At surprise concert, Madonna called herself a "minority," and everyone laughed in her face

Source: AP
Source: AP

To rally support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Madonna performed a surprise pop-up concert in New York City's Washington Square Park on Monday night, Deadspin reported.

It was a soulful and beautiful evening  — that is, until Madonna, a famous white woman, called herself a "minority" and everyone in attendance laughed at her.

Here's what "The Material Girl" singer said:

"There's a lot of people out there that don't believe that women have a voice, or that minorities have a voice. And I do consider myself a minority. I do. Women are marginalized, let's face it. As far as I'm concerned we still live in an extremely chauvinistic..."

There's also video of this priceless moment:

In the video, you can hear a woman in the crowd shout "what?" in disbelief. Soon after, the crowd started laughing at Madonna's claim of being a "minority," but the singer went on to clarify that women are "marginalized" in the U.S.

While it is true that misogyny and sexual assault have been major issues discussed throughout this election cycle, it's hard to take a musician with a net worth of $550 million seriously when she claims she is "marginalized." Also, as Deadspin's Jordan Sargent pointed out, the term "minority" often refers to people of color. Madonna is white. 

This isn't the first time Madonna has said or done something cringe-worthy. In January 2014, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Madonna posted a photo of her 13-year-old white son Rocco Ritchie on Instagram and wrote "#disnigga" in the caption. In her apology, Madonna reassured her fans that she is "not a racist" and only used "nigga" as a term of an endearment for her son.

Then in a February 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Madonna discussed the inherent sexism in ageism — which was great until she compared the plight of being a woman over 50 to being black or gay.

"No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay," Madonna told Rolling Stone. "But my age — anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted? What's the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They're judging me by my age. I don't understand. I'm trying to get my head around it."

So are we, Madonna. So are we.

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