Perhaps you heard: last week, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped surprise album Everything Is Love, and a glossy Louvre-set music video for lead single “Apesh*t.”
This weekend, Madonna Insta’d a photo from Everything Is Love, feature Bey and J admiring paintings on the wall of the world’s largest art museum… only Madonna replaced all the paintings in the pic with her own album covers, including True Blue, Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Erotica.
The caption read: “Learning from the master…………..lol. #art #equals #freedom."
Was M just having some fun, or was she intending to shade one of today’s reigning queens of pop?
Many Bey fans were outraged. It must be said, there’s some validity to criticizing Madge for posting a picture of two black entertainers looking at a white “Master.”
Was this maybe just a little bit tone deaf? This wouldn’t be the first time Madge’s judgment hasn’t been spot-on. Leading up to the release of her last album Rebel Heart, she appropriated the likenesses of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., which led to an understandable uproar prompting an apology from the Queen of Pop.
Maybe some of the feedback about her Beyoncé and Jay-Z post got to Madonna, because she edited the post… twice. Now the caption merely reads
In the past, public relations between M and B have been generally amicable.
In 2013, in the wake of her first surprise, self-titled album, Beyoncé said,“I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire.”
In 2015, Madonna told Andy Cohen in the pages of Entertainment Weekly:
“[Beyoncé] is a great performer and she puts on a show.”