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Did Madonna Use ’Gay’ Offensively?

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Apr 24, 2014
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A new report by the British newspaper the Independent points out Madonna has come under fire after playing a word association game on BuzzFeed this week, where the Queen of Pop may have used the word "gay" offensively.

BuzzFeed asked the pop star to give her opinion on "10 completely random things," including Crocs, Instagram, Fannypacks, guacamole and Pussy Riot.

But when presented with the word "kale," Madonna wrote "gay" and some believe she used the word negatively to describe the leafy green. She also used "gay" when asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin, who signed the controversial "homosexual propaganda" bill into law last year.

As the Independent reports, a number of BuzzFeed readers took issue with the Material Girls’ response.

"I am surprised she is using the word ’gay’ as an insult. I thought she was more sensitive than that," one user commented.

"Madonna is as culturally sensitive as a bull in a china shop. Really. She puts her foot in her mouth constantly," another wrote.

"I love how everyone is freaking out about how Madonna hates Guacamole but no one seems to care she used ’gay’ as a derogatory statement not once but TWICE," another said.

Some readers also took issue with Madonna’s description to Hillary Clinton, who called the possible presidential candidate "angry."

Despite, the negative comments, a number of readers said they thought the feature was funny - though, many were pretty upset Madonna does not like guacamole.

When describing Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, the singer wrote, "Inspiring, infuriating, beautiful." She also described tennis as "rich people sport," and Jell-O shots as "white trash sport."

You can check out the full article here.

Madonna was criticized earlier this year for using the N-word in an Instagram caption for a photo of her son Rocco.

"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N-word on Instagram," she said. "It was not meant as a racial slur ... I am not a racist."

Comments

  • Unbreakable1, 2014-04-24 15:15:47

    OMG if any of you had half a brain you would know that Madonna has been one of our strongest supporters. I probably would have said gay when associating it with kale. It’s big in the gay community for those of us that are healthy eaters. She’s not a racist nor homophobic. All of you younger than 25, get off your high-horse


  • Lvng1Tor, 2014-04-24 19:46:00

    I’m 41, a big Madonna fan, gay and male. I’ve got more than half a brain and I think Madonna should have used better judgement. Are you really trying to play it like Madge really called kale "gay" because gays really like kale? Seriously? It was dumb and an attempt to "take back" a word she has no right to "take back". I’m not giving her a pass because of the past. It’s like saying since I’ve gotten fucked by black guys I can freely use the "N" word. NOPE! She was attempting to sound young and came off just dumb. "Gay" is used as an insult when used the way she did. I know (or am pretty sure)she isn’t secretly homophobic and has been a fervent ally of the LGBTQ community. Lets face it though, we in the community made her very very wealthy and as much as we are thankful to her.....we gave her the voice. We’re owed a bit more respect.


  • Anonymous, 2014-04-25 21:55:58

    hmmm, her gay fans are angry about this but will fork out hundreds per concert ticket to line Mitt Romney’s pockets? Bain Capital, Mitt Romney’s company owns Live Nation, Clear Channel, and Warner Music Group thus when she tours and takes in millions so does the church of the Mormons as Mitt Romney is their organizations main funding source as he gives them millions. The song "Vogue" is a knock off from a Malcolm McLaren song titled "Deep In Vogue".


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