Over the weekend, Madonna posted a photo on Instagram of her 13-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie, training stand-up with the caption, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disnigga”
People had problems with the “#disnigga” tag as one of the first comments was, “Really Madonna? Why do you think it’s EVER appropriate for ANYONE to use that word?! Total disrespect.”
Clearly, Madonna has yet to earn the “nigga pass.” It’s an honor rarely bestowed upon anyone and when it is, there’s a big ceremony and a full page ad taken out in PEOPLE magazine to notify everyone.
Madonna took the picture down and reposted it with a non-apology. “Ok let me start this again. #get off of my dick haters!,” she wrote this time showing her complete lack of understanding of how hashtags work.
Finally, after much facepalming, her publicist must have convinced Madonna to issue an apology.
“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,” she said. “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.”
Basically, she’s sorry you were offended. Oddly, she didn’t also write that her adopted children Mercy and David are black and that means she can’t be racist. She missed a golden opportunity.
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