Madonna hits out at ‘sexist’ accusations of being ‘high or drunk’ onstage

Singer performed a comedy show dressed as a clown last week

Madonna has denied “sexist” accusations that she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol when she performed a comedy show dressed as a clown last week.

The singer delivered a special ‘Tears of a Clown’ performance for members of her Australian fan club in Melbourne last Thursday (March 10).

The performance had received mixed reviews from fans, with some unhappy at Madonna for not taking to the stage until 12.50am. There had also been suggestions that the singer was inebriated.

Madonna has now posted a screenshot of an online comment defending her, writing in the caption: “Thanks for supporting me. Too bad people don’t know the art of acting and playing a character. I could never do any of my shows high or drunk.”

She added: “And yes underlying all of this is sexism and misogyny which proves that not only do we not get equal pay but we are still treated like heretics if we step out of line and think outside the box! Sexism is alive and kicking but I am”.

Reports had described the gig in question as a “mixture of comedy, music and storytelling”, with Madonna donning a full clown outfit for the entirety of the performance. The singer described the show to fans as a “a work in progress”.

Watch footage and see photos from the gig beneath.