Madonna, Queen of Pop, may soon be known as the Queen of racial epithets after using a hashtag on instagram where she referred to her son as the N-word. See for yourself below:
Caption: “No one messes with Dirty Soap. Mama said knock you out! #disnigga”
Is it okay for Madonna to use the N-word since many African Americans refer to each other as just that, or did the material girl go too far?
I think this is a case of when getting too comfortable goes wrong. Even though many African Americans have turned the N-Word into a term of endearment, it is still a historically offensive word, rooted deeply in racism and hate, ultimately.
Madonna does not get a pass because she rolled around on a dirty stage in a wedding dress or because “Express Yourself” is your favorite song. She must be held accountable, regardless of her intent.
Or…is this all an attempt at what Madonna basically built her career on: Controversy.
Updated: Madonna has issued an apology:
“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram,” the singer said in a statement on Saturday, Jan. 18. “It was not meant as a racial slur…I am not a racist. 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.”
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