If you had a high tolerance for tomfoolery you watched the MTV Video Music Awards last night and saw Madonna‘s self-indulging tribute to the late “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.
In case you missed it, Madge rambled for over six minutes about herself and her career only to note at the very end that it wouldn’t have been possible without Aretha.
Folks flooded the streets of social media with reactions of disappointment, anger, disgust, and confusion about what they just witnessed as a tribute for an artist of Aretha Franklin’s magnitude.
Peep the tweets below.
Madonna’s tribute to Aretha Franklin is Madonna telling a story about herself while acknowledging she loved the “Lady Soul” album. #VMAs
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) August 21, 2018
I’m so lost. I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but I all heard was her paying homage to herself. HEAVY on the Mayonnaise……
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) August 21, 2018
Im sorry, I love Madonna…but her telling a 5 minute story about herself was not the right time to honor Aretha Franklin. Wow….. So shocked. #vmas
— Isis King (@MsIsisKing) August 21, 2018
does Madonna know Madonna didn’t die
— Katie Nolan (@katienolan) August 21, 2018
Aretha Franklin's Tribute at the #VMAs:
1. Madonna talks about herself, at length, with Aretha as a footnote.
2. "Respect" is played at the very end.
3. A photo of Aretha with "1942-2018."
Bro, what? Disrespectful.
— Nia Langley✨ (@theNiaLangley) August 21, 2018
the levels of Aretha Franklin disrespect has reached higher than Madonna's range #vmas
— ziwe (@ziwe) August 21, 2018
— Ashley. (@ashleyrelates) August 21, 2018
"If it wasn't for Aretha, we wouldn't have Madonna"- Madonna
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) August 21, 2018
Madonna even received Charlamagne’s “Donkey of the Day.”
I guess my question is why did anyone expect anything better from MTV?