Madonna has responded to the backlash she has received this week after she embarked on a rant during a show on her 'MDNA' Tour, in which she described President Barack Obama as a "black Muslim."
The 'Girl Gone Wild' hitmaker was performing in Washington on Monday night when she launched into a profanity-laced tirade about politics and the upcoming US presidential election, during which she urged the public to vote for Obama regardless of whether or not he is a Muslim.
"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.
After angering fans with her comments, the 54-year-old was forced to address the controversy and released a statement via a spokesperson claiming she being "ironic."
"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?" Madonna said in the statement.
"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."
Obama is known to be a Christian, however since he was elected as president in 2008, he has been subjected to speculation that he is actually a Muslim.
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