This morning, however, she took a measured approach to the situation and Instagrammed an apology.
As we've noted before, Instagram has become something of a digital beer summit. It's led to conversations about everything from anorexia, income inequality, and the plight of endangered animals to the glory of Cheerlebrities and the agony of Belfies.
It's unclear what lesson we might learn from Madonna's decision to call her white son a racial epithet, but if any force can suss it out, it's the internet.
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