Many people on social media had some less than complimentary things to say about the bold look and now, Madge has a response for those people. She has made a career for herself by not giving a you-know-what about what people think of her, but this time, she says it was about more than that.
In an Instagram posted Wednesday, the 57-year-old epically shut down critics of her look, citing ageism and sexism as the cause of the negative attention it received.
"We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world," she wrote. "When it comes to Women's rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is prof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I'm not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks. By being fearless and by taking the road leas [sic] traveled by. Thats how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your own prejudice. I'm not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me!! As Nina Simone once again, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain unapologetic and a rebel in this life and all the others. Join my fight for gender equality!"
It's a lot to take in, but the message is clear: If you have a problem with the way a woman dresses, regardless of her age, that's on you, haters. We can't help but wonder if the comments would be the same if, say, Rihanna showed up to the gala wearing that same outfit.
Here's to many more sexy, fearless and fashionable Madonna moments to come.