Madonna’s Orlando Tribute Gets Slammed as Self-Promotion

Singer’s photo of 2003 kiss with Britney Spears leaves bad taste in Twitter users’ mouths

Last Updated: June 14, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

Madonna can’t seem to catch a break with her tributes these days.

After generally underwhelming the world with her Prince tribute at the Billboard Music Awards, the former Material Girl has been savaged for her tribute to the victims of the terrorist siege at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend.

On Sunday, Madonna posted the message, “Stop Hate. Stop Violence.” The message was accompanied by a photo of her infamous kiss with Britney Spears at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. The photo was emblazoned with the words, “Gay or straight no hate.”

The message didn’t go over well with a number of Twitter users, who saw the post as an attempt by the singer to make the tragedy all about her.

“Are you serious right now? This isn’t about you and your fake ass kiss for publicity. I would think you’d know better,” one critic hissed, adding that “the pic was completely unnecessary and self promoting.”

Another naysayer suggested, “@Madonna let’s hit that ‘log out’ button now mom.”

“Hunny…. why…?” another asked.

“Expected better from you, actually,” yet another critic lamented.

“Way to capatililze [sic] on the lgbtqa community with ‘bisexuality, I kissed a girl for momentary gain’ Katy perry bullshit. over it,” went another critique.

The singer appears to have picked up on the collective outcry. Subsequent tweets from her account contained similar messages of support for the Orlando victims — accompanied by photos of people who aren’t her.