Justin Timberlake Calls Madonna His "Ninja" on Her Birthday, Sparks Twitter Outrage

Celebrity News Aug. 18, 2014 AT 9:45AM
Justin Timberlake and Madonna Justin Timberlake found himself in hot water after calling Madonna his "mother chucking ninja" on Twitter in honor of her 56th birthday Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage.com; Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

Justin Timberlake found himself the target of widespread Twitter outrage this weekend when he allegedly sent Madonna a birthday tweet calling her his "mother chucking ninja." Followers quickly pounced on him for his use of the phrase, which is sometimes understood as an alternate way of saying "mother f---ing n---a."

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The tweet, which has since been deleted, reportedly read: "A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!"

Users took him to task immediately after it was posted, responding with tweets like, "I just ended my relationship w/Justin," and "Get Justin Timberlake the f--k out of here." 

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As Grantland pointed out in 2012, "ninja" has been used in the past by other stars, too. Katy Perry, for example, substituted it when she covered Kanye West's "N----s in Paris" during a Radio 1 performance that year.

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No doubt because of the outrage, Timberlake deleted his birthday message to his "4 Minutes" duet partner Madonna, who turned 56 on Saturday, Aug. 16. One day later, he retweeted a message from Matt Morris about the events in Ferguson: "The world is watching #Ferguson. [And we pray.]"

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