Madonna has been criticised for describing kale as “gay”.

Fans were quick to pick up the singer’s use of the word in a negative context.

The 55-year-old Material Girl was taking part in a Buzzfeed word association game when she labelled the leafy green vegetable as “gay”.

One fan wrote: “Saying kale is ‘gay’ is meant to convey that she doesn’t like it, so it is an insult. I am SO TIRED of people using ‘gay’ in a negative context.”

Another added: “Madonna is as culturally sensitive as a bull in a china shop. Really. She puts her foot in her mouth constantly.”

However, Abe Gurko, from Los Angeles, defended the pop icon and tweeted: “Madonna gets heat from gays for calling kale gay. Really? The gay community is way too sensitive and needs to stop acting so gay.”

In other food-related news Madonna described Guacamole as “gross germs”.