He tried to put his hand on the back of her head in faux intimacy, but she moved his hand away. When it was over, Madonna stood behind him leering triumphantly as he sat dazed. Though Drizzy later said he meant no disrespect and was fully into the moment, the jokes began almost immediately. So did the critique. Fans and pundits scrutinized their kiss. Some took aim at the history of black men being fetishized as sexual objects by white women — or was the backlash just ageism against Madonna; would people have reacted similarly had an older male celebrity kissed a young starlet?
This is Madonna, after all. She lives to get tongues wagging no pun intended. In , Madonna was at the height of her popularity and at her most controversial. That year, she released SEX, a collection of erotic photographs and sexually-explicit anecdotes. Included amongst the pages were photos of celebrities such as Isabella Rosselini and supermodel Naomi Campbell, as well as images of rappers Big Daddy Kane and Vanilla Ice, her then-boyfriend.
Those images, apparently, speak for themselves. Also, with my Islamic background, a lot of people really had a problem with me being up there with a white girl.
But Madonna is a great person… [who] showed me a lot of respect. Then when the book came out I was so embarrassed and ashamed. It was a porno. That was it, and I ended it. During his 9-month stint in Clinton Correctional Facility in , there were reports that the pop diva was going to be visiting Tupac Shakur — though the visitation never actually happened.
She helped me a lot. She was real cool. Like any one of my homeboys. One time, they had a story on the local news out there that Madonna was coming to visit me. Madonna has so much power that the guards let me take an extra shower because they thought she was coming to visit me.
So, when I went on the show I was feeling very gangster. Hip-hop also directly influences her art. All too often, when Madonna wants to make a point, she tends to use hip-hop to make it in some way.
The sexually-charged video features a BDSM theme. Dressed in a gold pimped-out suit with rings and gold chains, she made it rain on the girls shaking their booties for the camera in her ghetto fabulous limo. Currently, there are a host of pop stars who, unlike Madonna, have literally grown up with hip-hop as a part of mainstream American culture. Taylor Swift bops with boomboxes and breakdancers in videos and recites Kendrick Lamar lyrics. However, they are reflective of the same problematic behavior: Her fairly-brief personal flirtations with rappers hardly result in any lasting affinity or respect for them as artists afterwards.
Rappers and their aesthetic are virtually everywhere nowadays. She came under fire last year after she posted a photo of her year- old son, Rocco Ritchie, boxing and included the hashtag DisNigga.
I am not a racist. It was all about intention. It was used as a term of endearment towards my son who is white. Because of their age. But my age — anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? In the book, Black Looks: To white and other nonblack consumers, this gives them a special flavor, an added spice.
After all, it is a very recent historical phenomenon for any white girl to be able to get some mileage out of flaunting her fascination and envy of blackness. The thing about envy is that it is always ready to destroy, erase, take over, and consume the desired object. She performed with hip-hop stars Nicki Minaj, M. But it is more than fair to question what her approach has helped to influence in popular culture.
Cultural appropriation is not something that began with Madonna. In that, she exploits blackness by pandering to anti-blackness. Madonna is the biggest female pop star of the last 30 years, her persona has shaped an entire generation of performers.
Her desire to provoke and to use blackness as a means to that end most definitely provides a template for the Cyruses and Swifts of the world. These are pop starlets who were able to ease out of their teen idol phases with a healthy sprinkling of hip-hop swagger. But maybe we should encourage younger stars to develop newer tricks and stop emulating their idol.
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