Madonna Explains Why She Called Obama a Black Muslim Reuters

Two days after telling an arena full of Washington, D.C., concert goers that President Obama is a black Muslim, controversial singer Madonna is now saying that she was just being "ironic" when she said those words, reports Reuters.

In a statement from her publicist, Madonna walked back from the comment, saying: "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? 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 widely known to be a practicing Christian, the story notes.

Madonna was attempting to give an endorsement to Obama during the concert. She's quoted as saying: "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."

Here’s a clip of Madonna’s comments about Obama during the concert: