If you’re like me and grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, then you grew up with Madonna. Love her or hate her, you grew up with her.
I was in high school in the ’80s and I loved Madonna. I even wore fingerless lace gloves to the prom. (Shut up.) In college, I remember twirling around a dance floor to Madonna at a frat party–head up, eyes closed and arms out. Madonna was … awesome.
Fast forward a few decades and Madonna is 53 years old (I know! Who can believe?) and she has a new album–MDNA.
Since I had only seen and heard the embarrassingly Kylie-Minogue-like-popish “Give Me All Your Luvin'” that prompted this post, I went over and sampled the album. The only thing I can say is that I was just … uncomfortable. And not in an “Oooo! I can’t handle the naughtiness way.” No, more in the “embarrassed for your friend trying to dress young and pick up college guys” kind of way. The inclusion of songs like “Gang Bang” and “I F****d up” on it just seem forced, like she’s trying to be the cool mom letting the underage high schoolers drink at her house. Even the spelling on the album (like “Luvin'”) is something you would expect from a 20-year-old, not a mature woman in her 50s with an extremely successful career under her belt.
And really, Madonna? Aren’t we way beyond your “Hey! Look at me! I’m shocking!” stage?
Apparently not because according to The Nation, “the music video for the second single, ‘Girl Gone Wild’, has been slapped with an age restriction after YouTube deemed it too raunchy for under 18 year-olds.”
Even the title, “MDNA,” is immature, being a nod to the drug ecstasy (or, “MDMA”). (Although Madonna has said the title has a threefold meaning.)
One of the great things about being over 40 is that you’re at a place in your life where you’ve changed. You’ve learned and grown and evolved. You still make mistakes, just this time they’re a different level of mistake. At least for most of us.
I enjoyed Madonna’s phase when she was wearing less make-up and letting her long hair go natural and she was learning to play the guitar and getting kind of folksy. THAT seemed like evolving. This new thing just seems like she’s regressing … right into midlife crisis. It leaves me wondering if the music video of her surrounded by a groping high school football team is leaving her teen daughter stomping her foot and saying with an exasperated sigh, “Mooooom!”