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In Her Old Age, Madonna Forgets To Not Be Horribly Racist

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Madonna isn’t exactly one to let anything stop her from expressing herself but she crossed a line when she called her son, Ritchie the N-word on Instagram.

On Friday she posted a photo on Instagram of her son during a boxing workout. Her caption read, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn—a”

Naturally the comments were flooded complaints and it began to cause an uproar before she deleted the post, only to re-upload the picture and revise the comment to “Ok, let me start this again #get off my d–k haters!” Not exactly what we were thinking, Madonna. She is now apologizing for her choice of words in a statement to E! News.

“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur…I am not a racist.”

Madonna, are you serious? How could you really think that you could get away with saying the N-word? I know you’ve forgotten some social norms but, in what world is this okay? You must know that this word is going to be offensive to some people.

“There’s no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention…It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white.  I appreciate that it’s a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me.”

Madonna, again, are you serious? Can I offer you some suggestions for other words of endearment that don’t have deep racist roots? Here’s five off the top of my head: Sweetie, Honey, Pumpkin, Tough guy, Pal, Darling, Son, Goose, Chicken (really any sort of bird), Sugar. Oh woops that list went over five BECAUSE IT IS LITERALLY SO EASY TO THINK OF OTHER WORDS!

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  • boywithbluehanger

    This screams, “Look at me!! I still have shock value!”.

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  • guest

    What really concerns me is that she is mother to a young black boy. If she is using this word with Rocco she is certainly using it with David and I wonder what the conversations are surrounding the history of, and the implications of using it today.

    • CorinneCaputo

      Yes great point!

    • MCR

      I used to have a neighbour who would sometimes talk about what she considered a proven hypothesis, that black people were genetically inferior in many categories, and that any statistically lower socioeconomic status or other problems among black Americans was the result of these innate flaws. She claimed to have learned this in college. The thing is, she also had a black son. She’d even talk about these things in his hearing. Having a child of another race seems like absolute proof of racial tolerance, but it isn’t necessarily.

    • http://www.greatestescapist.com/ Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com

      God, this is hideous & depressing.

  • Kelly

    It is the intent, not the word that matters.

    • MCR

      Can’t buy this. My horribly racist grandmother used to argue, when we objected to her use of the “N” word, that it was a harmless word because it literally meant “black” or “dark.” Obviously she was being disingenuous; the word has taken on meaning and connotations which you can’t simply ignore. Madonna has been around the block; she isn’t unaware of how much this word can and does hurt, and therefore her intent is also suspect. At best, she is thoughtless and indifferent to whom she offends.

    • Kelly

      If she didn’t intent it in a bad way than I don’t see how people can get up in harms. Words only have power when you give them power. Madonna was saying it in a light hearted way.

    • http://www.greatestescapist.com/ Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com

      The N-word is not a word white people get to use is a “light-hearted” way. If her intent was not to be racist, she should never have used a racial slur. Period, end of story. Words have definitions & societal implications & impacts; at the end of the day, when a privileged white woman use a word like this, intent matters not one bit. It’s never OK.

    • Kelly

      I just completely disagree. Words only have the power you give them. you can’t push your own moral rules on to other people, if the intention was innocent or light hearted, how can it be offensive? How can you give the word any power?

    • http://www.greatestescapist.com/ Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com

      This is unfortunately just not how words work. Linguistics, study them.

  • MCR

    It’s a nonsensical statement. “It was not meant as a racial slur”? It IS a racial slur, and OF COURSE it offends people. You might as well say the word “quickly” was not meant as an adverb. Either she’s out of touch with real life and what this reference means to most people, or she thinks her wealth and celebrity give her mystical power over the English language.

    • CorinneCaputo

      That’s exactly what I was thinking! There’s no way she didn’t think she’d offend anyone.

    • http://www.greatestescapist.com/ Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com

      “I said this really racist thing but meant it in a non-racist way, duh.” No.

  • Big Sean

    “Crossed a line?”

    You don’t get to decide that. I’m black and it doesn’t bother me one bit. YOU ARE A WHITE WOMAN WHO DOES NOT KNOW LIFE OUTSIDE OF HER WHITE PRIVILEGE and who contributes NOTHING to our culture. What have you done for our cause?
    How many African babies have you adopted?

    You don’t have the right to speak on our pain… ESPECIALLY in regards to Madonna. She has done more than you will EVER be capable of.

    I can also tell right off you’re nothing more than a typical insecure zero with an overinflated sense of self-worth. Which is HILARIOUS because… Well… Why doesn’t anyone love you? Really?

    “In her old age?”

    You don’t have any kids or a husband or even a love life, do you, toots? Where do you get off trying to lecture MADONNA? You’re not even loved by anybody.

    You’re making a big deal out of nothing like a typical drama obsessed woman because your life is tragically unfulfilling and attractive men do not like you because you’re an ugly cunt. Kill yourself.

    • RicardoMassiccio

      Nice job exemplifying love and tolerance.

      Dick.

    • CMJ

      Well, that escalated quickly.

    • CorinneCaputo

      For the record I have adopted seventeen African babies.

    • http://www.greatestescapist.com/ Kate @ GreatestEscapist.com

      I’m actually impressed by all the bizarre assumptions you seen to have made about an Internet author who you know nothing about. But ending with “Kill yourself”? Come on, man, surely you’ve proven yourself more creative than that.

  • seymour butz

    this is your brain { }
    this is your brain on botox {}