Madonna's rambling VMAs tribute to Aretha Franklin earns backlash

Madonna's rambling VMAs tribute to Aretha Franklin earns backlash

Madonna's rambling VMAs tribute to Aretha Franklin earns backlash

Another said: "I hope the vmas plan to issue a public apology for allowing Madonna to disrespect Aretha Franklin's legacy like that". The loss was felt acutely, as all across the nation (and the world) people expressed their condolences and memories of the legendary singer.

She added towards the end of her speech: "I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us".

Many 2018 MTV Video Music Awards viewers are calling Madonna out for d-i-s-r-e-s-p-e-c-t after she spent a good chunk of time talking about herself while she attempted to pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

While it went in some odd directions, she did manage to reign it in from time to time, but did tell a story about singing one of Aretha's songs for two French blokes at an audition, which, again, was less about the song, and more about Madonna.

Madge illuminated the fact that Franklin served as an inspiration to so many burgeoning singers. Many, including myself, feared that Madonna was going to sing a song by the Queen, but fortunately, she spared us.

MTV was mum with the details, but Madonna dropped some hints on social media that she would be handling the Queen of Soul's memorial.

"So instead of an actual tribute to Aretha you let Madonna talk about herself for 30 minutes?! Not enough", she said. You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story. "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was her paying homage to herself".

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It started with an old clip of Aretha belting it out, before Madonna graced the stage and shared what at first sounded like an inspiring story about how Aretha impacted (and changed!) Madonna's entire career trajectory. "You are my macho, and I love you". And I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. "A capella? I said, 'Bitch, I'm Madonna, '" Madonna said, as the audience cheered.

View some reactions from Twitter users below, and watch Madonna's tribute above.

"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die", sportscaster Katie Nolan wrote.

And so for the VMAs, some may have expected another musical tribute to the Queen of Soul.

You can check out one of the better parts of the tribute in the tweet below.

"#Madonna is demonstrating a dynamic performance of peak white womanhood".

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