Madonna: I'm Not Appropriating Anything


Madonna: I'm Not Appropriating Anything

Madge says she and Elvis Presley have a right to be "inspired" by other cultures.

Published March 16, 2015

"Blurred Lines" may rewrite music history in another way, if Madonna has anything to do with it.

The provocateur extraordinaire was most recently taken to task for captioning an Instagram picture of her adolescent son "#disn***a" and reposting fan-made images of her Rebel Heart album cover re-created with photos of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Marley and Nelson Mandela.

She apologized for the incidents, however, she backtracks in a recent interview with the Huffington Post. “It was the one time that I listened to my son," she said of the IG hashtag. "It was his idea. I was like, ‘What caption do you want me to put on it?’ And I did. I wasn’t thinking.”

She goes on to contemplate the idea of "not thinking" and concludes that critics, "Oh, they can kiss my a** ... 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."


The "Vogue" singer has been making people rethink her artistic choices since early in her career, when she was chastised for references to Catholicism, and throughout for bringing, for example, her version of Kabbalah and Hindu practices to the stage and in her videos.

Her latest album, available now, features Untitled rapper Nas, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper and Mike Tyson. is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by BET-Staff


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