Madonna Slammed for Self-Indulgent Aretha Franklin Tribute, Cultural Appropriation at MTV VMAs

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Madonna is accused of delivering a self-indulgent tribute to the late Aretha Franklin during Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards.

During her speech, Madonna said that Franklin's music had "changed the course of my life" and that when she was younger, she was asked to sing a version of 'You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)'.

"The Aretha Franklin tribute is Madonna talking about herself at great length?", tweeted author Michael Arceneaux. She shaded the singer for making her speech which was supposed to be about Aretha Franklin, all about herself. Actually, who everyone?Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-TMadonna gets roasted P.S. why is Travis Scott dressed like a minion?

Madonna said she ended up singing the tune, which she knew "by heart", acapella.

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She also managed to squeeze in a quick reference to her legendary performance of "Like a Virgin" at the 1984 VMAs, where she rolled around on the stage in a white wedding dress and bared her backside. "Not enough", she said.

I mean I love some Madonna because she's Madonna! So he said, 'I just wanted to call and tell you that I don't want you in my movie and Jack Nicholson and I think you're too old and you're not sexy.' Good morning, 40!

Though the singer's message was clear, many were critical of her delivery and the lack of actual Franklin-context in her speech.

But a flurry of viewers took to Twitter to complain about the attempted tribute.

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Choir! Choir! is paying tribute to the "Queen of Soul" with a special night of celebration. "@MTV our handsome black queen deserves better", wrote one user. I worked on two shows here in this building with Aretha, very closely with her and her camp.

"So you're probably all wondering why I'm telling you this story".

"I love you ty for unbelievable us with your attractive and powerful speech you're fantastic", another fan added.

For many social media users, the reason the tribute was so frustrating is that there were other people in the audience that could have done a much better job. Madonna stepped out on the stage at the VMAs adorned in a graduation robe and what looks like everything from her jewelry box paid homage to the Queen of Soul...but it wasn't the tribute many people had in mind.

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