Madonna Responds to Backlash Over Aretha Franklin Tribute: ‘They Asked Me to Share Any Anecdotes I Had…I Did Not Intend to Do A Tribute’ [Photo]

Madonna Responds to Backlash Over Aretha Franklin Tribute: ‘They Asked Me to Share Any Anecdotes I Had…I Did Not Intend to Do A Tribute’ [Photo]

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Madonna has released a statement in response to the backlash over her tribute to Aretha Franklin at the 2018 MTV Video  Music Awards.

Via Instagram Madonna says, “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! 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.”

She continued, “Unforntuantely most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. I love Aretha! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”  We were all wondering what was going on last night during the VMAs. Many took to twitter to critize Madonna on her words about the late Aretha Franklin.

Madonna focused on herself the whole time while speaking. Twitter users including Charlemagne, roasted her for focusing on herself. “I’m so lost.” Charlemagne wrote. “I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was she’s paying homage to herself. HEAVY on the Mayonnaise…” Charlamayne wrote.

Madonna still doesn’t get it!

Im with the Winner!! The beautiful @camila_cabello ! So proud of her! 🌈💕🎉. And 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! 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. 🙏🏼. I Love Camilla! Congrats! I LOVE my dress! AND. I love-L O V E!! ♥️ and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change that. #vmas #postivevibes

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Source: Variety

Written By: Fantasia Harvey

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