Rita Ora has taken a stand against the ageism that's plaguing Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' campaign, and it would seem that Madge is grateful for the support.
In unlikely alliances news, Rita Ora and Madonna have struck up an online friendship after Ora defended the Material Girl against the onslaught of criticism that she's received in recent months. Posting a risqué shot of M on her Instagram, Rita applauded the "Living for Love" star "for fighting all these ageist battles" so that 'younger' artists (her inverted commas, not mine) won't have to.
Not one to pass on a compliment, Madonna took to her own Instagram (because where else?) to thank Ora for having her back.
It's always nice to see artists supporting each other, especially given how much stick Madonna is taking right now, and Rita shows some real intelligence by acknowledging that Madge is still paving the way for less established artists.
That being said, Madonna is throwing herself somewhat of a pity party on Instagram at the moment, taking every opportunity to clap back at the haters who criticise her for daring to have a career into her mid-fifties.
It's a complicated situation. On one hand, there's no doubt that Madonna is receiving an unprecedented level of intolerance which is certainly a result of the ageism and sexism that still characterizes not only the music industry, but life and society in general. But on the other hand, there is a sense that she's not making her own life an easier. I'm not by any means suggesting that she should submit to the role of subservient old lady that people clearly want her to adopt, but moves like her make-out session with Drake on Sunday don't seem to be pushing the boundaries, they seem a little desperate to prove her youth and relevancy.
Either way, it's cool to see an artist like Rita Ora lending her support to the "Bitch I'm Madonna" hitmaker, especially since she's struggling so much to move copies of her latest album 'Rebel Heart' and to make a chart impact with new single, "Ghosttown".