Madonna's self-indulgent tribute to Aretha Franklin gets criticised by fans
21 August, 2018, 18:11 | Author: Kenneth Collins
As the world mourns the passing of R&B legend Aretha Franklin, Madonna has come under intense scrutiny for giving the Queen of Soul a wack tribute at the 2018 VMAs.
Madonna chose to sing "Natural Woman" at the audition and she didn't get the role, but the producers wanted to fly her to Paris to make her a star.
She continued: "I said, 'B***h, I'm Madonna.' No, I didn't".
And in the morning, my telephone rang and the man said, 'Hi, Cher, it's George Miller.' I said, 'Hey, George.' He was the director of Witches of Eastwick. You are probably all wondering why I am telling you this story.
Madonna didn't have sheet music though so she made a decision to sing the song acapella because she knew it "off by heart" anyway - and even though she was "some skinny-ass white girl", she was still able to sing the song no bother. I don't know who I was. "The worst that can happen is I can go back to getting robbed, held at gunpoint and being mistaken for a prostitute in my third-floor walk-up that was also a crackhouse.' That's right, I'm a 'Rebel Heart'". We want to bring you to Paris and make you a star.
She then attempted to justify why she was telling this story with a huge backdrop of Franklin behind her. We're not sure if this was planned (did MTVreally think that this was a good idea?) or if MTV scrambled to find someone for the Aretha tribute at the last minute, but regardless of their intentions, fans on Twitter were pissed. "None of [my success] would've happened, could've happened, without our Lady of Soul".
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Franklin, 76 at the time of her death, passed away last Thursday following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The Queen of Soul will lie in state from 9 a.m.to 9 p.m. on August 28 and 29.
A few of the star's die-hard fans managed to shine a ray of light on the situation though, including one who called the tribute a "Great speech!" She led me to where I am today.
The Shade Room posted Kandi's video, and as you will see for yourself in the comments, most people agree with Kandi 100%. "R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Long live the queen".
But much of the tribute involved Madonna talking about the early origins of life and career. And to think, I've yet to even mention the accusations of cultural appropriation leveled against Madonna for dressing in traditional African garb. Another wrote, "Madonna's apparent effort to memorialize Aretha Franklin: "But enough about me, let's talk about...me".
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