Names and faces

Posted: January 20, 2014 at 3:47 a.m.

Madonna apologized Saturday for using a racial slur on Instagram to refer to her son, seeking forgiveness a day after calling those who criticized her language “haters.” On Friday night, the singer posted a picture of her 13-year-old son, Rocco, boxing and included the comment, “No one messes with Dirty Soap! Mama said knock you out!” She then added a variation of the N-word. She quickly deleted the comment when other Instagram users berated her for the use of the word, although she was initially defiant. But in a statement to The Associated Press, a contrite Madonna said, “Forgive me. I am sorry if I offended anyone with my use of the N word on Instagram. It was not meant as a racial slur. I am not a racist.

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