In order to promote her new album Rebel Heart, Madonna put out a number of pictures on Instagram, featuring Bob Marley, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, who like her (nothing like her) are “#Rebelhearts”.
We get it, actually we don’t, but we understand trying to market your record by any means possible. However Images of Historical/Civil Rights leaders wrapped in a BDSM cord as a method of promoting some form of struggle is a bit demeaning since there is clearly no comparison.
Madonna has had her fair share of racial infractions, she apologized in a ‘sorry not sorry’ kind of way last January for her use of the N-word when referring to her adopted black son Rocco.
I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram,” the singer said in a statement on Saturday, Jan. 18. “It was not meant as a racial slur…I am not a racist.”
She added: “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.”
Historically Madonna has always pushed the envelope, and crossing the lines with race as she would explicit content is just apart of who she is. Cultural inappropriateness is how she sells records.
The best way to show your offense is by not supporting the music, so this is in no way a justification or a crazy attempt at outrage, this is just me saying she missed the mark with the imagery this time.
If she posed nude in some sort of artistic fashion, I might be more appreciative since that only involves her and not my beloved Bob Marley. These days things are different as Madonna is learning, if you plan to put imagery on Social Media people will have stuff to say. Gone are the days when you can just put something out there and everyone had to take it and had no way of telling you just how they feel.
So as Bob Marley would say ‘watch how yuh walk” my little so called #rebelheart, this isn’t 1980.