When Madonna performed the Super Bowl Half Time Show, I was the only person at the party who really cared to watch. I listened to my friends (mostly the guys,) make their jokes about her age and obsolescence and other more crude remarks. I laughed it off, but really, the comments bothered me. A lot. I don't think that I was objective about her performance because in my mind, I was seething. Every crack about hip bones or hormone replacement therapy triggered a reactionary defense that was less about her songs or dancing, and more about expectations for women to be sexpots in their 20s and 30s before turning into proper, matronly, or even grandmotherly ladies. This really pisses me off. Madonna is aging. She's 53. It's inevitable and it's allowed. So, why isn't it expected? If an older woman has work done, she is criticized for it. If she doesn't, she is criticized for looking her age. Madonna has probably had some work done, but she has also, quite obviously, worked very hard to maintain her body. Also, 53 isn't that old. Madonna still has sex, and if your 50+ mother has a partner, chances are, she still does, too. Get over it. As long as you're in good health, you're still going to want to knock some boots in your 50's and beyond.
Now, having fiercely defended Madonna, I'm terribly disappointed with this new single. In case the YouTube Gods remove this video, just read the chorus from "Girl Gone Wild." (ugh.)
It's got me singing Hey-ey-ey, like a girl gone wild. Hey-ey-ey, like a girl gone wild
Girls they just wanna have some fun, Get fired up like a smoking gun. On the floor til the daylight comes. Girls they just wanna have some fun.When someone used the word "desperate" to describe Madonna's sexual presence, I was livid. But, when Madonna sings lyrics like these,... sigh, I reluctantly agree.
I couldn't identify a Ke$ha song to save my life, but this seems to be the kind of garbage that she would be singing. Madonna, I think you're smarter and better than this. When Ray of Light came out in 1998, Madonna turned 40, became a mother for the first time, explored her spirituality, and gave the world songs about regret and heartache, (Drowned World- Substitute For Love,) perseverance, (Swim), motherhood, (Nothing Really Matters,) and other songs that adults can relate to without venturing into the world of adult contemporary music. Even songs from the sexually-charged albums Erotica and Bedtime Stories make more sense for modern-day Madonna to sing. One example would be Forbidden Love. I can see a 53 year old having an illicit affair. I cannot imagine a 53 year old or a 33 year old acting like a "girl gone wild" like those gross videos of exploited, drunken college girls on spring break.
Is she trying to attract a younger (dumber, sluttier) audience? The thing is, I don't know a single 19 year old who gives a crap about Madonna, but most women that I know who grew up listening to her, are still loyally defending her the way I did at my Super Bowl party. Listen up, Madge. Women do not relate to Girls Gone Wild. I think you're still smoking hot and have so much more to offer to the world of music. You showed my generation of women that you can be powerful, smart, sexual, and successful. I know you're capable of providing songs with depth and meaning without losing your sexual allure.