Celebrity double standards: Are some aging stars cut more slack than others?

The q This music panel compares the media coverage of two new album releases: Madonna's Madame X and Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars.
Madonna's new album, Madame X, and Bruce Springsteen's new album, Western Stars. (Interscope Records, Columbia Records)

Every Friday, the q This panel looks at the biggest stories in music news. Today, CBC arts reporter Lisa Christiansen and freelance music journalist Stuart Berman join host Tom Power to compare the media coverage of two recent album releases: Madonna's Madame X and Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars.

Last week, the New York Times ran an exclusive profile on Madonna titled "Madonna at Sixty," which the pop star was more than unhappy with. Madonna wrote in an Instagram post that the profile focused too much on her age and wouldn't have been written if she were she a man.

So how does this coverage of Madonna's new album contrast to Springsteen's? The q This panel breaks down the double standard argument when it comes to two aging stars.

— Produced by ​Mitch Pollock

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