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Madonna made headlines a couple of days ago when she posted a batch of sexy photos to her Instagram. Posing in bed in a pair of fishnet stockings, in some of the photos, her breasts and a nipple were visible.
Many of her fans praised the images. However, others took the opportunity to remind her of her age (63).
Broadcaster Piers Morgan was among those to call her out over the pics. He retweeted one of the images, in which she clearly shows her backside through her stockings while appearing to search for something beneath her bed. Morgan captioned it, “Rock bottom.”
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We’re all used to Madonna flashing some flesh (she’s been doing it since her Sex book 30 years ago), and refusing to conform to sexist notions of age-appropriate behavior, but that apparently doesn’t earn her a pass with Instagram.
The social media platform removed the posting, pointing to the explicitness of some of the imagery as its reason.
Madonna was furious. She reposted the images yesterday, with her nipples covered. Swipe the Instagram embed at the top of the page to see all the pics.
“I’m reposting photographs Instagram took down without warning or notification….. The reason they gave my management that does not handle my account was that a small portion of my nipple was exposed,” she said.
“It is still astounding to me that we live in a culture that allows every inch of a woman’s body to be shown except a nipple. As if that is the only part of a woman’s anatomy that could be sexualized. The nipple that nourishes the baby! Can’t a man’s nipple be experienced as erotic ??!!
[Editor’s note – it definitely can]
“And what about a woman’s ass which is never censored anywhere,” Madonna continued. “Giving thanks that I have managed to maintain my sanity through four decades of censorship…… sexism……ageism and misogyny.
She then went on to say point out how the censorship coincided with Thanksgiving.
“Perfectly timed with the lies we have been raised to believe about the pilgrims peacefully breaking bread with the Native American Indians when they landed on Plymouth Rock! God bless America 🇺🇸 ♥️❌ #artistsareheretodisturbthepeace”
Again, many of her fans praised her for speaking out on the double standard by which men’s nipples are regarded as OK to show, but women’s nipples are not. Others implored her to age with dignity, saying the photos were not artistic but tacky.
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According to Instagram’s guidelines, it does not “allow nudity. This includes photos, videos and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos in the context of breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK too.”
At the time of writing, Madonna’s reposted photos have had 800k likes – considerably more than any of her other recent postings.
Censorship is not the same as violating TOS you agree to. Sounds like a planned distraction from making her employees work for free for dubious ‘art’.
She got caught forcing employees to work for free, so violated their policy to get some attention.
So she claims to be fighting ageism but has literally rendered her face unrecognizable in attempt to look 30 again? Yeah, right.
that sound you hear is me clapping
I’m the same age as Madge and I’m definitely not over but she is for sure. She’s just pissed off that Lady Gaga has made her completely irrelevant and desperate. Lady has everything Madge never had and she’s on her way to being one of the greats.
Man About Town
I doubt if she gives a moment’s thought to Lady Gaga and I doubt if she ever thinks of herself as irrelevant and desperate; she has no reason to do either.
Could not agree with you more. And whomever thinks that Madonna doesn’t give a moment’s thought to Lady Gaga, find the unreleased track “Two Steps Behind Me” from the Rebel Heart sessions. It is 175% all about Lady Gaga. It’s the most petty, pathetic thing I’ve ever heard. I used to love Madonna, but instead of graciously living her life, she’s become a desperate cartoon. Taylor Swift is the Queen of Pop (10 consecutive #1 albums and 3 best album Grammy’s don’t lie) and Lady Gaga is the artist (the voice, the dance, the ACTING and the humility) that Madonna never had the talent to be.
@ManAboutTown – you can trust that Madonna keeps a watchful eye on all of her competition. She didn’t stay at the top for several decades by not keeping a close watch on the competition. Even though her career is basically over, she still thinks she’s in the game.
Can people stop trying to compare Lady Gaga to Madonna? Lady Gaga had one really good album, apparently one which was co-written by someone else. As soon as she dropped him so did the good music. Her 2nd album was a bore and the other stuff was even more of a bore that I can’t even tell you what it was. Yes, Madonna needs to sit down already and age gracefully but she ruled the world album after album after album.
“800k likes” is not necessarily a good thing. lots of people rubberneck.
Madonna. What happened to you? You were a trailblazer and nobody can take that away from you. But instead of building on that, you’ve become a cartoon. WHAT do these photos do for you, your children or your career? You’ve never been nice to other women in the music industry. It’s hard to be nice about you these days.
she is reliving her “justify my love” days….. but a bit too late.
Looks more like a picture collection of desperation. Especially the ass picture from under the bed.
when did she have the “Kardashian” face treatment done???
in these Instagram posts with nip slips and fishnets, it’s noting but sex being sold. guess she’s given up on making the kind of music we used to know her for. her evolution has become uninventive at this point… unfortunately expected.
Absolutely love this woman. Disturbing your imaginary peace for over 35 years. This headline has been trending all over the world. She’s a universal treasure. Girls, criticizing a self made woman because she has a different belief system than you says more about you than it does her. May she never loose her passion.
I agree with you!
Hmm, ya’ll sound like you grew up with her music. If she is 30 and doing the same picture shoot, will any bitter old trolls saying things like ya’ll do?! I’m glad she still can makes your skin crawl and doesn’t give a sh**. Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, they are great but they don’t have Madonna’s spectacular career and performances. Look in the mirror before speak your mind haters.
The desperation of this poor old plastik thing is beyond sad. I’ve been around forever, longer than she has, so I say this from experience: she has never been a friend to gays; she has only used us to her own ends. She claims she mourns her friends lost to AIDS, but in reality she misses all the opportunities and ego-stroking they provided her. It is Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor who were the real friends, supporters, activists and fighters.
Playing the Devil’s advocate, could this not be a publicity stunt between her and Instagram ? JFFT
It certainly could have but which one do you think needs the publicity? Seems both are fairly well known.
When she was younger and actually making music, she could get away with being vapid. At least the songs were catchy. Not only is the music bad now, she looks like a Kardashian grandmother desperate to get laid.
As smart and shrewd as Madonna used to be, I never imagined she would become what she is today – a directionless relic who is doing the same schtick she did 40+ years ago for attention. But it stopped being shocking about 30 years ago. Her music has been awful for the past 10-12 years. She now just lives for any scrap of attention she can get, without actually doing anything notable. Those pictures are not shocking or artistic or interesting. They just scream of sad desperation. I don’t fee bad for her because she has always treated people, especially her fans, like dirt and has no appreciation for others, unless they kiss her (fake) ass.
@ScottOnEarth ….also agreeing – well said. Ultimately very sad. Guy Ritchie reportedly called her “it,” at their end. He’s right.
B*tch is CRACKED! She looks like Edith Massey from John Waters’ Female Trouble.
Here is a timeless wisdom. Know when to leave gracefully. Whatever she did before will be overlooked as she continues her Norma Desmond delusions. Yeah. She used to be big -it is the music that got small. Has anyone checked her pool for a floater lately
It is a shame she can’t just grow older gracefully. The work she has done on her face etc. just looks foolish. I wish she would just stop trying for shock value and put out some decent music.
Comments, comments, comments. There are so many hypocrites on here that have no clue what Madonna has done fabulously all these years. The same people on here that put her down would go crazy if she released a brand new album and it went to number one. Then they would all praise her. These are the same nut jobs that constantly put her down. We are all going to get old. Get over it! I have been over it for years. I enjoy a true artist that knows how to push peoples buttons. I guess she is still doing it because you are all getting stressed out over it. Get a drink!
Why does her butt look so weird has she had implants? It never used to look so round and out of proportion.
Those pics are 99% filters and editing, and 1% Madonna.
It looks like she had a major Brazilian butt-lift. If you saw her on the MTV Music Awards, her butt looked semi-deformed and clearly enhanced. She no longer sets trends but now chases them, in her attempts to feel youthful and relevant.
I don’t see how this is gay news, but if Queerty feels that it must cover Madonna, why not cover actual news? For example, what ever happened with her grand plans from years ago to build multiple schools in Malawi? That’s more important than her Insta photos being yanked.
Sweetie, ANY time there is an article about ANYBODY who could be perceived to be any kind of Queery icon you come in under your various screenames to cry that this isn’t “Gay News”.
Your trolling is sad and weak.
And our resident whiner is back to let us know there isn’t anything he can’t get his boy panties in a twist about.
It’s funny that in another thread Hanky was throwing a tantrum because he is gay and not Queer. He was hysterical at the thought of someone calling him Queer. And now, in a different thread, he want’s to know why Queerty this is gay news… errr….. Does he lack the reading comprehension to figure out the site has Queer in the title? If distinction between gay and queer is super important than why does he thing a Queer site is publishing gay news? Wouldn’t it be Queer news? And why would a gay man come to a Queer news site? It is amazing how dumb he really is.
Madonna is an icon. Do you really think she gives two hoots to what haters think of her. Love ya Maddona!! Lol
Increasingly, I think boomers are rightly criticized for not knowing when it is time to make room for up and coming generations. No doubt some people are such Madonna fans that they “like” risqué pictures from a 63-year old.
I tend to agree that she’s created a publicity stunt to distract from the “she doesn’t pay her employees” embarrassing news that emerged recently.
Absolute nipples corrupt absolutely!
Absolute nipples corrupt absolutely.
Madonna may not give two hootts what peple say but I’m sure she will always regret bombing with her movies.
I quite like the cherub above her bed but to me her bed frame looks tacky, a bit cheap and so does her bedside table. Her sheets look OK, quite expensive I expect but surely she could afford better decor with all her wealth. She doesn’t look bad for 63. That must be where all the money has gone.
Even without hit singles, she continues to put out albums that make #1 or at least top ten. And she almost always reaches #1 on the dance charts. Let’s face it, many artists would not be where they are now if Madonna had not paved the way.
Elton John implored her to move on from dance and electronica to ballads and theatrical, but she has been resistant. John knows those are a young person’s genre, and that careers (including his own) can be extended if a successful recording artist transition to a more adult contemporary vibe.
Much of Madonna’s perceived career failures over the past decade can be directly traced to her decision to leave Warner Brothers after a successful 28 years with the music company. She decided to partner with Interscope and LiveNation. While the deal earned her great monetary rewards, with sell-out concerts worldwide, her lack of radio airplay can be directly attributed to her not being backed by a major music label. Madonna has recently re-signed with Warner, and sold them her catalog, in a move to bolster her career and return her to the radio (and streaming) dial. Look for more consumer-friendly songs with the necessary earworms that airplay demands over the next year.