VMAs: Madonna bashed over Aretha Franklin 'tribute'

Aretha Franklin in the early 1970s
Andrew Kent

Aretha Franklin in the early 1970s Credit Andrew Kent

Whewwwwwww Chile da confusion.What in the entire Fck & don't get me wrong I love me some Madonna but she straight from Morocco in African Arabic jewels on national tv talking about crack houses with Aretha Franklin picture behind her and this was a tribute & she talked about herself?!

But instead, Madonna chose to focus on how Aretha affected her life and helped her become a success, detailed the Hollywood Reporter. Much like how Donald Trump managed to make Franklin's death about himself ("She worked for me on numerous occasions"), Madonna's own tribute to the Queen of Soul ended up becoming a tribute to Madonna.

In her 10-minute "tribute", Madonna told of how she auditioned for French record producers.

"You're probably all wondering why I'm telling you this story", the 60-year-old said, "there is a connection".

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"I could see that they didn't take me seriously, and why should they?" she said of the men she was auditioning for at the time.

Except it wasn't really a tribute to the Queen of Soul.

They asked if I had sheet music and a song prepared. Rapper Logic wore a T-shirt that said "Fuck the Wall," a reference to Donald Trump's proposed border wall between the USA and Mexico. She stood up in front of millions while wearing traditional Moroccan/Amazigh attire, perpetuating the controversy and inviting accusations of cultural appropriation, as The Hollywood Reporter points out.

The "Hung Up" hitmaker went on to talk about her path to pop stardom, before finishing, "I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us".

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"I love you ty for wonderful us with your handsome and powerful speech you're incredible", another fan added.

Writer Marc Snetiker said: "Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as "Madonna". "You know, by Aretha Franklin". In the closing credits, Aretha's "Respect" was played. She will then be entombed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, alongside her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett.

You can check out one of the better parts of the tribute in the tweet below. Actually, who everyone?Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-TMadonna gets roasted P.S. why is Travis Scott dressed like a minion? Ironically, she also added "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" at the end of her speech, which is the last thing fans think Madonna did for the Queen.

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