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Bonnie Fuller of Hollywood Life writes an article of support for Madonna:

Madonna — you’re absolutely right to stay and act as hot to trot as ever in your 50s. Who says that when a woman hits fifty she should shut off her sex appeal? Kiss Drake, show off your thighs, and ignore your age!

Madonna Sexy Coachella

Madonna, pay no attention to anyone who tells you to act your age! When they say that, what they’re really telling you is that you should stop being sexy because you’re 56. That’s ridiculous!

You’re a beautiful, brilliant, talented woman who’s in amazing shape. You can still dance your a** off and in fact, you can still dance circles around women and men half your age.

So why should you cover up, shut up and stop acting up, just because of old ideas about what women should be like over 50?

When you surprised Drake onstage with a kiss during your performance together at Coachella on April 12, the internet was abuzz and some commenters were aghast. This was partly because Drake himself was so surprised by your bold move, and his shock was misread as horror.

But Drake, 28, himself has set the record straight and Instagrammed on April 13: “Don’t misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 💯 about that forever. Thank you @madonna.”

I bet he does feel that way. Madonna is a groundbreaking legend and Drake gets that. She broke open so many doors for female and male popstars with her trendsetting, uninhibited style, behavior and hit records, that every musical star respects her and is in total awe of her.

Taylor Swift: Madonna’s #1 Fan

Just take it from Taylor Swift, who dueted with Madonna at the 2015 iHeart Radio Awards and who effusively Instagrammed, “I might be okay but I’m NOT FINE AT ALL. #MyFangirlLife #MadonnaAndTaylor,” after their performance together. Performing with Madonna was a dream come true for Taylor, just like kissing Madonna was for Drake, and getting to sit on the couch with Madonna at The Ellen Show was for Justin Bieber.

Madonna critics are most offended by her refusal to give up her sexy, racy behavior and outfits. They don’t get why she’s still wearing stockings that expose her thighs, and corsets that showcase her slim waist and shapely rear. They were horrified when she bared her butt, covered only by fishnet pantyhose, on the 2015 Grammy Awards red carpet.

Dissers don’t get that Madonna still feels like a rebel at heart. That’s why she named her new album, Rebel Heart. Just because she’s 56 doesn’t mean that she should stop pushing boundaries. Why should she?

Madonna works out hard to have those perfectly muscled legs and equally perfect behind — why should she cover them up, just because she’s a certain age according to a man made calendar?

Rita Ora Stands Up To Madonna’s Dissers On Instagram

Aren’t you so glad that Rita Ora took to her Instagram to support her heroine, Madonna?! The singer posted on April 13:

“Thank you for fighting all these ageist battles, and paving a way, that just maybe one day, all of us “Younger”Artists won’t have too in the future! @madonna #if*ckinlovethisbitch #thatswhatlegendsdo”

Rita is so right. The haters are ageist and they’re also sexist. Would they be telling off George Clooney or Brad Pitt for kissing younger women as part of their work? I don’t think so.

Women are held to another standard, and it needs to stop. Madonna has boldly called out her haters twice since critics blasted her for kissing Drake and just generally not acting her age: “If you don’t like me and still watch everything I do…bitch, you’re a fan,” she posted on April 13. Then, on April 14, she pointed out on Instagram: “When you are a threat, you are always a target.”

She gets that strong women are always a threat to those who believe in a traditional, conservative order. A strong, sexual woman who doesn’t “behave” is even more threatening to those who think mature women should cover up and stop acting up.

Well, hooray for Madonna for pushing those boundaries and refusing to be defined by 50!


* this article originally appeared on HollywoodLife.com