Madonna has come out for Barack Obama... we think.
At a concert in Washington, DC, Monday night, the Material Girl issued an endorsement for the president that began unambigiously enough: "You all better vote for f***ing Obama, ok?"
But then she continued: "For better or for worse, we have a black Muslim in the White House. Now, that's some amazing s**t. [...] It means there is hope in this country."
As Obama might have said: Um... thanks?
There are two possibilities here: either Madonna is one of the 17 percent of American voters who still (still?) believe that Obama is a Muslim, or she's engaging in some sarcasm at their expense.
Madge herself says it was the latter. After her comments provoked smirks on Tuesday, she issued a statement clarifying that she was "being ironic."
"Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim—though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is," she said, according to Reuters. "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."
That's some—marginally—more nuanced political punditry than we've come to expect from the singer.
She got in hot water with French far-right leader Marine Le Pen when she projected an image of the National Front party president alongside a Nazi swastika at concerts this summer; while in New York earlier this month, according to The Hill, she stripped off to reveal Obama's name painted across her torso.
She'd brought out the body paint again Monday night, The Hill says, and this time the president's name was in capitals.
Pulling off her shirt and pants to reveal the slogan, Madonna announced: "When Obama is in the White House for a second term I'll take it all off."
Again: Um... thanks?
Here's the video (Obama comments at 1'50):