Madonna is getting a lot of flak for her rambling VMAs speech about Aretha Franklin -- but she's not taking the criticism lying down.
Madge logged onto Instagram to punch back, writing, "I was asked to present Video of the Year by MTV! And then they asked me to share any anecdotes I had in my career connected to Aretha Franklin! I shared a part of my journey and thanked Aretha for inspiring me along the way. I did not intend to do a tribute to her! That would be impossible in two minutes with all the noise and tinsel of an award show. Unfortunately most people have short attention spans, and are so quick to judge."