Twitter – During the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night (August 20), Madonna took the stage to pay tribute to Aretha Franklin.
But, rather than talking about the late Queen of Soul’s storied history, Madge went on for roughly 10 minutes telling her own rags-to-riches story.
Dressed in Malawi garb and adorned with African jewelry, the pop superstar recalled her New York City origins when she living in a crackhouse and being mistaken for a prostitute.
Of course, Twitter erupted with seemingly endless posts about the “tribute,” calling out the Material Girl for what was perceived as D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Check out the reactions from The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Thelonious Martin and more below.
Was this about Aretha or nah ?
— CHUCK (@Chuckisdope) August 21, 2018
You do not disrespect an ICON like that. This is a jovial kiki about Madonna’s broken ass journey. You honor a legend by telling their story or SHUT UP. The AUDACITY.
— Nina Parker (@MzGossipGirl) August 21, 2018
What the fuck Madonna gotta do with Aretha?
— Thelonious Martin™ (@KingThelonious) August 21, 2018
Madonna talking about guitar lessons, Paris baguettes and her ass hanging out while she looked for a stiletto with the image of Aretha Franklin behind her is everything I expected from the #VMAs
— Kingsley (@kingsleyyy) August 21, 2018
Madonna ruined the Prince Tribute on the Billboard Awards in 2016.
Madonna ruined the Aretha Tribute on the #VMAs in 2018.
I really never want to see her again. Ever. pic.twitter.com/rp6QCql3aR
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 21, 2018
— Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) August 21, 2018
— K (@lilmonster_92) August 21, 2018
— Tora Shae (@BlackMajiik) August 21, 2018
I’m pretty sure Aretha didn’t like Madonna either.
— Karlous Miller (@KarlousM) August 21, 2018
Camila Cabello got on her knees and praised Madonna and dedicated her undeserved Video of the Year award to her……after Madonna just gave a self-indulgent "tribute" to Aretha Franklin.
And that describes how #VMAs treated Black artists the entire night…
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 21, 2018
MTV: We'd like you to give a tribute to Aretha Franklin
Madonna: Great, so this is how I got my career started…
MTV: No, no, a tribute to Aretha
Madonna: So I said "bitch, I'm Madonna"
MTV: This isn't about you madge
Madonna: Look at my African jewelry #VMAs
— lgreene91 (@lgreene91) August 21, 2018
They ended the show on the most disrespectful note by having Madonna spend 10 minutes talking about herself while “honoring” Aretha and then giving the award to a racist lmao
— ✨born again lesbian✨ (@Jauredramatic) August 21, 2018
— They Call Me Ari (@Kissma_Ars) August 21, 2018
That was such an awkward tribute to Aretha Franklin. I was hoping Madonna would talk a liiiiiiiitle less about herself and more about Aretha but idk lol ?♀️?♀️
— Kathleen Lights (@KathleenLights1) August 21, 2018
— Rachel Magnabosco (@rachel_mag) August 21, 2018