Madonna: Vote for 'black Muslim' Obama

2012-09-26 08:28
Los Angeles - Pop star Madonna said on Tuesday she was being deliberately "ironic on stage" when she erroneously referred to President Barack Obama during her concert in the nation's capital as a "black Muslim".

A video clip posted on YouTube by audience members at the Verizon Centre in downtown Washington captured the 54-year-old singer delivering a rousing, profanity-laced political speech about freedom during her show on Monday.

"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," Madonna said.

Obama, campaigning to be re-elected on November 6, is widely known to be a practicing Christian.

'I don't care what religion Obama is'

Responding to a media furor unleashed by the YouTube video, Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday through her spokesperson saying her reference to Obama's religion was facetious.

"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," she said.

Since Obama's first presidential run in 2008, fringe groups and a smattering of opponents have espoused rumours that he is secretly a Muslim, similar to persistent but unfounded assertions by some political foes that he was born outside the United States.

Grabbing headlines

Madonna has been outspoken in her support of the president, going so far as to rip off her shirt during recent concerts to reveal the word "OBAMA" inked across her lower back.

On the North American leg of a concert tour in support of her latest studio album, MDNA, the singer has been grabbing headlines with a recent series of onstage antics.

During one of her Paris concerts in July, Madonna landed in hot water with France's far right National Front party after screening footage of party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her face. The National Front said it would sue the star.

In August, Madonna spoke out at concerts in Russia in support of gay rights and the jailed members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot.

Watch Madonna's speech on stage here:



Comments

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-26 08:57

    One God...one Jesus Christ...one religion

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-26 09:11

      No gods, No messiahs. There is no authority except for yourself.

      merven.halo - 2012-09-26 09:39

      Luke, I'm your father...

      Hein Van Wyk - 2012-09-26 09:40

      @ classwar.trotsky your ignorant

      jako.merwe - 2012-09-26 09:41

      amen

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-26 09:41

      @Hein : 'Your ignorant'??? My ignorant what? Do you, in your own ignorance, not know the difference between your and you're?? Remove the log from your own eye, christian.

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-26 09:50

      You must find it difficult, those of you who have taken authority as the truth, rather than the truth as authority.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-26 09:58

      One god? Nope, there are three, who are one, who are joined by the adams apple or the rectum or something. There is a religion with hundreds of denominations and cults. There are over a billion christians who all have different interpretations of their holey (deliberate mis-spelling) word.

      John - 2012-09-26 10:09

      I fully understand why "classwar" feels the wasy he does. Heck, religion seems to be the root of many evils, let alone the love of money. When the time is right, the big man will knock on your door and present himself to you in a real and life-changing way. Be well...

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-26 09:49

    There is only one God. And one faith. Proudly Christian. Always. There is no other God.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-26 10:07

      There is one idiot. With one nose, being led by it by an ancient cult. One narrow-minded tunnel vision. No imagination or thought of his owm. At least some muslims will get virgins when they die. Some Hindus will come back as another organism. Athiests will fertilise the soil for future generations. You will either burn at satan's braai or sit around singing latin songs for a 3-in1 dictator (with the emphasis on dic).

      classwar.trotsky - 2012-09-26 10:13

      JESUS DIED FOR HIS OWN SINS. NOT MINE.

  • msturmair - 2012-09-26 10:25

    religion / politics / music / sport dont mix......each has its own identity.....once u mix them - trouble in paradise.....

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-26 12:59

    Is this stringy old bonebag still performing?

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