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Madonna often comes with her fair share of controversy, which is why we weren’t in the least bit surprised to find that her Aretha Franklin tribute at Monday night’s MTV Video Music Awards received some backlash.

Madonna, who has often been dubbed the original Queen of Pop, made a speech about how Aretha Franklin inspired her, especially at the beginning of her career.

However, the internet deemed her speech a little too self-involved and hoped that she would have focused on honoring the Queen of Soul instead of anecdotes about herself.

Naturally, Madonna isn’t here for the haters, and took matters into her own hands following the backlash…

“Just to clarify: I was asked to present video of the year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in 2 minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. I could never do her justice in this context or environment.

“Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”

Let’s revisit some of the social media messages about Madonna’s speech…


What a touching tribute to Aretha Franklin where Madonna talked about her goddam self for like 30 mins


Madonna made Aretha Franklin’s death about herself and her own musical journey, and honestly, this is some of the whitest shit I have ever seen. #VMAs


Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin is Madonna telling a story about herself while acknowledging she loved the “Lady Soul” album. #VMAs


Y’all gon get enough of having Madonna give the tributes for the Black artists… #VMAS


Aretha Franklin’s Tribute at the #VMAs:

1. Madonna talks about herself, at length, with Aretha as a footnote.

2. “Respect” is played at the very end.

3. A photo of Aretha with “1942-2018.”

Bro, what? Disrespectful.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with those who found Madonna’s Aretha Franklin tribute selfish and disrespectful? Or do you see where Madonna was coming from?