Madonna explains "Black Muslim" statement

The Material Girl fails at irony

By Prachi Gupta

Published September 26, 2012 3:30PM (EDT)

"Ironic" (along with "literally" ) is probably one of the most misused words in the language.  After yesterday's odd Obama endorsement, the singer released a statement via her spokesperson:

"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?"

If by "ironic," Madonna means, "using ill-conceived humor to make a point that doesn't need to be made," then OK. Imagine that statement as an Alanis Morrisette song lyric, and maybe it will begin to make more sense.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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