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Crowd Roars as Madonna Flashes Nip in Istanbul Concert: VIDEO


Madonna decides to express herself, not repress herself.

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  1. Baby Jane-ish.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 11, 2012 8:35:06 AM

  2. Age-inappropriate. Sad. A bit desperate for attention, no?

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 11, 2012 8:35:59 AM

  3. 4 kids aged 6-15. . . .what a Mother!!??!!

    Mommie Dearest, Part 2

    Posted by: Christopher | Jun 11, 2012 8:38:15 AM

  4. How come I'm not surprised that the first comments are about her age?

    Posted by: Jude | Jun 11, 2012 8:38:49 AM

  5. Over 20 years ago, in the film Truth or Dare, one of her backup singers and dancers makes fun of her because she predicted - rightly - that she would be doing this into old age.

    Posted by: Larry | Jun 11, 2012 8:41:37 AM

  6. Reductive. (Look it up.)

    Posted by: dc | Jun 11, 2012 8:42:13 AM

  7. I have nothing against her, but seriously, who really wants to see that ol' mammary?

    Scary and sad and desperate. Can't she just go away and enjoy all the money now?

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 11, 2012 8:43:25 AM

  8. Sorry Jude, it just brought to my mind the scene where Bette Davis is singing her early stuff, walks closer to the mirror and light, and stops the song, covers her face and shrieks.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jun 11, 2012 8:46:51 AM

  9. Madonna, circa January 2012: "You don't have to show nipples to be interesting. It doesn't necessarily mean you're cutting edge if you do, right?" (She was speaking about Janet Jackson then.)

    Well, well.

    Posted by: stingo | Jun 11, 2012 8:49:11 AM

  10. But there is a double standard to this, isn't there? I could add "once again" but I won't because it's self-evident.

    Men can do whatever they wish at whatever age on stage and it's not desperate. It's not cringe-worthy. Nobody says they are seeking attention.

    Robbie Williams has shown his bare ass to his audience countless times. Is he seeking attention? Is he desperate for attention? Of course not. Nobody cares. Nobody writes about it in a negative way.

    But my God, when a woman does what men do... It's "eewwww". It's disgusting. Who wants to see that?

    And it's worse when it's a mother. Think of the children, for heaven's sake!

    I read a comment about this on another forum and I think it sums this up extremely well: "Societies have always tried to shame women for doing what men have always done. That's what's going on here although the incident itself isn't that serious."

    Posted by: Jude | Jun 11, 2012 8:53:58 AM

  11. A pathetic stunt to get news coverage that otherwise would not have happened. A sad demise is in progress.

    Posted by: pete | Jun 11, 2012 8:54:08 AM

  12. Pathetic.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 11, 2012 8:59:13 AM

  13. Before people bust her on this, consider the context. When she was younger the song was a sexual tease to repressive American culture hung up on sex and the human body. It would be strange if she were prancing around the stage in America trying to pass for a teenager. But in Istanbul, she is once again in a conservative puritanical country that does have issues with the female body and human sexuality. In context, this comes off as much more sexually aggressive than sexual teasing. Do you know how many angry conservative Muslims will scream about this? So I applaud her for this in context. Women her age are still sexual at 50+ and her performance comes off as confrontational - great stuff IMO.

    Posted by: screech | Jun 11, 2012 9:00:38 AM

  14. For all those who see this as no big deal and somehow fine and appropriate, consider Tina Turner.

    That amazing lady performed the world over until she semi-retired in 2000 (and keeps appearing once in a while). She never once stooped to showing nips or V and always kept it classy.

    You don't need to show nip to stay in the limelight, you just need to perform and entertain with class. This was wholly unnecessary and brings M down a few notches.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 11, 2012 9:12:19 AM

  15. Just Madonna being Madonna! Thats why we have always loved her and always will! : )

    Posted by: OutMaturity | Jun 11, 2012 9:13:00 AM

  16. I lived in Istanbul for a few years and speak Turkish fluently. Madonna was not as overexposed there as she was here. So for Turkish fans, it might still be interesting (read: titillating - no pun intended) to see her boob. Also, what she did is OK in Istanbul because is much more liberal than the interior and Eastern parts of Turkey. In those latter areas, no doubt a lot of people would have a problem with the sexually explicit display.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jun 11, 2012 9:16:45 AM

  17. Assuming Madge will be performing at age 70, will she still be subjecting her audience to her nasty, crabby-ass nipple?

    Oh well, you can take the girl out of Grand Rapids, MI but, you can't take Grand Rapids, MI out of the girl.

    Posted by: Christopher di Spirito | Jun 11, 2012 9:17:51 AM

  18. canuck perspective - what makes a female nipple being exposed more scandalous than a male one?

    the fact that it's on a female. that's it. it aint size, it aint shape. it's that it's on "a woman" - and they're supposed to cover it up. cuz men said so.

    so, really, while some are rolling their eyes, i think it's one more little poke (pun intended) at the weird culture we're living in. a culture that punishes the exposing of a female breast, yet champions violence.

    rethink normal.

    p.s. Madge, on your next album please revisit the acoustic guitar sounds you were getting into with Music and American Life. KTHANKS.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 11, 2012 9:28:13 AM

  19. Johnny, okay, I'm considering Tina Turner and yet I still think Madonna showing her nipple is fine.

    Besides, Tina herself admits that she always showed off her legs to please her audience. That's why she continued to wore those short skirts. And that's fine, too! Even for a 68-year-old woman who also happens to be a mother!

    I will never freak out by human bodies. There's nothing shocking or provocative about them. And I will never understand why people are freaked out by them.

    Posted by: Jude | Jun 11, 2012 9:30:35 AM

  20. More nudity. Less hangups. I am 25 and I think its great that Madonna is still flashing some skin. I don't understand why so many of you are so judgmental - her age, her home town etc. You call HER pathetic.

    Posted by: Pkhouris | Jun 11, 2012 9:31:24 AM

  21. Wow, Madonna has nipples. Big news.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 11, 2012 9:39:23 AM

  22. Agree with you LittleKiwi and Jude. IMO Tina has great legs and Janet and Madge have great boobs. Also, the Provincetown bear (the human one) pictured in an article just above this could be the same age as Madge. I find him more attractive (cos he's a guy) but objectively, Madge's are probably in better shape.

    Posted by: Pkhouris | Jun 11, 2012 9:41:00 AM

  23. At least she didn't get hit by a pole by a dancer in a display of being unprepared.

    It's a nip. Irrelevant.

    Posted by: truthiness | Jun 11, 2012 9:46:21 AM

  24. "Look at me, I'm still relevant, right? Seriously, please look at me!!"

    How sad has she become...

    Posted by: Zydrate | Jun 11, 2012 10:17:25 AM

  25. Sexism much? If a man her age was as muscular as she is and was shirtless on stage, none of you would have a problem with him.

    Posted by: alex | Jun 11, 2012 10:39:38 AM

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