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Madonna Ignites Intense Instagram Debate Over “Racist” Picture



A photograph posted by Madonna on Instagram is stirring up controversy. The picture in question shows the pop legend receiving a foot massage from her two adopted children: Mercy and David.

An image of two African children giving a 50-year-old White woman a foot massage didn’t sit well with a lot of folks.

“F*ck you got Black kids rubbin’ ya feet for? Better put them White children to work … with their lazy privileged a**es” one person commented. “Madonna … wow! You have an army of African children to rub your feet? What else do they do for you? This is how they earn their keep?” someone else questioned.

Not everyone saw the image above as symbolism for indentured servitude.

“If it were White kids, it would just be a normal picture right? … My kids rub my feet because they see their dad do it. Nothing wrong with a kid rubbing their mother’s feet, doesnt matter the color, they look happy,” another commenter fired back. “Racist people see racism in everything. I see a mother and her children. You people are sick,” another follower added.

What do you all think of the picture? Are people getting bent of shape over nothing, or is their outrage justified?

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  1. Antonio Beardall

    July 14, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Racist people do see racism in everything. How can you want her white kids to do it when Lourdes if off at school? Maybe Rocco was not at home? Bunch of idiots. Why must people ALWAYS find something hateful in something so innocent? Or is this, once again, another “Let’s hate on Madonna” bandwagon?

    • Imani

      July 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      “Racist people see racism in everything?” HOW does that make any SENSE?? You sound like an IDIOT, and the ONLY REASON you don’t see anything racist, is because it’s not being targeted at YOU! Noone is hopping on a STUPID wagon. People are actually hurt..

      • Antonio Beardall

        July 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        I usually never reply to these things, but in your case I figured I would make an exception, but you are just, quite simply, a dumbass. Who got hurt in this pic? Did THIS pic incite riots? Are the children being exploited? Are they slaves? Who is hurt? Enlighten us all by telling us, just how, 2 kids giving their mother a footrub, are hurt? Once again, racist idiots will find racism where there is none. Apparently, Imani, you are guilty of that. Take your soapbox somewhere and tackle issues that DO exist. Idiot.

        • Imani

          July 20, 2015 at 4:57 PM

          Looooooooooool oh man you’re a total mess! Obviously people are hurt if there is controversy and angry comments over the photo. Quit acting dumbfounded like you don’t know HISTORY! If riots aren’t being started, then people aren’t hurt?…You sound foolish! And also, I never said the photo was racist dumb a**. I said it could be viewed as offensive. People are racist for finding things offensive in a photo?? People are racist for finding things offensive?????? Research what “racist” means, and you tell me who’s truely racist!

          …..btw I won’t read anything you reply after this comment I post. Enjoy arguing with yourself. Dismissed.

  2. Imani

    July 14, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    What mother brags to the PUBLIC that her children are rubbing her FEET? She knew what she was doing when she put that photo up! How can you not see that the photo could be OFFENSIVE? You don’t know HISTORY? QUIT ACTING DUMB! Im not suprised that the ones who are defending the photo are calling the people hurt and offended racist. Anyone that ENSLAVES or OPPRESSES a group of people because of their SKIN COLOR should not be allowed to label ANYONE RACIST BESIDES THEMSELVES!

    • Antonio Beardall

      July 19, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Seem like you are one of the only ones with a problem here. Perhaps you have your own racist issues. It is a pic of a mother and her kids, why must race be an issue? YOU make it an issues. She did not, her kids did not, it is people LIKE you who will forever find fault and racist tones in anything that exists. A simple pic of bonding turns in racism. Did you see her new video? Her son dances in it, is that using him there too? I dunno, maybe her having Beyonce in there too was a form of racism, and Chris Rock. Gee wow!

      • Imani

        July 20, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        I never said the photo was racist. I said it can be viewed as offensive. Read before you reply please.

    • matleyrho

      July 27, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      Only if people see something wrong with a mum getting some TLC from her children.

      How can people see anything bad with it? It’s a FAMILY. How can she be racist when she’s given half her fortune to Malawi, was the first to show a black Jesus (and kiss his feet by the way) etc…

      Get over it! Madonna does not think in terms of differences, but of unity.

      Maybe we should all think like that?

  3. Allen Saint James

    July 15, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    What is it about Madonna that people have such a problem with? When I was growing up she was the main if not the only white chick showcasing alot of black culture and giving it it’s credit. Folks are always looking for something. Bashing a game changer like Madonna is passe’ at best. Ageism racism sexism at its worst

  4. ivyleaguer

    July 16, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    my sister and I used to rub our mother’s feet only difference was we’re all black.

    • Imani

      July 19, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      I bet your mother took pictures of the act and posted the photos on social media too right?……..

      • Antonio Beardall

        July 19, 2015 at 8:32 PM

        You are too stupid for words.

        • Imani

          July 20, 2015 at 5:22 PM

          Whitey mad!

  5. Jerome T Miner

    July 18, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    “Ignites Intense Debate”, in who’s mind. So sick of the media and its made up crap…

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