Following the 65th Grammy Awards, the ‘Material Girl’ singer shared a cryptic message on Twitter shortly after she lashed out at those who were asking, “what the hell happened to Madonna’s face?”
She wrote, “My strength and endurance pose a threat to the world.” My ability to survive and intelligence will never break me.
“All of this is the test.”
It has been hypothesized that her enigmatic tweet is a continuation of her post-Grammys clapback, in which she called those who commented on her appearance “ageist” and “misogynistic.”
The pop icon from the 1980s was quickly urged to tone it down by social media commenters, who quickly doubled down.
An individual wrote: You’re frightening us, lady.”
A second made the wise comment, ” You’re becoming Michael Jackson, girl. Stop.”
In contrast, a third added, It has nothing to do with ageism or misogyny from others. It’s about internalizing those ideas within yourself by deforming yourself in order to meet youth’s impossible standards.”
Madonna seems to be doing her own thing, despite the comments on social media.
She posted a video to Instagram after the Grammys that showed her hanging out with some of the biggest names of the night.
She used the caption to address her detractors, even though she appeared to be having an amazing time.
“Many people chose to only talk about close-up photos of me taken with a long lens camera by a press photographer that would distort anyone’s face,” she wrote on Instagram. “Instead of focusing on what I said in my speech which was about giving thanks for the fearlessness of artists like Sam and Kim,” she said.
“Again, I am caught in the glare of ageism and misogyny that permeate our world.
“A world that feels the need to punish women over 45 if they continue to be strong-willed, hardworking, and adventurous. It also refuses to celebrate women over 45.
“I have never apologized for any of the creative choices I have made, nor for the way I look or dress, and I’m not going to start,” she said. “I understand that this is all a test, and I am happy to do the trailblazing so that all of the women behind me can have an easier time in the years to come.”
She continued, Beyonce said, in her own words, I won’t be broken by you.