Madonna Uses N-Word On Instagram. Why No One Should Care

Aristotle Eliopoulos
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Aristotle Eliopoulos
Pop Culture Guyd!
January 19, 2014
8:42 a.m.


Ooh boy. Only a couple days after revealing that our dear Madge has a new boy toy she’s squeezing harder than a Thigh Master for Kegel exercises, the star took to Instagram to post a photo of her son Rocco at a boxing session where she originally posted the photo with the caption:

No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disnigga


After a bit of mild outrage, Madge deleted the caption, changing to a much mild(er) one that stated:

Ok let me start this again. #get off of my dick haters


Now, here is why we shouldn’t care about M’s use of the N word. First, if Gwyneth Paltrow can get away with using it, then Madonna most certainly can! Madonna is a phenomenon; one who has broken many boundaries in terms of sex, race and creed – and that’s only if we re-watch the Like A Prayer video – and I really think she can get away with saying the word, despite the fact that we still find it an abominable one in society.

Second, if Damon Wayans Jr. – the offspring of Damon Wayans, one of the brothers who basically reinvigorated racial stereotypes and broke many racial barriers in pop culture – can say via Twitter that “If it’s a compliment, it’s not racist”, then Madonna can’t be held responsible for the context she used the word in. The tagline was meant to be complimentary to her son, and from a woman who adopted her daughter Mercy from Malawi, she would in no way mean for the word to be insulting.

And finally, despite being the QUEEN of being unapologetic, she still actually apologized! The Pop Queen sent a statement to the Associated Press where she said:

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.

Despite the controversy, her accolades and the work she’s down in forwarding equality – including her recent short film with Steven Klein – she will no doubt still get hate for the hashtag she used. But honestly, in this blogger’s honest opinion, we just shouldn’t care enough to give this a second thought. But… thoughts?


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