Madonna Says The World Is Threatened By Her Power And Intelligence

Society values youth above all else, it seems. That means that, especially when it comes to women, once you hit a certain age, you no longer matter. In fact, there’s a lot of outright hostility towards older women. Madonna, who’s 64 now, has been on the receiving end of plenty of ageist vitriol. However, she’s not going to be cowed by it. Madonna recently took to Twitter to insist she’s not the problem. It’s everyone else who’s threatened by her.

In a tweet posted February 7, Madonna shared a selfie in which she wears a black lace top and layered cross necklaces. She has her hair in pigtail braids with two braids coming down in the front and is looking on seriously. ”

“The world is threatened by my power and my stamina. My intelligence and my will to survive,” she wrote. “But they will never break me. This is all the test.”

The tweet comes just days after haters heavily criticized her appearance at the Grammys. Madonna was on hand to introduce Sam Smith and Kim Petras’ performance of “Unholy.” However, instead of being excited about the rare appearance, she became the target of vile abuse.

The nicest comments accused her of having too much plastic surgery and being desperate to stay young. Others called her irrelevant, told her to retire, and worse. Most people agreed that Madonna looked “unrecognizable” at the awards show, taking to Twitter to voice their “concerns” about the pop star’s appearance.

Madonna’s Twitter response is actually pretty badass

While many might think Madonna would be better off not responding to the haters at all, she couldn’t help but take to Twitter. She wanted her critics to know that in fact, what they’re saying is nothing new. She’s always been a trendsetter, and she’s always gone against the grain. If she was going to let people’s negative comments get to her, it would have happened a long time ago.

Because Madonna doesn’t care whether or not people approve of her, maybe everyone should let her get on with her life. She seems to be doing pretty well, after all.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill