Several people have been honoring the late Aretha Franklin, also known as the Queen of Soul, after her death on August 17 after battling pancreatic cancer.
One of them was Madonna, who did so at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 20. Even though it was expected to be a touching and heartfelt moment, several people consider that the Queen of Pop made everything about herself.
The tribute began with a video of Franklin performing “I Say a Little Prayer” by Dionne Warwick. After that, Madonna started talking about how Franklin influenced her music career.
She revealed that she left Detroit at the age of 18 with nothing but $35 in her pockets. While her dream was to become a dancer, she was having troubles to make ends meet.
After telling that she went to several auditions for musical theater and how many times she got rejected, she finally made a connection with Franklin, saying that none of that could have happened without “our lady of soul.”
Soon after that, the Internet started making fun of Madonna. Kandi Burruss, best known for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” was one of them. She used her Instagram Story to address Madonna’s tribute, and she held nothing back.
In the video shared by The Shade Room, the TV star appeared laying on a bed while talking to the camera.
“Did Madonna just tell that long ass [expletive] story to say ‘thank you’ to Aretha? She made that whole thing about her when it should have just been about Aretha Franklin,” pointed out Burruss.
Apart from her, Twitter users, including @MarcSnetiker, talked about the tribute. He said that Madonna presented Franklin’s tribute “featuring Madonna with Madonna and Madonna as ‘Madonna.’”
Brittny Pierre chimed in and said that the Queen of Pop gave herself a tribute, followed by a gif od Franklin looking at the camera while blinking a several times.
As news.com.au reported, it is not the first time that Madonna has done something similar while making tributes to late stars.
In the 2009 VMAs, she was in charge of honoring Michael Jackson. However, she talked a lot about herself, too. Later, her tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Awards was labeled as “flat and dreary.”