Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Madonna called out for paying tribute to Aretha with story about herself

MTV VMAs: Madonna’s Aretha Franklin “Tribute” Leaves Fans Puzzled & Enraged Twitter roasts Madonna for her Aretha Franklin VMAs tribute
Angelica Greene | 21 August, 2018, 17:16

Writer Marc Snetiker said: "Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as "Madonna". I blurted out, 'You make me feel.' Silence.

Madonna discussed how she sang "Natural Woman" at an audition, and credits her ensuing success to Aretha.

"I love you ty for incredible us with your lovely and powerful speech you're fantastic", another fan added. I had no training or dreams of ever becoming a singer, but I went for it.

Madonna said she ended up singing the tune, which she knew "by heart", acapella. If this was Madge trying to get us to scream, "Just stop and sing an Aretha Franklin song instead", at the screen, it worked, because that's exactly what I screamed'.

"For the record, I LOVE Madonna". "No, I didn't. I didn't say that".

It didn't take long before Madonna became a trending topic on Twitter, as the Internet called out the pop superstar for turning what was supposed to be a tribute to Franklin into a Madonna monologue. Most of the tribute to Franklin, however, was spent explaining the early origins of Madonna's career. There is a connection, because none of this would have happened, could have happened, without our lady of soul.

"She led me where I am today". I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us: R-e-s-p-e-c-t.

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

For many social media users, the reason the tribute was so frustrating is that there were other people in the audience that could have done a much better job.

Someone else used a Franklin GIF to point out the tribute's flaws.

While it went in some unusual 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.

The Root wondered where Kanye West, who famously interrupted an acceptance speech from Taylor Swift, was "when you need him".

Someone wrote that Madonna's speech demonstrated "a dynamic performance of peak white womanhood".

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