Madonna had apologized for using a racial slur to caption an Instagram photo of her son. Then strangely, as with the original snapshot, she deleted her apology, too.
The photo, of 13-year-old Rocco Ritchie boxing, was posted January 17 with a caption that said, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn—a” It was re-posted, without the (endearing) LL Cool J reference and with a different caption: “Ok let me start this again. #get off my dick haters!” Then it was deleted entirely, before Madonna posted an statement.
“It was not meant as a racial slur.. I am not a racist,” the caption read. “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.” She’s deleted this post, too.
As as a result, followers have taken to other snapshots — including, sadly, one of boxing legend Muhammad Ali – to further debate over Madonna’s choice of words. Some drive home what Oprah and Jay Z showed five years ago, that U.S. society has yet to decide whether all forms of the n-word should be banned entirely or re-purposed into a term of endearment.
Others show, though, that Madonna’s “apology” was actually a non-apology. She spent more time discussing her intentions (“It was not meant as a racial slur”) than actually accepting responsibility (“I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression”), and that was before she deleted the post, as if trying to shut down the conversation entirely.
[via Rolling Stone]
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