In case you missed it, it was Madonna’s 60th birthday last week, and in true Madonna style, she celebrated by creating an Instagram s**t-storm. Though to be fair to her, I don’t think she meant to.
The singer had a massive party in Marrakech, and for the occasion, she donned a hot pink Gucci dress, which she accessorised with a traditional headdress, jewellery and coin belt. She posted another close-up picture on Instagram, as a tribute to the Berber culture (or Amazigh, an ethnic group of North America).
Unfortunately, whilst Madonna might have meant this as a compliment, she was soon accused of cultural appropriation in the comments.
One user commented, ‘Madonna is here. Not sure how she’s celebrating “Berber Culture” (the native people of Morocco are called Amazigh) by playing dress up and locking herself up in one of Marrakech’s most expensive boutique hotels that no “Berber” can actually afford to celebrate in, but OKAY.’
Another added, ‘so madonna is referring herself as a ” berber queen” ? the Disrespect’
Of course, Madonna’s never been shy of causing controversy with her outfit choices, and she’s previously said that she likes to be inspired by different cultures.
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