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Madonna's endorsement of President Obama cost her a few concertgoers this weekend. After the Material Girl told fans, "I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama," many fans booed her and several walked out of the concert.
She then attempted to appease those still at the concert by saying, "Seriously, I don't care who you vote for… Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote."
This is not the first time Madonna has made political comments that have gotten her into trouble with fans. In September she famously said, "Y'all better vote for [explicative] Obama, OK? For better or worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that's some amazing [explicative]."
She later corrected her comments and assured the public she 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," she said in a statement.
Madonna has been outspoken since the beginning of her career. Her political and social commentary has often been deemed tasteless or inappropriate at the time. For example, during a concert abroad, Madonna imposed an image of a swastika on Marine Le Pen's forehead, sparking international outrage.
That antic led to the French government saying she was unwelcome in their country and the threat of a lawsuit by Le Pen. Madonna defended herself by explaining that she "always likes to tell a story," on Brazilian TV.