Madge posted a photo of her son Rocco boxing in the ring with the caption: “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disni**a.” She quickly removed the image, and then uploaded it again with a different, less offensive caption. It was too late, however. The damage had been done. The Internet ran wild with a screen shot of the “Material Girl”‘s initial post. So wild, in fact, that Madonna has issued an apology on the subject.
“I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram,” she said in a statement released via her Instagram on Saturday (Jan. 18.) “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 … 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. Forgive me.”
Madonna has been learning the hard way that what she puts up on Twitter, can lead to a lot of hate mail. Prior to the N-word incident, Madge posted a photo of her teenage son and two underage friends brandishing bottles of liquor that read: “The party has just begun! Bring it! 2014.” She was forced to explain the photo to her fans. “No one was drinking we were just having fun! Calm down and get a sense of humor!” she responded. “Don’t start the year off with judgement!”