Madonna Slammed for Aretha Tribute

A tribute or a disgrace?

Madonna Slammed for Aretha Tribute

Lauren Beickert, Journalist/Sudden SJW

At Monday night’s MTV VMAs, Madonna was set to pay a tribute to Aretha Franklin
before she presented the artist of the year award. She opened by saying, “Aretha Franklin changed the course of my life,” and then preceded to talk about her own career and how she went through years of struggling to get where she is now. The only time she talked about Aretha and her legacy was when she stated that her favorite album at the time was  “Lady Soul”, and that “none of her career could have happened without our lady of soul. She also said, “She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight… Long live the queen.” Madonna even closed off by sharing a memory of the original VMAs show in 1984 where she sang “Like a Virgin.” Many viewers complained that both Madonna and MTV were disrespectful of Franklin. Award-winning singer and actress Cynthia Erivo tweeted out, “Madonna makes the life and works of Aretha Franklin (Queen of soul), about herself and her rise to fame. Heart was nowhere to be found, ego and privilege reigned supreme.” Madonna responded to the comments
by stating that she was asked to share her anecdotes she had in her career connected to Franklin, and she did not intend to do a tribute to her, but “unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge.”