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Madonna apologizes for racial slur

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 10:06 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2014

Madonna apologized today for using a racial slur on Instagram to refer to her white son, seeking forgiveness a day after calling those who criticized her language "haters."

On Friday night, the singer posted a picture of her 13-year-old son, Rocco, boxing and included the comment, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!" She then added a variation of the N-word.

She quickly deleted the comment when outraged Instagram users berated her for the use of the word, and was initially defiant. But in a statement to The Associated Press today, a contrite Madonna said: "Forgive me."

"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word. It was all about intention," she said. "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."

Besides Rocco, she has three other children, including Lourdes, David and Mercy. Mercy and David are black, adopted from the African nation of Malawi.

This is the second time this year that Madonna has offended people on Instagram. Earlier this month, she posted a photo of Rocco and his two young friends holding up bottles of liquor; she defended the post as a joke.

"No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor! Don't start the year off with judgement!" she responded on Instagram.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Now, I don't claim to know what Madonna's intention was but I do not believe that she is racist. She has had relationships with blacks in the past and has blacks on her dancing crew. But I do know that it is hypocrite for blacks to use the word in question but become offended when others of a different race use it. If they do not like the word, they should discontinue the use of the word. It seems to me that some use the word to proliferate it and to use it as a means to imply that the use of it by other races confirm racism. Racism has no place in a civilized world from those who are of majority or otherwise. It goes both ways.
on January 18,2014 | 11:16AM
serious wrote:
Everyone is racist. The first time Obama gave a speech as President he was criticized by the NY Times and good old Jimmy Carter accused the Times of Racism--and, unfortunately the press since then has given HIM the white glove treatment--off limits to criticize the Pres. If you like your health care plan, etc, etc, As for the N word. I was in Tunis many moons ago and there was a black server--to get his attention and service you yelled, Hey N---er--very accepted. Here in the USA, we have too many liberals who think saying anything the constitutes a breach of their bond with the minorities on welfare that elect them is uncouth. And our Pres calls a gay basketball player to congratulate him--FOR WHAT???
on January 18,2014 | 11:38AM
inHilo wrote:
Are you SERIOUS? Many moons ago in Tunis you got to call a waiter the N word but now such a wonderful time has been replaced by liberals who have a bond with minorities on welfare? Geez, if only we could go back to those good ole days. And the President can no longer criticize the President? When was the last time you read anything beside the inside of your own MIND?
on January 18,2014 | 12:25PM
Grimbold wrote:
N--er has over time acquired a racial slur undertone, but Ne-o has not! Darn language police.
on January 18,2014 | 06:14PM
Grimbold wrote:
The word blacks is nonsense word for a racial group: Nepalese, Indians, Ethiopians which have European faces and others can be black, beside the forbidden race to pronounce starting with n ending with o, which never had a racially bad meanings. And African Americans is even a more nonsense: There are African Arabs, African whites and they all look different from the ones that have large wide noses , big teeth and very large lips. Why don't the forbiddennamers not want to accept their name, just like others.
on January 18,2014 | 06:11PM
Mythman wrote:
Oh, that judgment thing - what would popular culture be without it.....
on January 18,2014 | 11:55AM
mynah wrote:
Just words.
on January 18,2014 | 01:33PM
toad103410 wrote:
Need anymore reasons to stay off facebbook, twitter, instagram, and other "social networking sites?
on January 18,2014 | 02:45PM
FrankieT wrote:
Open mouth, insert foot, can never take back what was said no matter if a mistake or she apologies for the words.
on January 18,2014 | 05:58PM
skinut wrote:
Madonna has become largely irrelevant. It seems like she does these things periodically just to keep her name in the news.
on January 18,2014 | 08:24PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I hate people like Madonna who use obviously offensive language then say IF they offended someone then she apologizes. What a mealy mouth, lame apology. Step up to the plate and tell the truth, and say, I know I offended people of a particular race and I'm sorry.
on January 18,2014 | 10:58PM
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