Published September 26, 2012
Isn’t it ironic?
Madonna insists her reference to President Barack Obama as a “black Muslim” is.
During a Monday show at Washington D.C.’s Verizon Center, Madge turned political for an on-stage four-more-years pitch, defending fallen leaders like Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. while making a plea for freedom to her cheering crowd.
“Now, it’s so amazing and incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House,” she said. “We have a black Muslim in the White House … it means there is hope in this country, and Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man.”
But the 54-year-old pop star is standing by her seemingly erroneously statement about Obama — widely acknowledged as a practicing Christian — after it sparked backlash, saying the controversial comment was just facetious.
What was her explanation?
“I was being ironic on stage,” she said in a statement issued via her spokeswoman. “Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim — though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is.”
“And what if he were?” she reasoned. “The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don’t care what religion Obama is — nor should anyone else in America.”
Madonna has not be shy about voicing her support of Obama’s reelection, evening displaying a tattoo on her lower back on Monday reading, “OBAMA.”