When MTV announced they’d be doing an Aretha Franklin tribute at the VMAs, we collectively gave the network a side eye. The VMAs are notoriously white and the last time they got a tribute right was…we’ll wait. And this time was no different. MTV dug Madonna out her dusty ass coffin and had her honor the late queen, but everything went left when she used the allotted 10 minutes of tribute time to make it about herself.
Not only did Madonna look like a gypsy priest, she told a lackluster story about the time she wanted to sing Respect and the pianist looked at her like a “some skinny-ass white girl.” Which is true, but then it got really awkward when she went on to talk about their doubt in her vocal abilities.
“I could see that they didn’t take me seriously, and why should they?” she continued. “Some skinny-ass white girl is going to come up here and belt out a song by one of the greatest soul singers who ever lived? A capella? I said, ‘Bitch, I’m Madonna.’ No, I didn’t. I didn’t say that. Because I wasn’t Madonna yet. I don’t know who I was.”
Reactions were not favorable. Kandi Burruss took to Instagram to express her dismay with the “tribute.”
#BlackTwitter wasn’t having it either.
We’ll see how other award shows handle Aretha’s legacy, because this one was a massive fail.
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