Madonna’s self-involved Aretha Franklin tribute outrages Twitter

Standing in front of a giant image of Aretha Franklin, Madonna gave a speech about. her own journey to stardom.

Madge assumed the stage during the 2018 ceremony to present the award for video of the year to Camila Cabello and pay tribute to Franklin, who died last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly described the speech on Twitter as "Madonna presents an Aretha Franklin tribute by Madonna featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as "Madonna". And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us.

"I would expect that she has a house, probably a financial account of some kind - a brokerage account, stocks, bond, cash", Kenneth Silver, shareholder at Hertz Schram law firm in MI told People shortly after the singer's death. That'd be impossible in two minutes with all of the noise and the tinsel of an award show.

After joking she retorted "B****, I'm Madonna" - she recalled how she left Paris and came back a few month later realising she had not "earned the luxury life I was living". Unfortunately, most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge. With Franklin passing away only a few days before the MTV VMAs, producers scrambled to add the Queen of Soul to the nearly three-hour show.

Franklin's net worth at the time of her death was estimated to be roughly $80 million.

Madonna told a long-winded story about her humble beginnings, explaining that years ago ("I wasn't even Madonna then", she said), she sang an Aretha song in one of her very first auditions.

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T", Aretha sang. Somehow, though, it felt like exactly the opposite.

"I could see that they didn't take me seriously, and why should they?" she continued.

That's it. That was Madonna's entire tribute to Aretha. And they asked me to share any anecdotes that I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin!

"Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die?". It was one of the producers: "We don't think you are right for this job".

"I'm so lost", Charlamagne wrote.

  • Kyle Peterson