It All Started With Tom Cruise.

Published July 24, 2012 by Robyn
Tom Cruise at a press conference featuring the...

Tom Cruise at a press conference featuring the movie “Mission Impossible 1” at the Kempinski Hotel Atlantic in Hamburg/Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Madonna at her 'Confessions' Tour at Wembley A...

Madonna at her ‘Confessions’ Tour at Wembley Arena. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s with some trepidation that I write this, lest my little blog descends into being another little whingefest. HOWEVER, over the last few weeks this issue has been shoved in my face again & again. I’ve started to write about it a few times and then withdrawn, but I think the time has come to get it off my chest. I’ll let the fragments tell the story.

Yesterday I became so angry I wrote a couple of sentences and posted them on Facebook. It was an angry little lash out and I should’ve bitten my tongue (keyboard?), but the issue keeps coming up. This is what I wrote:

“The “Young”, not the meek shall inherit the earth. Problem is, there’s always gonna be some younger, brighter thing ready and only too happy to take your place – or put you in your place. An everchanging display of puffed up little peacocks strutting around in their fake finery and fake grown-uppery.
They too will know this one day.”

Hmmm, maybe a bit too much….anywayz.

The whole thing started building a few weeks back. I saw some footage on TV of Tom Cruise in Rock Of Ages. The commentators were excitedly saying things like “Is there nothing this man can’t do?” “Wonderful performance”, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea.

Flash forward a few days, again TV footage (maybe I should just avoid TV). Madonna is in trouble over her new video. This is what I wrote at the time- well a day or so later. Even then I was worried about tackling this:

“OK. So this has been buzzing round angrily for awhile now, and it’s starting to shit me so much I have to say something.

It came to a head the other night when I saw some footage of Madonna on a news-based comedy show. It was about the shock generated by placing a swastika on someone’s face in her new video. It has to be said, I am not a Madonna fan, so I didn’t take too much notice of it at first. THEN I noticed that the focus of the piece had moved from “shock over the swastika” to how vomit-inducing (mimed by finger-down-the-throat) it was to see Madonna flashing a tittie and otherwise bumping and grinding. The presenter’s comments revolved around “She’s a 53 year old woman!” and how disgusting that was.

I guess the reason that this issue has floored me a bit is that I am around Madonna’s age and have recently been subjected to some of the same things for the same reason. eg Someone excitedly deciding I’m perfect for their new “project” until they find out my age. Then you get to see quite a bit of embarrassed backtracking.

I’m here. I’m not going to spontaneously combust in a crackle of dried up, scrawny limbs, even if some of you wish that myself and others like me would.


How come when you hear about Tom Cruise et al they are always great-“he’s still got it!”

Yet society has decided somehow that woman of that ilk should be home knitting and baking and being a little old lady, cos anything else would be inappropriate, shocking and selfish.

This hurts.


V ❤



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