The pop diva Madonna, who has just turned 60, has starred this morning in a controversial tribute to the recently deceased queen of soul Aretha Franklin at the MTV Video Music Awards gala. The public has criticized her for considering that she has spent more time talking about herself than about Aretha Franklin.
In a 10 minute speechMadonna has recalled her own principles in the world of music, and has recounted an audition she did a cappella of ‘You make me feel like a natural woman’, one of Franklin’s iconic songs. He explained that that audition earned him a job in Paris but that he returned to the United States to learn to play the guitar. And from there, to fame. “None of this would have happened without our lady of soul,” Madonna said at the end, introducing Aretha Franklin into the speech. “She brought me where I am today and influenced many people who are here today. Thank you, Aretha, for empowering us all. RESPECT. Long live the queen,” he concluded.
The public has taken to Twitter to criticize this intervention, pointing out that Madonna has not focused on Franklin. “The tribute to Aretha Franklin is Madonna talking about herself“, has summarized Michael Arceneaux.
“No you disrespect to an ICON like this. You honor a legend by telling their story or YOU SHUT UP“Nina Parker tweeted.
You do not disrespect an ICON like that. This is a jovial kiki about Madonna’s broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. The AUDACITY.
– Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) 21 Aug 2018
It has also been questioned why the awards organization has chosen Madonna to speak of the queen of soul instead of looking for artists closer to her.
“I LOVE Madonna. I’m a huge fan. But she shouldn’t be nowhere near Aretha“, has opined the cultural critic Marc Lamont Hill.
For the record, I LOVE Madonna. I’m a huge fan. She just shouldn’t be anywhere near Aretha. She shouldn’t be Aretha adjacent.
– Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) 21 Aug 2018
“Whoever it was at the #VMAs that let Madonna go on stage to pay tribute or whatever it was to ArethaFranklin should be fired now,” tweeted Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.
– Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) 21 Aug 2018
The controversy is served.
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Madonna bundles her up at the MTV gala with a controversial tribute to Aretha Franklin