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Um, Madonna: Are you serious?
Fans and non-fans alike have asked that question a million times over the course of the star’s long and legendary career, and it’s relevant once again this week.
In Washington, D.C. for her “MDNA Tour” on Monday (Sept. 24) night, she riled the crowd as part of an extended political speech that included this gem: "Y'all better vote for f--king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that's some amazing s--t. It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, godd--nit."
Her remarks also included opinions on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and a historical outline of civil rights in America up through President Barack Obama’s election, according to The Huffington Post.
As a longtime Obama supporter, it’s hard to believe Madonna could be among those who erroneously suspect the president is Muslim. So we assume she meant to take a sarcastic jab at those who think he is -- or she simply wanted to continue the thread of high-shock-value performances that have marked (or more to the point, defined) her career and, in particular, this tour.
The “MDNA Tour” has been filled with controversy long before this week. Before it even began, the singer upset Lady Gaga’s fans when rehearsal video of a medley of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” and Gaga’s “Born This Way” surfaced in which she seemed to accuse Gaga of stealing her style. She later doubled down on that assessment when she told Brazilian TV, "I'm a really big fan of [‘Born This Way’]. I'm glad that I helped Gaga write it,” according to MTV News.
She also wielded fake weapons on stage in Israel -- a region plagued by war -- while calling for world peace. She brandished those same dummy weapons in Scotland, too, even though local police warned her not to because of gun control laws enacted following a school massacre there in 1996. Making matters worse, the concert in Scotland took place just days after the massacre at a Colorado movie theater in her home country. (Sensitive much?)
Oh, and she’s been showing off parts of her naked body here and there around the world tour, too. But all of that sounds about right.
Madonna’s so-called support of the president while visiting the nation’s capital is actually far from it. When fans of the president take actions that perpetrate stereotypes -- even if done in jest -- it only adds fuel to the overwhelming ignorance swirling around this election cycle.
After all, this is an era of sound bites. “Muslim” may be the only message some people receive -- and it’s plainly not true.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and iVillage’s Chief Election News Blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.