In case you haven’t heard, Madonna has been in hot water lately for using a certain racial epitaph on Instagram as a sort of racist term of endearment about her son Rocco, and apparently we’re all “haters” for calling her out on it. And yes, she actually called the n-word a “term of endearment.” I find this kind of thing baffling. When will people get the concept that it’s NOT okay to say this shit? Just like it’s not okay to wear blackface, or glibly use other people’s cultures for fun and profit. Just stop it already.
Now, of course, Madonna is totally backtracking and has issues a well thought out, introspective apology. Just kidding! Her first response to the controversy was to edit the caption to read “Let me start this again, get off my d*ck, haters.” Klassy. Eventually she did issue a semi-legit apology, stating:
“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. 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.”
Basically “Sorry, not sorry.” Or rather “Sorry you were offended.” This is not an apology, and certainly doesn’t acknowledge how ignorant she was when she posted what she posted. I’m not usually all pearl-clutchy about stuff celebrities say, but considering that this was attached to a photo of her 13-year-old son, AND it’s coming on the heels of another controversy about the same son, I am seriously left shaking my head in bafflement. Isn’t Madge a zillionaire? Shouldn’t she have people running these accounts? People who are paid to know not to use the n-word about anyone, let alone a kid? Consider my pearls clutched.