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Madonna

Calling My Son the N-Word Was ...

'A Term of Endearment'

1/18/2014 1:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0118-madona-GettyMadonna says she had no idea people would take such offense over her use of the n-word yesterday -- even though at 55 she probably should.

Madge released a statement moments ago saying she's not a racist ... and her use of the hashtag "#disni**a" in reference to her son on Instagram Friday was not meant as a racial slur.

Madonna explains, "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."


Madonna adds, "I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression. Forgive me."

Translation: I should stay off Instagram.

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TuxThePenguin    

WO!!! no *ugly warning, TMZ! whaditellyouaboutthat?

192 days ago
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rcytrcy01@yahoo.com    

Look at that old lady in the picture

192 days ago
63.

Passthepeas    

Oh, Madonna, you so edgy. You so cool. You so much more advanced than us mere humans. You so stupid. You make that hag Kate gosselin seem normal.
Shut up. You are embarrassing yourself, and, you are boring.

192 days ago
64.

Unkind Truth    

Here we go again with this sh*t...let the race wars begin. This will be a never ending battle. Let it go because you will get a nose bleed and a stroke trying to argue both sides.

192 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Shove your apology up your aging butthole, because you are old enough to know better than to use that word,e ver. It is just as bad as black people, disrespecting their own ancestors, because that word was derogatory in their generation. The black youth culture tried to remove the stigma attached to the word, by using it casually within their own culture, but those who do are uneducated ghetto children who don't realize the rextended amifications.

192 days ago
66.

STNCA    

OMG I am just sick sick sick of this debate. One minute we have people telling us use it, the next minute we have people freaking the eff out because we use it. Listen people, anyone Madonna's age (myself included) was made painfully aware of racial inequality in the late 60's. We saw it, we felt it, we watched it on television. It was ingrained in us never, ever, ever, EVER use that word (the ger version). But guess what? We still read and listen, and we still have that flexible, roll with the punches, live and let live, everybody just chill the hell out mentality (the 60's made us all flexible and what not). This term (ga not ger) has become more and more mainstream. You CANNOT have the people who this term is supposed to be offensive to not only defend it, but encourage people to use it, and then turn around and get all pissed off when it's used. Speaking of which, I will bet you anything that it's the media that grabbed this and ran, turning into a big effin deal. If the media (hello Harvey?) would stop making an issue out of this, it might just not be an issue. I for one am just sick to death of racial tension. I was sure as a teenager that by this time, it would be a thing of the past. I realize that it's not, but I am equally sure now that sadly, for every one of us that grew up in a "progressive" home where we were taught that the only "race" is the human race, there were nearly as many for whom inequality was taught. Those are the fires that we are so afraid to feed, and yet the media who, although it is their intention for the most part to call people out on inequality, continues to feed that fire by making an issue out of this mess. Does anyone seriously believe that Madonna has any kind of a biased bone in her body? If you do then you're an idiot. 2014's N-word is not the same (literally), and does not have the same meaning as 1968's N-word. Could we just catch the hell up and maybe live in this century? WTF?

192 days ago
67.

Weffie    

It's not entirely clear what she meant by the hashtag, but it probably was intended to throw into a mix the violent image, her call for her son's to knock someone out, and her exploitation of the stereotype of the African-American male as violent and angry.

It's hard to come up with another explanation, and it's pretty racisty of her. No cooking show for you, Madonna!

192 days ago
68.

Madelaine J    

The youth of this generation don't care people! I have four bi-racial kids. They have friends of many different cultures. They use slang terms for each other constantly in good-hearted banter. They hate that we (us old people!) continue to try to make this an issue. Maybe we need to look to them in this regard.

192 days ago
69.

wow ew    

OMFG leave her alone. "#Disn****" was OBVIOUSLY not meant as a racial slur. Just like straight men calling other men... who are mainly straight a "f*****" isn't a homophobic slur either.

It's all about context. This one is no Paula Deen.
Either way, this all starts with Black Americans anyway, if they would stop using the N word as a "word of endearment" then white people like Madonna and other Non Blacks would stop using it as "words of endearment"

Did I mention... I'm Black....?

KThanxBye

192 days ago
70.

Lodie    

It's always sad when people have to use negativity for publicity. She knew EXACTLY what she was doing! Everyone knows the stigma associated with the N word and the controversy when people other than black people use it. She saw an opportunity and she jumped on it! Hmm, and in my mind I wonder if she goes around calling her black child the N word as well.

192 days ago
71.

ImSoReal    

Madonna Retire PLEASE!

192 days ago
72.

Cassy    

Skank.

192 days ago
73.

SuperSonic    

She initially told "haters" to suck her d**k and now she's saying "forgive me"? Bi**ch, please!

192 days ago
74.

Horndog    

What happened to that elderly gentleman's face? Did he bump into a hornet's nest? He should take better care of his teeth too.

192 days ago
75.

Xxxl44    

the biggest disappointment in this instance is anyone that expects #dis**** to act normal

192 days ago
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