Madonna’s appearance at the SuperBowl provoked a slew of commentaries that appear to fall into roughly three lines of argument:
– who knew she was still alive?
– amazing she can walk unaided
– how come they let a wrinkly of 53 loose on a pulic channel at prime time – actually in front of the children?
The diva appeared, needless to say, with a troupe of Roman gladiators and a new release to promote. The voice, to be frank, is no longer the piercing instrument of yore and some of her moves were prudently slowed down. Nevertheless, the force of her personality was not to be denied, as the video (just launched on youtube) forcibly attests.
So why the onslaught of ageism? Because the freedoms of the internet encourage a dangerous conformity, a sclerosis of public opinion. The entitlement of youth and the marginalisation of maturity have become all the more prevalent as establishment media crumble and personal media prevail. Madonna, in this perspective, becomes a heroine of resistance, a fighter for age diversity. Who’d have thought?
Here’s a trenchant blog reflection, well worth reading, from the Canadian broadcaster Catherine Kustanczy.