In 2008 a journalist from Vanity Fair said the thought of sex with a then-50-year-old Madonna “seems like a fetish” - presumably because she was then already “old”. Yet there she was at 2012 Super Bowl half time with pom poms, gladiator outfits, military drummers, a gospel choir and loads of cameos from other stars singing about being a “different kind of girl” in her new song.


The general consensus was she knocked the half-time show right out of the park. Who said it’s inappropriate for a 53-year-old woman to dress like a gothic cheerleader? Maybe 50 is the new 25.

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    • Robert McCormick says:

      01:39pm | 06/02/12

      Typical ageist garbage from a tacky fashion rag.Does anyone actually buy it?
      Who cares what anyone from Vanity Fair says anyway?
      I’ve had some of the best sex of my life with those in their 50s!
      No fear of pregnancy (OK, purist, I know we should have used a condom)
      A lot of relaxed fun
      leave mad Madonna alone. She has always been a bit over the top & if she stopped being so she would be crucified by the trashy, gutter press!

    • Jeremy says:

      01:31pm | 07/02/12

      Vanity Fair is an immensely popular magazine by sales, so I guess a lot of people buy it, and they all probably care somewhat about what it has too say…

      Disc: I neither buy nor endorse the Vanity Fair, but questioning its popularity seems inept.

    • Fiddler says:

      01:48pm | 06/02/12

      Well yes and no. Depends if the person has aged well (as she has) and takes care of themselves. Most people are totally asexual by that age to the rest of society (I’m 31 and can say this stuff)

    • Tony of Poorakistan says:

      01:55pm | 06/02/12

      There’s a few 53 year olds I’d have, but someone who has had more pricks than a second-hand dartboard would not be included, regardless of how hot she looked on stage.

    • Helen says:

      01:18pm | 08/02/12

      Ah the good old Punch, misogynist as ever. I’m sure you don’t think the same standards should apply to ageing male stars like Jagger and Richards.

    • Chris L says:

      02:00pm | 06/02/12

      Gina Davis is 56 this year and our one sided love affair is as strong now as when I first saw her in The Fly!!!

    • Nathan Explosion says:

      03:29pm | 06/02/12

      Oh man, her in those vintage outfits in the only reason to watch a League of their Own.

      And the blonde spy in Long Kiss Goodnight! Rawr.

    • Bev says:

      02:19pm | 06/02/12

      Some people have “presence” and ooze sexuality and energy.  Maddona has as has Helen Miriam.  To see Sean Connery in the flesh and catch the twinkle in his eyes makes almost any woman go weak at knees (believe me).  Age has little to do with it.

    • onlooker says:

      02:32pm | 06/02/12

      Myself at 53 would have sent everyone screaming in horror but Madonna..maybe.. She has always been wild, depends on the person and if you can get away with it..also plastic surgery helps

    • Marc says:

      02:59pm | 06/02/12

      wow, just wow.  what a fantastic performance.  I’m not her greatest fan, but she deserves the credit I hopes she gets from that show.

    • Gregg says:

      03:02pm | 06/02/12

      I’m not too sure how old Cher was when she was astraddle a gun barrel on a warship, mock up anyway at the Melbourne Tennis Centre but she still looked the goods then.
      Madonna might spend a lot of time in the gym looking after herself to have little time to be interested in too many others but she can certainly still put on an act and one far better than most of the trashy stuff that has come along for a few decades, too many of them hitting the booze and/or drugs.
      All the best to her I say but as for 50 being the new 25 Tory, that’s just a bit too cougarish or lets say beyond it for most I suspect but if a woman wants to look after herself then there’s no reason why she could still not be attractive at 50+

    • Kirsty says:

      03:19pm | 06/02/12

      I think Madonna gets shown up in this vid.  She sort of just shimmy’s around, spreading her legs and lip synching for the majority.  When compared to the amazingly acrobatic male dancers towards the start and Cee-lo’s voice it just seems really forced and stripperish.  It was still entertaining and great to see such a large scale production for the half time show.

    • Kassandra says:

      03:32pm | 06/02/12

      Ageist nonsense. So Madonna still has it, good on her. She’s an entertainer, what’s her age got to do with anything? Some people look better than others as they get older, same as they do when they are younger. Some have more time and money than others to spend on their appearance and some have more artificial enhancements than others. And some don’t need anything artificial - I remember Brigitte Bardot doing a Playboy centrefold at 45 - made most Playboy bunnies half her age look very average. Endless examples of this in men as well as women.

    • Vicki PS says:

      03:47pm | 06/02/12

      I thought Madonna looked bloody silly, particularly with some of her more acrobatic moves that didn’t quite come off because she was too stiff and had no bounce.  However it’s not so much her age: I’ve always thought that most of Madonna’s shows and video clips were silly.  Much styling, very little substance.

    • Loxy says:

      04:01pm | 06/02/12

      I think Madonna’s a legend and you have to respect someone who can last so long in the music industry. However, I must confess that for some time now I’ve thought of her more and more as mutton dressed as lamb. It’s one thing to be an attractive lady over 50, but to dress like a provocative 20 year old when your 53 is another thing altogether.

    • Fred says:

      04:07pm | 06/02/12

      Yeah right. She’s covered up almost entirely with the makeup troweled on. Can’t say I’ve seen any 50 year olds that still have it in the full sense of the word. I watched a bit of the movie “Dressed to Kill” yesterday and Angie Dickinson who was 49 at the time looked a bit of alright, but at 50 women can’t escape the sense of hardness and skankiness that a person gets about how they look, which is bad for women. They can stretch is out to the mid 40s if they’re lucky and rich but at 50? Naaah.

    • Tim says:

      04:31pm | 06/02/12

      I threw up in my mouth watching Madonna at the Superbowl today.
      Act your age woman, you’re not 20 and you sure as hell don’t look it anymore.
      *shivers*

    • amy says:

      05:03pm | 06/02/12

      theres a difference between being “attractive” when your that age..and being mutton dressed as lamb

    • Idull says:

      05:10pm | 06/02/12

      She is a celebration of mediocrity,all singing all dancing icon for the dull and challenged with the sexual appeal of a wet lettuce

    • cheap white trash says:

      05:31pm | 06/02/12

      What is it with 50 something women who still want to be a teenager,sorry but madonna is past it,just like the Rolling Stones,they are more like the Rolling Granpas,where is Lady Gaga the new and improved madonna,now she is a show…....
      Ps i over 50 folks…...

    • Trevor says:

      07:17pm | 06/02/12

      Act your age woman, not your bedpost-notch-number…

      Oh wait.

      Disregard.

    • SAA says:

      07:03am | 07/02/12

      More like the Immaterial Girl now…..........

    • S says:

      04:29pm | 07/02/12

      Just putting it out there Nicki Minaj & MIA were the best parts of that performance. - Props to Madonna though - unaided squats at 53…. Can’t even do that at 23!

    • P. Thornton says:

      05:11am | 08/02/12

      Love reading about envy especially when it’s written by the slothful.
      Madge isn’t a bad sort. Some fool upthread rolled out that old chestnut ‘mutton dressed as lamb.’ So what? Mutton dressed as mutton is somehow more worthy? She’s still having a go and prepared to cop the slings and arrows for doing so. And, ‘act your age’ ? What does that mean exactly? Take a look at some of our politicians: maturity? Hardly…

 

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