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?
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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