Memo to Madonna: Act your age

Memo to Madonna: Act your age

There are 53 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Oct 15, 2008, titled Memo to Madonna: Act your age. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Madonna turned 50 this year. That's a watershed for a woman and a pop star, the incontrovertible borderline between youth and what comes after.

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Englishman

Nottingham, UK

#1 Oct 15, 2008
This newspaper article could only have been written by a woman! You can say what you like, Madonna is, and always will be, beautiful...stunningly beautiful for that matter. Not a very nice piece of journalism at all. But, like the old saying goes....
"A womans worst enemy...in another woman"
lago

Stevensville, MI

#2 Oct 15, 2008
Sounds to me this reporter is jealous. Nothing wrong with how Madonna looks are acts at age 50.
mfan

Flint, MI

#3 Oct 15, 2008
It is pure jealousy.....Who cares about her age.Being beautiful and sexy is not ONLY for the 20 /30 somethings in the world! Get over it already..........
Material Girl

Wayne, IL

#5 Oct 15, 2008
I think the point of this article was missed. Madonna has stopped reinventing herself, which was the cornerstone of her career from the 80s and 90s. Now she's simply regurgitating the past, to some success, but it is stale.

She said in concert she would never play her 80s songs again (aside from a few standards), but on her albums she has, just revamped versions. My husband and I love Madonna, have from day 1, but only purchased two songs off of "Confessions" (one was a total ABBA rip off - "Hung Up") and none off of her latest. She is sacrificing her musical side in order to keep up with the latest crop of singers. The cavorting around with Justin Timberlake in the "4 Minutes" video is just plain embarrassing.

Some of her work on "Ray of Light" alone shows the tremendous growth she's achieved since the days of a squeaky voiced "Everybody". It would do her well to play upon this maturity.
Heather

Cambridge, MA

#7 Oct 15, 2008
Brilliant article. I'm 25 and I personally don't like what Madonna is selling with her latest music. When I first heard her sing with Justin Timberlake I said to myself; her music genius has officially dried up. But, I'm sure that over time she will be able to offer a more sincere musical approach. I would respect her more for it.

Thanks for the article.
khosrow

Epe, Netherlands

#8 Oct 15, 2008
mfan wrote:
It is pure jealousy.....Who cares about her age.Being beautiful and sexy is not ONLY for the 20 /30 somethings in the world! Get over it already..........
I agree.
mee

Irving, TX

#9 Oct 15, 2008
To material girl:
Madonna hasn't spent her past reinventing herself, she has gone through life just as you and I have, adapting her artistic views to music. I don't see many other 50 year old women putting out hit albums lately.
STEWIE GRIFFIN

Sugar Grove, IL

#10 Oct 15, 2008
She (Madonna) is getting a divorce according to very recent news.

Wonder if she'll hook up with Dennis Rodman again. Or maybe with Rodriguez the baseball player?

And some liberals actually listen to her political comments. Scary.

She is trash.
Michael McCarthy

Celbridge, Ireland

#12 Oct 15, 2008
Haha wrote:
She's just a hooker that takes the name of the virgin mother in order to shock people. Her REAL name is Mary Ciccone, comes from Detroit, and LIP-SYNCS her shows. Other than that, all she's done is act like a sloot in order to get people to buy her well marketted tripe. REAL SINGERS DON'T LIP SYNC!!!!!
You idiot, her real name as listed on her birth certificate is Madonna Louise, she was named after her mother also called Madonna (Fortin)- her's is not a stage name but her actual name.
She most definitely comes from Detroit, is the biggest female star on the planet, the most successful female artist of all time or any time and the female star with the highest grossing tours in history for a female act.
Unlike you I speak in fact, not made up blundering lies.
Hail the Queen of Pop Madonna
Michael McCarthy

Celbridge, Ireland

#13 Oct 15, 2008
STEWIE GRIFFIN wrote:
She (Madonna) is getting a divorce according to very recent news.
Wonder if she'll hook up with Dennis Rodman again. Or maybe with Rodriguez the baseball player?
And some liberals actually listen to her political comments. Scary.
She is trash.
The Queen of Pop is far from trash, she is the most influential female figure in the music world and is a truly international star, is the biggest female star on the planet, the most successful female artist of all time or any time and the female star with the highest grossing tours in history for a female act.
Unlike you I speak in fact, not made up blundering lies.
Hail the Queen of Pop Madonna
booksdates

United States

#14 Oct 15, 2008
What guy in their right mind would be anywhere near this skank? Freddy DeMann (her manager) stayed/stays? around her for the cash. Who would listen to all of her whining b.s. without being paid? Sorry Freddy, she couldn't afford to pay me enough.
A Chicagoan

United States

#15 Oct 15, 2008
Joan appears bitter; perhaps feeling a little envy? What might YOU do to "act your age," Joan ... strike out at others?
betcha

Hollywood, FL

#16 Oct 15, 2008
Sounds like you're a bit envious of Madonna, Joan. Her 1/2 billlion dollar net worth, her rock hard body, her freedom to not have to depend on a man for her existence on this planet, and her unwillingness to apologize for not conforming to the paternalistic image of the middle-aged woman which you obviously have bought into hook, line, and sinker.

Lady, when you have as much going for you as Madonna does, then you will be qualified to throw stones in her direction. Until then, why don't you put down the doughnuts, buy a treadmill, and use it occasionally. Being fit, rich, and middle age is a great, liberating state for any woman. You should try it sometime.
Debbie

AOL

#17 Oct 15, 2008
I'm reading this article and the thought that pops into my head is that the writer things he or she is a therapist and an expert on aging. Its people like you who do not allow others to feel comfortable with themselves, your analyzing people and I feel that's very wrong. Madonna is an entertainer. Wether she's 20 or 60, that does not matter. Her concerts are selling out so is her age an issue here? No. Should age be an issue at all for any entertainer or any person at all? NO, but back to entertainers, as long as people want to see them, then that speaks for itself. We all will grow old. We should not be made to feel uncomfortable with ourselves as we do grow. You and everyone else who tries to make people feel bad because of their age are wrong and hurtful! Look at the more younger entertainers out there now. They are horrible. Most have no talent, yet here you are putting down icons who have really made an impact on the world. Maybe you need to rethink what you wrote and why you needed to focus on Madonnas age rather then her concerts or something that may interest us..
Victoria

Normal, IL

#18 Oct 15, 2008
Englishman wrote:
This newspaper article could only have been written by a woman! You can say what you like, Madonna is, and always will be, beautiful...stunningly beautiful for that matter. Not a very nice piece of journalism at all. But, like the old saying goes....
"A womans worst enemy...in another woman"
This is crap. I am a beautiful 50 year old woman, having even been told I look like Madonna. The notion, fed by men, that women have nothing better to do than compete with other women on a sexual level, is sexist and ignorant. Men like to think that their comparisons of women are so important that it makes us change our behavior. It is men, more than women, who seem to get all hot and irritated around more intelligent, successful or athletic men.

Madonna is beautiful, but she has the opportunity to project wisdom, intelligence and class and she instead chooses foolish and inane, cartoonish, tawdry and cheap. And her extremist political views are sophomoric and laughable.
Debbie

AOL

#19 Oct 15, 2008
In reply to Material Girls post, I never really focused on Madonna "reinventing" herself. What exactly does that even mean? That she dyes her hair or that her music changes with time?

I loved the music that she made when she 1st started out and I am extatic when she sings them now, so are most of her fans. I do agree with you that much of her music now is not as magical as her past songs. I used to love every song on her CD's where now it's only 1 or 2, on her recent CD I just like the songs "shes not me" and "4 minutes" and her concerts are getting too complicated, my favorite was her Blond Ambition tour. But this article was not about songs or talents, it was about age and it really comes across that the writer is bitter, she does not seem to like Madonna and really, I would rather hear more interesting things other then talk about age. The writer even bashed Mick Jaggers age. The man is still rocking! These people are doing concerts that sell out in hours. What the heck does age have to do with anything?
Material Girl wrote:
I think the point of this article was missed. Madonna has stopped reinventing herself, which was the cornerstone of her career from the 80s and 90s. Now she's simply regurgitating the past, to some success, but it is stale.
She said in concert she would never play her 80s songs again (aside from a few standards), but on her albums she has, just revamped versions. My husband and I love Madonna, have from day 1, but only purchased two songs off of "Confessions" (one was a total ABBA rip off - "Hung Up") and none off of her latest. She is sacrificing her musical side in order to keep up with the latest crop of singers. The cavorting around with Justin Timberlake in the "4 Minutes" video is just plain embarrassing.
Some of her work on "Ray of Light" alone shows the tremendous growth she's achieved since the days of a squeaky voiced "Everybody". It would do her well to play upon this maturity.
Ahzroc

Tomah, WI

#20 Oct 15, 2008
Honestly,
Both Madonna & Nicolette Sheridan are looking more & More like female impersonators.

and, does madonna actually PLAY the black Les Paul she prances around with , or is a more of a prop?

“Ola!!!!”

Since: Oct 08

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

#21 Oct 15, 2008
it was bound to happen sum time. Ill take on Guy Ritchie!!!
AROD

Springfield, IL

#22 Oct 15, 2008
Michael McCarthy wrote:
<quoted text>
The Queen of Pop is far from trash, she is the most influential female figure in the music world and is a truly international star, is the biggest female star on the planet, the most successful female artist of all time or any time and the female star with the highest grossing tours in history for a female act.
Unlike you I speak in fact, not made up blundering lies.
Hail the Queen of Pop Madonna
She obviously has your nuts in a vice! That's okay mine too!
khosrow

Epe, Netherlands

#23 Oct 15, 2008
The Voice, The Cultural Visionary, Queen Of the Universe Madonna:



http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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For those who have the capacity to understand appreciate a great voice/ great song, true cultural revolutionary/ visionary, these are some fantastic Madonna songs from 2003:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Reflecting on the past and taking the past into the future, MADJESTIC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Illusionary(song, sound and video avant-garde):
http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Mixing Pop and HipHop, The chemistry and street beat made this hot collaboration into the biggest multi million selling song by any artist in years: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Still very much in Vogue: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

The Voice. A quarter century later sounding this great. Still making hot music this track is pure Fantastic: http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Nobody will ever be Madonna . There is only 1 Madonna and she still rules them all.
Madonna = Queen of the universe. Bless her Madjesty.

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