Madonna’s haters can’t stand the fact that she’s almost 60, breaking taboos about age, and still successful. They predicted her demise in the 1980s, then in the 1990s, and then again in the 2000s. It’s 2016, and Madonna is still performing to sold out crowds and even if her power at the box office isn’t what it was seven or eight years ago, she just passed the $100 million mark on her latest tour.
When the tour ends, you can bet that no matter what the statistics prove, there will be those clamoring to call it a failure, even when it will probably make more than U2’s recent tour. However, Madonna’s haters may be too busy bashing her for trying to win her son back.
It’s quite ironic that most of the critics of Madonna’s custody case seem to be other women. Grace Dent of the Independent says Madonna should just lay off the love bombing.
“But on the matter of Rocco Ritchie, the world has never seen Madonna Louise Ciccone appearing to behave so pettily. In the Rocco saga, Madonna looks quite simply like a mother who isn’t getting her own way despite deploying all her usual manipulations.”
While there may be some truth to this, if the sides were reversed, you can bet people (especially other women) would still find a way to make Madonna look like the enemy. They would say that she is a manipulative woman who manipulated her son away from his father and was so desperate that she even broke laws.
“Rocco Ritchie, the 15-year-old son of the pop diva and film director Guy Ritchie, says he wants to stay with his dad in London, not his mom in New York. But he must return from London — where he’s been visiting Ritchie — thanks to an order Wednesday from a Manhattan Supreme Court judge.”
The judge indicated that Rocco had a right to live with his father if he wants, but needed to talk it over with Madonna and file a custody change in New York first. Part of Madonna’s divorce agreement with Guy Ritchie, in which he earned up to $75 million from, was that she would have custody of the kids. Recently, the judge said that she wasn’t going to rescind the order, but that Rocco could stay in London until the case is settled.
Rocco has been having a party in London with an apparent lack of parental supervision. He has been caught smoking suspicious cigarettes and even breaking his arm. While this doesn’t make Rocco a bad person, it does make Madonna 100 percent right in her concern for his welfare.
To be sure, Madonna’s efforts to win Rocco back through social media are playing on deaf ears. It’s certainly not garnering her the sympathy she possible craves and the desired outcome of having her child return to her in New York. Rocco is going to be 16 in August. He’s not 10.
However, Madonna is certainly not a bad mother and shouldn’t be criticized, especially by other women, for caring about the welfare of her son. Losing the custody of your child is an awful thing and it’s a shame that many are taking joy in Madonna’s misfortune. What does that accomplish?
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