Everyone's giving out about Madonna's 'disrespectful' Aretha Franklin tribute

Aretha Franklin in 2015

Aretha Franklin in 2015 Credit AFP

Madonna took to the stage at Monday night's MTV Video Music Awards to pay tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin, but her eulogy has provoked quite the backlash online as commentators pointed out she concentrated on her own journey to stardom.

But as she continued, it became an, uh, interesting story much more about Madonna and much less about Aretha - immediately after which, Madge transitioned awkwardly and presented the Video of the Year nominees and victor. As one Twitter user Darlene26811165 so eloquently put it: "Aretha in heaven sitting on her throne looking down at Madonna like Bitch did You die or me?"

MTV asked Madonna to honour Franklin, who died on 16 August, during her introduction for the video of the year victor announcement. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the Queen", Madonna added.

"There's so much more to do and I know in my heart the future is even brighter", she said as she received the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award for her lifetime contributions to pop culture.

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. "I thought Madonna was supposed to be paying homage to Aretha but all I heard was her paying homage to herself".

"After the show, my manager said my career was over", she said with a sinister smirk.

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Eventually, Madonna tried to connect the dots of her story and Franklin's unparalleled legacy. "Madonna has been entitled + gentrifying [black] things for a LONG time", she tweeted.

But a flurry of viewers took to Twitter to complain about the attempted tribute. Madonna's VMAs posts, including one that mentioned the hashtags "respect" and "arethafranklin", racked up hundreds of comments after the awards show. Most of the tribute to Franklin, however, was spent explaining the early origins of Madonna's career. I blurted out, 'You make me feel.' Silence.

"She led me where I am today. @MTV our handsome black queen deserves better", wrote one user.

"It wasn't until I had two little angels come into my life, that everything changed.my whole life became clearer in every way", she said of her children. "You are my macho, and I love you".

Nerve sweat? They said, 'We will call you one day.

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