Madonna showed her support for President Barack Obama's re-election bid Monday night during her concert in the nation's capitol by comparing him to civil rights leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. She spoke briefly about those leaders' accomplishments, referring to them as "prophets" and pinning the blame on society as a whole for their deaths ("They killed him - as they do").
But her comments to fans after that caused some controversy.
"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," she told fans during the show. "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, goddammit."
Her comments quickly made their way around the airwaves on Tuesday, and after the backlash over her remarks, she says she was just mocking those who believe the politician is a follower of Islam and out to destroy America.
"I was being ironic on stage," she said via a statement. "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."