"No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay."
She continued: "But my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they're not allowed to behave a certain way.
"But I don't follow the rules. I never did, and I'm not going to start."
Madonna fell off stage while performing new song Living For Love, which includes lyrics about falling down, such as: "I'm gonna carry on, lifted me up, and watched me stumble."
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