Provocative pop star Madonna revealed more than skin when she pulled off her top at her New York concert Thursday — showing off black letters on her lower back spelling “OBAMA.”
“Tonight I’m not going to show my ass,” she said, according to US media.”I’m going to show my feelings. How’s that for living dangerously?”
Photos of the singer — standing with her back to the 40,000-strong Yankee Stadium crowd in a black bra with the letters painted below — were immediately tweeted by concertgoers.
Right around then, in a different arena in North Carolina, President Barack Obama was officially accepting his nomination and launching his re-election bid at the Democratic National Convention.
The Queen of Pop also talked about the “scary things” she’s seen during this concert tour, referring to incidents like when Russian punk group Pussy Riot was jailed for a political stunt at a concert.
These incidents “have made me realize how lucky I am to be living here in America,” the singer said, adding to loud cheers “thank God for Michelle Obama and her good-looking husband too.”
Madonna’s Obama endorsement was not the first time the singer has mixed music and politics during this concert tour.
In Zurich, she said she was “devastated and disgusted” by the two-year jail sentence Pussy Riot band members received for their anti-Putin stunt at a church.
At a concert in Saint Petersburg, Madonna painted a different message on her back — “No Fear!” — as she called on her fans to show “love and appreciation for the gay community.”
And during the first concert of the world tour, in Tel Aviv on May 31, a photo of right-wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen appeared in a video, with the image of a swastika flashing on her forehead.
Trump asked right-wing conspiracy theorist congressman to help him pick his next Director of National Intelligence
On Monday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is consulting with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about who he should consider to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Nunes has led the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and chaired the committee for four years, despite having no professional qualifications of any kind for that role. Since 2017, he has been known for his stunts and conspiracy theories intended to discredit the Russia investigation and throw suspicion on anyone who looks into Trump's conduct.
Conservative newspaper hilariously trolls Trump about his failure to build any new border wall
The conservative Washington Examiner trolled President Donald Trump for his failure to construct any new border barricade during his 30 months in office.
On Monday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter for not giving him positive coverage for his wall, which he erroneously claimed would be paid for by Mexico.
The Examiner replied to Trump on Twitter, posting an article headlined, "Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office."
Here’s how a new study implies the Supreme Court has killed 16,000 people since 2012
A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research looked into the effects of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion to people below 138 percent of the poverty line, which has seen nearly 15 million people enrolled in participating states. The results were encouraging: the mortality rate for near-elderly adults has dropped over 9 percent in the four years for which data is available.
But while this is cause for celebration, The Atlantic staff writer Annie Lowrey offered a darker take on the implications of these numbers: