a grill, and that makes her happy, then I say go ahead and wear the freaking thing.

    • Daktari100

      I’m mostly fine with this until I get to the head. The hat was a mistake, and the grill…oh, the grill. But then again, this was the Grammy’s, so maybe these kinds of judgements are unwarranted. It’s not as formal as the Oscars, and the celebrities who attend this award show have more license to have fun with their outfits. If Madonna wants to wear a grill, and that makes her happy, then I say go ahead and wear the freaking thing.

    • MaggieMae

      I’ll toss in my two cents of surprise that Madge has gone this far down the plastic surgery lane. I didn’t see it coming. Who is she? The grill, the gloves, the frozen face.

    • mznormann

      UGLY. period.

    • Chadge

      If you look at my handle and avatar, you might be led to believe that I’ve drank the Madge-flavored Kool-Aid. Guess what, you’re right! So while I may not be REMOTELY objective, I’d like to offer a counterpoint to the collective point here, you ignorant sluts. I like the suit. Maybe I’m a little tired of the Dietrich drag (she did it sooooo much better at her MDNA DVD premiere this summer) but I still think she looks good in it, and the fact that only person who looked more butch than her that night was Trent Reznor strikes me as kinda fun. By no means do I think a retro-quasi western pants suit marks an attempt to look “young”. I don’t get that accusation at all with this kind of suit, bearing in mind that the two women most well-known for that kind of look are Diane Keaton and Fran Lebowitz. Seen them in Seventeen lately? (Oh, you’re right, Fran’s 10 questions about boys with Ke$ha was stunning, remarkable journalism. I stand corrected.) About the grill… well, she’s on the record that the only reason she’s doing it at this point is to piss people off. SO PLEASE STOP TALKING SO FUCKING MUCH ABOUT IT, HATERS, I WANT MADONNA TO HAVE HUMAN TEETH AGAIN. I don’t think the bejeweled gloves are an attempt at youthfulness either, just … I don’t know what. It’s weird, but not Gaga overpowering weird, so I’m cool with it.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        “By no means do I think a retro-quasi western pants suit marks an attempt to look “young”.

        Neither do we. It’s the ten pounds of filler injected in her face that does that.

    • Therese Bohn

      Seeing Madge here, all I can think of is Gary Cooper in “Friendly Persuasion”… David is fab, knows exactly what he’s doing.

    • http://www.dogsdotcom.blogspot.com/ Plink

      I never though this would happen to you, a woman who seemed to have such self awareness. You look desperate and terrified of who you are…an older gal. Embrace it, woman. You’ll be so much happier and less a spectacle.

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