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Madonna says she was being 'ironic' in calling Obama a Muslim

Published on Sep 26, 2012 11:46 AM
Madonna performs at the MDNA North America Tour Opener at the Wells Fargo Centre on Aug 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Madonna urged Americans to support President Barack Obama during her concert in Washington on Monday night but incorrectly referred to him as a Muslim in her comments. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Pop star Madonna said on Tuesday she was being deliberately "ironic on stage" when she erroneously referred to United States (US) 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 Center 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 Mr Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man," Madonna said.

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

Responding to a media furor unleashed by the YouTube video, Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday through her spokesman saying her reference to Obama's religion was facetious. "I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Mr 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 Mr Obama is - nor should anyone else in America,"

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