A Reporter Asks Madonna A Question Everyone Else Was Afraid To. She Gives A Kick-Ass Reply.

You've got to love this "Vogue"-era throwback interview of Madonna doing what she does best ... speaking the truth. In fact, I don't remember hearing the word "ageism" much at all back then. Once again, she's helped pave the way towards equality.

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Jonathan Ross: Do you think perhaps that you will be someone who would challenge this kind of taboo like women losing their sexuality or not being seen as sexual animals as much when they get past their40 or...

Madonna: Yes, I mean I think that not only do we suffer from racism and sexism and things like that, we also suffer from ages. And that is once you reach a certain age, you're not allowed to be adventurous, you're not allowed to be sexual. And I think that's rather hideous. And I mean lot of people have said, "Oh, it's so pathetic" or, "What is she going to... I hope she's not still doing that in 10 years." I mean, who cares? What if I am? I mean, is there a rule? Everybody's supposed to just die when you're 40? I mean... And that's basically what everyone wants people to do and I think it's stupid. You're just supposed to put yourself out to pasture? It's...

Ross: Put yourself back in the closet.

Madonna: Exactly. I mean, why? Life is long. People have living to be 100 years old, so I don't get it.

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