Earlier this week, iconic pop star Madonna posted an Instagram photo of her 2 Black children Mercy and David giving her a foot massage. Shortly after the photo was posted, talk show host Wendy Williams reposted the picture on her Facebook page & posed the question of whether or not people should take offense to the picture. To the surprise of some, many of the responses to her question included Black women defending Madonna’s photo.

For those that don’t know, Madonna adopted her 2 children Mercy and David from Malawi back in 2009 and has been raising them as her own ever since. Regardless of this fact, some of Madonna’s fans and the general public found it offensive that she would post the pic of them massaging her feet, but there were a host of Black & Latino women who said they found nothing wrong with the photo in response to Wendy Williams’ Facebook post. They flooded Wendy’s comments section in defense of Madonna.


Many of the women even criticized Wendy for posing the question in first place, rejecting the idea that the picture promoted any sense of white superiority and instead insisting that it should be seen as nothing more than a loving mother getting a foot rub from her kids.

What are your thoughts on this photo Clutchettes? Was Wendy grasping at straws for insinuating that it was inappropriate for Madonna to post the photo? Or should Black people, women in particular, be offended?

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  • Ugh, its disgusting shes making those children touch her nasty ass feet. Im sorry black or white that’s nasty. ( Cleveland voice)

    • dirtychai

      Cleveland voice, hahaha! I can hear it! I used to hate giving my mom foot rubs, so I feel for those kids. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with what she’s doing with her kids, except the fact that the image of young Black bodies servicing a White body is triggering.

    • ” except the fact that the image of young Black bodies servicing a White body is triggering.”

      You know it kinda is…but its not just that shes white its that its her, If it was Angelina or someone else maybe id be like oh ok, esp with her health issues.

    • dirtychai

      Yeah Madonna’s an @$$.

  • mmmdot

    Thanks to the psychotic racial ideology whites have spent 500
    years continuously spreading around the globe everywhere they go like the
    plague, we NOW live in a highly racialized white supremacist world. This is
    America: white supremacy is built into the very fabric of this country. True
    “color-blindness” would be nice, but racism exists as a fundamental
    thread that permeates every context of everyday life. EVERYTHING is about race,
    especially in America, which is the BIRTHPLACE of the white supremacy system.
    Reading Dr. Frank Wilderson’s work on the concept of Afro-Pessimism and the
    permanent non-human status of Black people means that I’m no longer
    “shocked” at the depravity of whites or any acts of savage,
    uncivilized violence or super-exploitation they engage in. No Black person, no
    matter HOW rich and powerful, is exempt from their anti social racism – not even the President. Period. So
    yes, this IS about race and white supremacy. If you feel it is, don’t second
    guess yourself. I can assure you that WHITES sure aren’t second guessing any of
    the dumb drivel they come up with about people of African descent or any of the
    unnecessary b.s. WE go through on a GLOBAL scale because of THEIR psychotic
    racial bigotry.

  • mmmdot

    Knowing what I know now, over time I’ve realized that when it comes to race and racism in THIS country, it pays: not to mince words, give the “benefit of the doubt”, “play devil’s advocate”, or question your instincts. If you think it’s racist, misogynistic, or reinforcing white supremacy – it PROBABLY is. Politeness? Don’t give fuck. When THEY, their white children, and their white children’s children, etc are relegated to a permanent non-human status, free or in chains – THEN they can talk. I’m not dumb. I’m very perceptive, and I typically know what I’m talking about when it comes to oppression. NO ONE is going to make feel, irrational, crazy, lazy, or stupid JUST for pointing out the truth.

  • Cheri

    Race baiting, that’s all that was. Shame on you, Wendy…but, it’s Wendy Williams, why are we even surprised?

  • resurrection

    Who really cares? Why would you post your children (white, blue, black, or pink) giving you a foot massage? If you were seriously ill and wished to show that you were being cared for or comforted. Otherwise? No purpose. No telling what they do that is not shown.