Madonna: “white artists have the right to appropriate black culture”

You don’t need more than a 15 minutes interview with Madonna to start a fire. In her last talk, the diva denies using the controversial N-word and refers to an old photo of her eldest son. In particular, she said that the N-word shouldn’t be a racial slur but an expression, and added that the appropriation of another culture is not a problem either.On January 21, Madonna was posting on social networks a photo of her son Rocco, who was 13 years old, with the caption “#dishni*ga”. The reaction was violent from the public, using the N-word when you’re a white person recalls the days of blacks slavery and is therefore prohibited. The star flatly apologized, ironically after releasing the track “Unapologetic Bitch”.However, she explained that she apologized “when I see that there’s a huge fire that’s about to blaze through the center of the universe and I have to put the fire out — especially if it comes to my children.” Madonna says it was Rocco who told her how to caption the photo. “It was the one time that I listened to my son,” she says. “It was his idea. I was like, ‘What caption do you want me to put on it?’ And I did. I wasn’t thinking.”In this case, Madonna then said she sees no reason to blame an artist because of cultural appropriation – a term which she doesn’t understand the reason to exist.”Oh, they can kiss my a**,” she says of critics who might accuse her of borrowing other cultures’ fixtures. It’s a topic she seems interested to discuss. “I’m not appropriating anything. I’m inspired and I’m referencing other cultures. That is my right as an artist. They said Elvis Presley stole African-American culture. That’s our job as artists, to turn the world upside down and make everyone feel bewildered and have to rethink everything.”

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