For starters, the 56-year-old Queen of Pop put the kibosh on any Lady Gaga feud rumors, insisting the only time she felt ill will toward her was when Gaga “blatantly ripped off” one of her songs (reminder: tons of critics pointed out that Gaga’s ARTPOP single “Born This Way” sounded eerily similar to Madge’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself.”).
"I don't think she wants my crown," Madonna said about Gaga. "We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I'm doing...The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs. It's got nothing to do with 'she's taking my crown' or 'she's in some space of mine.' She has her thing. I do think she's a very talented singer and songwriter. It was just that one issue. And everybody's obviously running with it and turned it into a huge feud, which I think is really boring, quite frankly. And you know what? I don't care anymore. Here's the thing: one day everyone's going to shut up about it. You'll see! I have a plan.”
Madonna brings up a totally valid point about the sexism in celebrity culture that perpetuates rumored (and often bogus) conflicts. We’ve seen it for years: Britney vs. Christina, Ariana vs. Mariah, Katy vs. Taylor…the list goes on. As recently as this week, we’ve even seen people try to pit Giuliana Rancic and Zendaya against each other, but as both women proved, they're perfectly capable of settling their grievances in a classy, respectful way.
And while we’re at it, Madonna would also like you to know that she is indeed a Swiftie, thankyouverymuch. No feud there, either. “She has an opinion, and she’s going against the norm. So in that respect, she is similar to me, yeah,” Madonna said about Taylor Swift. “And also, people just want to give her a hard time all the time because they think she’s a goody-two-shoes, so of course I want to embrace her.”
Along with squashing those rumors once and for all, Madonna also spoke about her personal battle with ageism, slamming comments made about older women as “degrading” and insisting that it’s a sorely overlooked form of discrimination.
"It's still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody and talk s—t. Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society,” she said.
"No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay," Madonna continued. "But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start.”
All in all, Madonna’s points are hitting Hollywood close to home, where feminism and women’s issues have been at the forefront of the media’s attention, especially after Patricia Arquette’s Oscars speech campaigning for equal pay and rights for women.
Clearly, Madge is more than game to her do part in making sure we’re all a little more respectful towards each other. And the next time anyone even tries to consider making fun of her for her age, just remind them that the woman has STILL. GOT. IT.