Madonna has gotten Beyoncé and Jay Z fans in a tizz while creating a racial stir online when she pressed Enter on an Instagram post before thinking twice.
Over the weekend, the singer hit up social media with a still from The Carters’ single Apeshit featuring Bey and Jay gazing up at artworks, although Madge had cunningly photoshopped in her own album covers. Beneath the tainted image she wrote, “Learning from the Master . . . lol.”
Of course, this caused an outrage when social media users noted the fact that referring to yourself as ‘Master’ in the presence of two African Americans is in bad taste and just plain backward, even as a joke.
One person responded on Twitter, “Peak Caucasity, joke or not,” referring to the pro-Caucasian undertones of the text.
Another wrote, “Did you really just post a pic of two black people looking at you, and refer to yourself as ‘the master’? Bitch, you done lost your goddamn mind.”
Madonna subsequently filtered the quote down to read “Learning from the teacher” and then further still to just “Learning… lol” (which actually would have been quite funny what with its school field-day connotations).
Still, the damage had been done and by the end of the day, the Material Girl must have felt pretty confused herself when she tweeted this quote by James Baldwin: “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”
Suffice to say, it’s going to take a heck of a lot for Madonna to clean this mess up. And to think, after all she’s done to prove her love and respect for black culture in the past? Antonino Tati