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How Ironic That Madonna Was Being “Ironic” When She Called Obama A Black Muslim

Madonna Says She Was Being Ironic When Calling The President A Black Muslim

At this point the MDNA tour is synonymous with controversy. From the tears to protests to swastika iconography to faux gun waving to lawsuits to nip slips, Madonna managed to ruffle more than a few feathers all before hitting the North American leg of the tour. Not wanting her North American fans to feel left out, while in D.C. Madonna gave a strange endorsement of President Obama. “Y’all better vote for… Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right?” she encouraged concertgoers. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? That was until she followed up with the now infamous, “We have a black Muslim in the White House.” Oh, Madonna, Madonna, Madonna. Read more…

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Madonna And Elton John Finally Play Nice, Ending Their Medium Rare Beef

Elton John and Madonna Finally End Their Feud

The mudslinging between Elton John and Madonna has been ongoing, or as the British say, a bloody mess! The Sun reports the two are finally tired of the bickering and have made up. According to The Sun, the two bumped into each other at a La Petite Maison restaurant in Nice, France. Before Elton John left the two chatted and shared a laugh. “Just as he was leaving, he went over to talk to Madonna and they were laughing and smiling,” a source told The Sun. Loving is so much better than fighting. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Goes Retro In “1991″ By Channeling Madonna And Aaliyah

Visually Azealia Banks owns the vogue and vintage look and feel in her videos. It’d be easy to mistake her for a high fashion model opposed to the Harlem bred speedy tongued rapper she is. Directed by Justin Mitchell “1991″ brings, well, 1991 back in style. A black pants suit has rarely looked as glamorous as it does against a white backdrop or in a blue room studio or behind a raindrop covered glass. Her aggressive lyrics directly contrast with the smooth house electronic instrumentation, which is what makes the song sound heavenly. Read more…

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Madonna Defends Her Controversial MDNA Tour With Poetic Manifesto

Though no stranger to controversy, Madonna seems to have taken things to a whole new level with her current MDNA tour. There have been tears and protests, swastika iconography and fake gun wagging, lawsuits and body parts, and all this before she touched back down stateside for the tour’s North American leg, which begins tonight in Philadelphia. For her latest controversial move, she put pen to paper and scribed a letter of explanation for these faux pas past, insisting mostly that her show “not be taken out of context” of her “journey.” Read more…

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Russian Punk Rockers Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of Hooliganism, Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

Three members of Pussy Riot, the feminist punk collective who staged a bold anti-Vladimir Putin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral last February and whose conviction has become a cause célèbre for everyone from Kathleen Hanna and Madonna to Alicia Silverstone and Flea, were charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison this morning. President Putin himself, after all, had called for leniency. Read more…

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Madonna Turns 54, And We Celebrate With This Timeline Of Her 54 Most Controversial Moments

Madonna's 54 Most Controversial Moments

Today is Madonna‘s 54th birthday, and she is no less edgy nor relevant than she was when she first broke onto the scene. As much the Queen of Pop as she is the Queen of Controversy, she has defined herself as a good at the game and even better at breaking the rules. And she is still, after all these years, causing trouble and making hit songs.

Throughout her career, she’s challenged pop to be better and badder, forever changing the game on one simulated sex act, defiant F-bomb drop, and hot young boy toy at a time. And at 54 years-old, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. So in honor of this day, we are taking a look back at her 54 most gloriously controversial moments. To many more!

[Photo: Lauren Olson/Getty Images]

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Madonna Shows Support For Russian Feminist Punks During Her Concert In Russia

It can’t hurt to have Madonna on your team. Onstage in Moscow last night, Madge voiced her support for the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, who have been in jail the past five months on charges of hooliganism, the night before their trial wrapped. This MDNA tour has been a particularly controversial one, with feelings and bits spilling freely, but Madonna’s words last night were careful, clear and — at least by those in attendance — uncontested.

“There are many sides to this story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government … I think that they have done something courageous, I think that they have paid the price for this act, and I pray for their freedom,” she offered during the show’s pause, “PUSSY RIOT” scrawled across her back. Then she called on the Moscow audience, who, “if you’re here as my fan, you feel that you deserve the right to be free,” to join her. The speech earned a massive applause.

Madonna is not the first artist to come out in support of Pussy Riot — Patti Smith, Sting, Pete Townsend, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, for a few, have spoken in their defense. She was bold, though, to voice her support in Moscow and on the eve of their trial’s close. Who are Pussy Riot? Check out our primer below.

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Madonna Appeases Protests And Paid Tribute To Warsaw Uprising

After several weeks of controversy and defiance, Madonna has hewed ever so slightly to her protesters. The Queen of Pop compromised with critics in Poland, and incorporated World War II-era newsreel footage of the Warsaw Upsrising against the Nazis into her set during her MDNA tour stop there last week. The audience was, by all reports, very pleased with the tribute. Read more…

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Madonna Claims “A Few Thugs” Are Responsible For Booing Her In Paris

Madonna Speaks on being booed

Madonna wants to set the record straight about being booed after her club gig performance at Olympia in Paris. After her 45 minute set, angry fans who paid nearly $100 to see her perform, booed, threw water bottles on the stage and chanted salope, the French word for slut, because Madge wouldn’t return for an encore. If that wasn’t bad enough it was all livestreamed on YouTube for the world to see. The Queen of Pop’s rep, Liz Rosenberg, released a statement defending Madonna . It’s safe to say Rosenberg thinks the booing was unwarranted. Read more…