Sunday 25 February 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: We shouldn't be shocked at Madonna's flesh-flashing

Star has ignited a debate on ageism, all while wearing more clothes than most younger pop idols, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Magicians call it misdirection. It's the art of focussing the audience's attention on some small thing so that they don't notice another, much more important thing.

Madonna is a past master of the trick and, if her latest tour is anything to go by, hasn't lost any of her skill. Last week, it was the turn of Rome, where the pop superstar grabbed headlines by turning her back to the crowd, dropping her trousers, and flashing her thong-clad butt.

It's a pity it was a thong, possibly the closest fashion ever came to using tooth floss as an item of clothing; as Bridget Jones discovered, big pants are much sexier, being both cheekily unexpected and daringly counter-intuitive.

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