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Madonna Apologizes for Racial Slur on Instagram

'There's no way to defend the use of the word,' singer says

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January 18, 2014 7:31 PM ET

Madonna sent out an apology on Saturday after sparking off a furor by using a racial slur in the caption of an Instagram photo of her son. 

As Billboard reports, the singer had posted a photo of her 13-year-old son Rocco Ritchie sparring in a boxing ring on Friday. She captioned the photo, "No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out! #disn---a." Shortly after receiving a flood of criticism for her word choice, Madonna re-posted the photo with a defiant new caption: "Ok let me start this again. #get off my dick haters!"

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By Saturday, she had deleted the photo from Instagram altogether and posted a note that was considerably more contrite, while insisting that she had used the slur as a term of endearment.

"I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram," she wrote. "It was not meant as a racial slur.. I am not a racist. There's no way to defend the use of the word. 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.  Forgive me." 

She added another note in the caption to the new post: "MY job is to inspire and bring people together . My message has always been about tolerance and non judgement. The last thing I want to do is bring chaos or cause separation in anyway. #revolutionoflove"

In other Madonna news, the Los Angeles Times reports that the pop star is expected to appear at the Grammy Awards show on January 26th, contributing guest vocals to a performance by one of the award nominees.

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