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Madonna Says She Was Being 'Ironic' in Calling Obama a Muslim

Madonna issued a clarification last night to remarks she made on stage in Washington D.C. this week.

Muslim_madonnaSaid Madge to a stadium of concertgoers: "Now, it's so amazing and incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House ... 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."

She issued this statement last night:

"I was being ironic on stage. 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."

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  1. Does she honestly have to clarify that statement? Has America completely lost its grasp of the painfully obvious?!?!

    Posted by: MT | Sep 26, 2012 11:31:36 AM


  2. madonna has become an idiot. she has grown to be LESS wise every decade. stupid, insensitive joke/comment at this present time. VERY bad choice with national and international implications.

    Posted by: kenrick | Sep 26, 2012 11:41:35 AM


  3. Madonna, Stop talking politically unless you want to go into politics. In addition to your fans being a tad touched in the head, the press is only ever going to take your on-stage one liners and run with them. It makes you sound like this horrible person, touring the world to tweet your current bombastic thoughts with no intention of follow through.

    @MT, Yeah kinda. I think we just gotta adapt though. If you say anything ironic or joking or bombastic in an arena (including the internet) you can assume a couple of things, one of them is that 40-90% of people will not get it, think you are saying the opposite or rail against you no matter what. People suck and internet people take the cake.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 26, 2012 11:41:43 AM


  4. Madonna, Stop talking politically unless you want to go into politics. In addition to your fans being a tad touched in the head, the press is only ever going to take your on-stage one liners and run with them. It makes you sound like this horrible person, touring the world to tweet your current bombastic thoughts with no intention of follow through.

    @MT, Yeah kinda. I think we just gotta adapt though. If you say anything ironic or joking or bombastic in an arena (including the internet) you can assume a couple of things, one of them is that 40-90% of people will not get it, think you are saying the opposite or rail against you no matter what. People suck and internet people take the cake.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 26, 2012 11:41:45 AM


  5. well, duh.

    the only people who were confused by this are complete and utter idiots.
    like Sherri Shepherd, who felt Madonna wasn't "clear" about being ironic. Yeah, well, Sherri isn't sure if the world is round or flat, so....


    p.s. madge, this concert tour has ROCKED. thank you!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 26, 2012 11:46:19 AM


  6. MT : Obviously that's the case. On every gay blog guys were screaming that she went senile, thinking she was serious.

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 26, 2012 12:14:03 PM


  7. The only "touched in the head" is FENROX. Why insult Madonna fans for something she said? You're mean-spirited.

    Posted by: FernLaPlante | Sep 26, 2012 12:20:53 PM


  8. "the only people who were confused by this are complete and utter idiots."

    You're right, Little Kiwi, and for Madonna's audience the sarcastic joke was fine. The problem is that for many Americans being a "Black Muslim" is worse than being a "Muslim". Black Muslims are associated the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan--out of Chicago. The Obama Campaign might not be too comfortable with the joke. Glenn Beck would love it.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 26, 2012 12:31:40 PM


  9. Sorry Derrick, but I don't think most gays were associating black Muslims with the homophobic Farrakhan, in THIS case. You give gays too much credit. I just think they're too stupid to distinguish between sarcastic and serious.

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 26, 2012 12:34:51 PM


  10. Dear Madge:

    Thank you for clearing that up.

    Now, please shut up and retire.

    We're tired of you.

    Love,
    A Devoted Fan

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 26, 2012 12:42:45 PM


  11. You all sound like the people who told the Dixie Chicks to shut up and sing.

    At least people paid to hear Madonna talk whilst you all scurried to your laptops to complain about her. Congratulations. Your moral superiority is astonishing.

    Posted by: SamIAM | Sep 26, 2012 12:49:08 PM


  12. people can say what they want about madonna (even i have been unimpressed by her lately) but one thing she is not is stupid. it was obvious she was being ironic, even if 99% of americans didn't get it.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 26, 2012 12:59:09 PM


  13. Joe, she probably should have rolled her eyes harder when she said "..black Muslim.." Then even the most dimwitted gay fan would have known she was being sarcastic (I hope).

    Posted by: Yupp | Sep 26, 2012 1:04:52 PM


  14. "Ironic"? I don't think so...Sarcastic, definitely. Either way, you have to have a head made of stone not to immediately see what she was doing there...

    Posted by: Natamaxxx | Sep 26, 2012 1:11:33 PM


  15. I don't understand how a bunch of catty queens have so much hate in them, in every single M post. I mean really, is this what your life has come to.

    Posted by: Raheem | Sep 26, 2012 1:12:46 PM


  16. I still love you Madge! but next time maybe choose your words a little more carefully.

    Posted by: Kucklehead | Sep 26, 2012 1:35:33 PM


  17. Hasn't Russia thrown this idiotic slag in a Siberian gulag yet?

    Posted by: Uisce | Sep 26, 2012 2:05:52 PM


  18. Gotta love the eternal moronic comments like JAMAL49's above:

    "Now, please shut up and retire.

    We're tired of you."

    Just who are "we", Jamal? You and a friend? And should Madonna really retire just to satisfy you two? Because clearly millions still like her. They buy her records, and buy tickets to see her live. Her career is doing well still, but of course, you know better.

    Moronic indeed...

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Sep 26, 2012 3:48:07 PM


  19. Look, I'm one of the most dedicated fans you'll ever meet and the notion that what she said was "clearly" ironic or sarcastic is not true. She can claim that what she said was ironic but, in the context of everything else she was saying, it makes no sense to be ironic. It's out of place and that's where it became confusing. If her entire speech was about how it didn't matter that someone was muslim, then yes, the statement could fit. But when you're championing the fact that we have a black man in the white house, it doesn't follow suit. It simply MAKES NO SENSE. It's a completely separate idea that had no place in her speech.

    Posted by: Kevin B | Sep 26, 2012 4:20:26 PM


  20. More desperate attention seeking behavior, what she's relied on her entire career to generate interest and mask what isn't there namely a voice. 'Look at me' 'Look at me' indeed.


    Posted by: Molc | Sep 26, 2012 4:27:00 PM


  21. God, she's so irritating now. Her "jokes" are lame and fall flat and nobody wants to hear about politics at a concert; people want to hear music. So either shut up and perform or don't bother touring. Talk your poltics crap during your own time.

    Posted by: Old Pig | Sep 26, 2012 4:28:05 PM


  22. It's her delivery. Face it: she's no good when she SPEAKS. Which is partly why she'll never have an acting career.

    (The other part? She has no real EMPATHY.)

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Sep 26, 2012 5:46:09 PM


  23. Why can't people, this pop singer included, grasp the simple difference between "irony" and "satire?" Buy a dictionary, Madge.

    Posted by: Pat | Sep 26, 2012 5:51:04 PM


  24. If she bought a dictionary, this would be the first entry for "irony":

    i·ro·ny1    [ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-] Show IPA
    noun, plural i·ro·nies.
    1.
    the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.

    Lines up pretty well with what she did. Now here's me being ironic:

    All you "buy a dictionary" people are SO SMART and INFORMED!

    Posted by: jd | Sep 26, 2012 9:49:27 PM


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