Charges of cultural appropriation aren’t new to Madonna. The woman who holds the distinction as the best-selling female artist of all time previously came under fire for co-opting black and Latino drag-ball culture for 1990’s hit single “Vogue.” She also tried her hand at faux rapping. After collaborating with Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Babyface, and 2Pac, how does she respond to accusations of appropriating black culture for profit?
“Oh, they can kiss my ass,” she told the Huffington Post in a recent interview. “I’m not appropriating anything. I’m inspired and I’m referencing other cultures. That is my right as an artist. They said Elvis Presley stole African-American culture. That’s our job as artists, to turn the world upside down and make everyone feel bewildered and have to rethink everything.”
In terms of the Elvis reference, Little Richard originally recorded the hit song “Tutti Fruity.” As was practice at the time, his hit was “covered” by the likes of Pat Boone and Elvis Presley.
You can read the full Madonna feature at The Huffington Post.