Madonna surprised fans with a New Year’s Eve performance in New York, but all people could talk about was her butt.
At the special performance, Madonna sang two of her classic hits for fans. The concert was more than just a fun, lighthearted throwback, however. It took place at Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 riot that kick-started the LGBTQ rights movement. The legendary pop star is a longtime supporter of gay rights, and she took this opportunity to share a loving message about equality.
According to fans, though, her butt also looked a lot bigger than usual at the show — like maybe she got butt implants.
And that is pretty much all anyone cares about, apparently!
Madonna responded to the butt implant allegations with a straightforward and wholly unapologetic Instagram post on January 3.
“Desperately Seeking No One’s Approval 😂. And Entitled to Free Agency Over My Body Like Everyone Else!!” she wrote. Her caption included a reference to her 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan.
At 60 years old, Madonna is no stranger to controversy. In fact, she practically built her career on it.
The singer continues to not shy away from behavior that will make people talk, sometimes negatively.
Some of that criticism is definitely reasonable, like the pushback against Madonna’s bizarre tribute speech for Aretha Franklin or her history of problematic cultural appropriation.
And some of it is just the same old body-shaming criticism that every woman gets if she dares to stand in front of a camera.
Thus the 2019 Madonna Butt Implant debacle.
On New Year’s Eve, Madonna popped up at Stonewall Inn in New York City for a surprise concert.
She sang two songs for fans, including an acoustic version of “Like a Prayer.”
Her son, David Banda, accompanied her on guitar.
Stonewall Inn is a national historic landmark because of its role in the gay rights movement. It’s the site of the 1969 riot that began the modern LGBTQ rights movement as we know it.
Accordingly, Madonna set some time aside to make a speech about love and equality.
“If we truly take the time to get to know one another, we would find that we all bleed the same color, and we all need to love and be loved,” she said, among other things.
The singer has long been a vocal supporter of gay rights. She was recently named Stonewall’s ambassador for its 50th anniversary celebrations, and she has a long and complicated relationship with the gay community. Her song “Vogue” was, after all, directly inspired by the very long, very gay tradition of “voguing.”
But people weren’t talking about all that. Nope, they were fully distracted by her butt, which apparently looked quite a bit larger at the show.
Maybe you had to be there.
People on Twitter and Instagram wondered if the singer had, in fact, gotten butt implants.
On the one hand, it’s not impossible. Big butts are very much in fashion right now. Ask any celebrity (ahem, Kim Kardashian).
On the other hand, Madonna is 60 and probably doesn’t care about what’s been in fashion for the past five years. She was a trendsetter for an entire generation.
On the other other hand, WHO CARES? Madonna sure doesn’t think it’s any of your business whether she got butt implants or not.
Shortly into the new year, she shared an Instagram post that appeared to address the controversy. She wrote in the caption:
“Desperately Seeking No Ones Approval 😂. And Entitled to Free Agency Over My Body Like Everyone Else!! Thank you 2019 🎉🎉🎉! It’s Going to Be an amazing Year!! 🔥🔥🔥! #2019 #freedom #respect #nofear #nodiscrimination.”
Shortly after that response, she posted her version of the 10-year challenge that’s currently taking over Instagram and Facebook.
Madonna has never and will never care what anyone thinks about her — or her butt.
Still, it’s amazing to see the same small-minded criticisms play out over and over and over again. When will it get old?