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NEW YORK (CAP) - In a provocative move that has stunned fans across the world, Madonna recently turned 53 years old. This latest publicity stunt has critics asking whether the pop icon, whose hit songs have topped the charts dozens of times during the last several decades, may have finally gone too far.
"We've come to expect the unexpected from Madonna throughout her lengthy and outrageous career," said Daniel Barnes, a music critic for Rolling Stone. "But her unprecedented decision to continue aging has really thrown many of us for a loop.
"Seriously, where is she going with this?" added Barnes as he shook his head.
Barnes noted that the most surprising part of Madonna's questionable strategy of growing older is her apparent belief that she has remained relevant and attractive despite the fact that women over the age of 35 are widely understood to be neither of those things.
"Unfortunately, it seems Madonna was under the mistaken impression that it is possible both to age and to remain a sexy, popular female celebrity," Barnes said sadly. "We're all used to her pushing boundaries, but she is just way over the top with this one. It's offensive, and it's upsetting people."
As if to underscore this issue, Madonna's most recent US tour has experienced drooping ticket sales and sagging, wrinkly concert attendance rates.
"I'm not sure there's an easy way for Madonna to regain her former status as a younger pop diva," said a source who assisted with production on a music video for the singer's most recent hit, Give Me All Your Luvin', which he said included "a ton soft-focus shots in dim lighting, I'm just saying."
Still, many supporters are indignant at any suggestion that Madonna's star is growing dim.
"Madonna is treated as though she's deliberately getting older out of spite," said devoted fan Cindy Hope, who claims to have enjoyed Madonna's performance during this year's Super Bowl half-time show. "So she's in her fifties! What is she supposed to do, slink away and disappear?"
"To be honest, it was Madonna's choice not to remain young and beautiful," said Nigel Thornton, a music producer who has launched several popular bands including The Pussycat Dolls and the red-hot group Sexy Teenagers With Minimal Talent.
"I just wish she'd stop playing it for sex appeal," Thornton added. "After all, at her age, shouldn't she just kind of gradually fade away?"
Madonna could not be reached for comment. Presumably she was either napping, doing a large-print crossword puzzle or unable to figure out how to answer her cell phone.
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