A Madonna Instagram posting has led to outrage from both fans and general social media users alike this week, as the popular singer recently uploaded a photo of her 13-year-old white son, Rocco, while he was boxing and added the caption, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!” While this isn’t controversial in and of itself, she then proceeded to add an N-word variation in her comment. CBS News discusses Madonna soon deleting the photo and saying sorry, adding that she is not a racist and did not intend any harm by her posting.
The Madonna Instagram image soon resulted in the well-known celebrity offering an apology on Saturday. Inadvertently or not, the Queen of Pop called her white son a deviation of the N-word, much to an understandable public outcry. Initially, Madonna was calling those that were bashing her for using such ignorant language nothing more than “haters,” but quickly changed her tune in less than a day.
“On Friday night, the singer again took to Instagram, a popular photo uploading and editing site, to share a clip of her 13-year-old son, Rocco, with the adjoining comment, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" She also mentioned the highly criticized N-word.
Madonna chose to delete the social media comment very soon once Instagram users slammed her in outrage and disgust for the use of such a negative word. While the celebrity was defense of her choice of language at first, she quickly conceded and formally asked for the public’s forgiveness. Her “I’m sorry” statement is as follows:
"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur...I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white. I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me."
She quickly added: "MY job is to inspire and bring people together . My message has always been about tolerance and non judgement. The last thing I want to do is bring chaos or cause separation in anyway. #revolutionoflove"
In addition to Rocco —brought into the public spotlight from the Madonna Instagram fiasco — Madonna has three other children: Mercy, David, and Lourdes. Both David and Mercy are adopted children and black, while Rocco is Madonna’s biological son, white, from her ex-husband.
Madonna also got in trouble on Instagram recently as well for posting a photo of her underage son Rocco and others holding a bottle of liquor. She defended the uploading as well:
"No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgment!" she argued on the site.