A grand display of freedom of speech was at work at one of Madonna’s New Orleans concerts yesterday. Madonna is free to tell everyone to vote for Barack Obama. Her New Orleans audience is then free to boo her. #AMERICA
The 54-year-old pop icon interacted with the audience (maybe not along the script she had prewritten in her head) when she asked the crowd, “Who’s registered to vote?” then added, “I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.”
The crowd rang into a defeating cheer, with a smattering of boos coming from stage left like an aftershock.
“Are they booing me?” she asks the front row with a laugh.
Some in the southern crowd turned on the singer, loud enough for Madonna to appease them by responding, “Seriously, I don’t care who you vote for…Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote.”
Madonna is known for being provocative—nothing new here. It wouldn’t be a “MDNA” tour if a fan or two didn’t leave kind of annoyed by her antics. The last time she invoked the President she drew headlines by ironically calling him a “black Muslim in the White House”; at a tour stop in Colorado she waved a gun around with no regard for the recent Aurora shootings.
However, I think it’s weird that the media is trying to warp this action into another “Madonna Did This Provocative Thing” story when saying who you’re voting for shouldn’t be considered provocative at all in a free country. I’m more shocked that some of Madonna’s fans are actually Republican.
Surely this won’t stop Madge from speaking her mind about Obama (or anything ever) at future performances. Guess it’s better to be booed for her pushing your political agenda then for falling on stage like she did in Dallas. Yeah, let’s just watch that video again and cheer/boo: