Madonna Endorses Obama as “Black Muslim” During Performance
Leave it to Madonna to always provide something shocking for her audiences to ponder whenever she is performing.
Not only is the popular singer sporting a President Obama tattoo on her back during the past few weeks, she recently asked audience members to vote for the incumbent president in the upcoming November elections because he is a “Black Muslim” in the White House.
“Y’all better vote for f–king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing s–t,” she said. “It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.”
Most of the concert-goers responded with positive cheers to her pronouncement, although Barack Obama is not a Muslim, although almost one in five Americans believe that he is. Critics and fans alike were left confused over Madonna’s comments.
Were they a sincere political endorsement from an entertainer who is simply misinformed about Obama’s Muslim ties? Or were they a clever bit of sarcasm injected into a performance by one of the world’s best self-promoters and marketers? Or maybe just a balance for another point of controvery in her show, the use of a swastika in a video showing French conservative Marine Le Pen.
On Wednesday the singer released a statement attempting to ad some clarity to her comments.
“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? 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.”