"It was all about intention..."

Madonna has always been outspoken, always flirted close to the egde of what’s acceptable.

However a social media post on Friday night (January 17th) appears to have landed the singer in hot water. Placing a photograph of her son Rocco on Instagram, Madonna used the hashtag ‘#thisnigga’ – an action which caused a near immediate outcry from fans.

Altering the post, Madonna then used a subsequent hashtag along with the introduction “OK, let’s try this again...”

This wasn’t enough to placate onlookers, though, which repeatedly took umbrage with the pop icon’s use of what most would judge to be a racial slur.

Deleting the post entirely, Madonna then issued a statement through her agent: “I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the 'n-word'," she said in a statement issued on Saturday.

"It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word." (via BBC)

Continuing, Madonna said “please before me” before expanding on the post. "It was all about intention. It was used as a term of endearment toward my son who is white”.

"I appreciate that it's a provocative word and I apologize if it gave people the wrong impression."

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