Keira Knightley: Madonna controversy highlights double standards for women aging

Keira Knightley has shown her support for Madonna after the pop icon faced criticism for her appearance at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Many commentators claimed that Madonna looked unrecognisable, with some speculating about whether she had undergone cosmetic surgery. In response, Madonna described the criticism as evidence of ageism and misogyny, with the world punishing women who continue to be strong-willed, hard-working, and adventurous. Knightley praised Helen Mirren’s sensational ageing, saying that she looks like she is having so much fun and enjoying life. She also questioned how society is culturally meant to age when celebrities like Madonna are criticised for ageing, while others are criticised for not looking as good as they did 20 years ago. Madonna called for a celebration of artists’ fearlessness and urged people to focus on her speech rather than her appearance.

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