Pop superstar Madonna is clarifying her recent comment during a Washington D.C. concert describing President Obama as a “black Muslim,” saying she was poking a little fun at voters who doggedly believe the president is Muslim despite his repeated professions that he is a Christian.
“I was being ironic on stage,” the singer said in a statement issued by a spokeswoman and first reported by the New York Post. “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,” she added. “I don’t care what religion Obama is — nor should anyone else in America.”
During the Washington concert earlier this week, Madonna urged voters to get out and voted for Mr. Obama, saying, “For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House!”
But liberals weren’t exactly thanking their lucky stars over the Material Girl’s politically tone-deaf endorsement.
A blogger at ThinkProgress said the pop diva’s statements are an illustration of why celebrities can make powerful spokesmen, but also why they are “at risk of going terrifyingly off-message.”
After hearing Madonna’s explanation that she was only kidding, the blogger, Alyssa Rosenberg, said the singer needs to work on her comic delivery.
“And it still doesn’t take into account that she seems kind of unaware that it’s the sort of joke that counts as pretty unhelpful,” Ms. Rosenberg wrote.