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Madonna has spoken out on her Obama endorsement, which shocked some fans. The pop singer has said she was simply being "ironic" in calling on people to vote for the "black Muslim in the White House."
Madonna had already made her political allegiance well known when she revealed an Obama tattoo at one of her shows recently. She has left no one in doubt that she will be supporting President Barack Obama for re-election later this year.
She has been a very politically outspoken person in recent months also, sparking controversy by showing a French politician with a Nazi symbol at one of her concerts in France. That stunt caused fierce backlash, but the pop singer remained unapologetic.
Her latest comments about the "black Muslim in the White House" was made to fans at her MDNA concert in Washington DC on Monday.
The concert showed a strong worded video clip as Madonna touched on history and civil rights, before she demanded that fans "better vote for ******* Obama, OK? For better of for worse, alright, we have a black Muslim in the White House."
She continued her rant by saying, "Now that is some **** that means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, *******it."
Many found it difficult to tell whether Madonna was being serious, or sarcastic, or just simply confused. But her "Black Muslim" comments certainly got fans and people talking.
However, Madonna later emerged to explain her comments, saying in a statement that she was in fact 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," she said.
"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."