Wednesday 28 June 2017

Madonna unmade by motherhood

The singer's childish social media appeals won't help her win son Rocco back

Out of control: Madonna performing on stage in Montreal, Quebec, as part of her Rebel Heart tour, which has been dogged by lateness and bad behaviour. Photo: Rich Fury/ Invision / AP
Out of control: Madonna performing on stage in Montreal, Quebec, as part of her Rebel Heart tour, which has been dogged by lateness and bad behaviour. Photo: Rich Fury/ Invision / AP

Sarah Caden

Last Friday, Madonna posted a picture and a short message on Instagram. The message was: "Moving forward. . . Nowhere else to go." The picture, a selfie, was of the singer wearing a very sad face. Her mouth was downturned, her eyes were welling with tears. But just welling, not overspilling, not so much that they ruined her make-up and the sad face was a bit hammy, but then acting has never been Madonna's strong suit. In short, it was a bit embarrassing.

Embarrassing because she's a 57-year-old woman taking to Instagram to get to - get at? - her teenage son. Because it screams of trying to be down with the kids instead of backing off and being the grown-up and leaving kids' stuff to kids. And because, well, it's not very Madonna. Up to now, Madonna has done all sorts of things, but embarrassing herself hasn't been one of them.

Lately, though, things have shifted, and Friday's Instagram posting was only the latest in what could be called Madonna's social-media meltdown.

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