Madonna Banned From Texas Radio Station Following ‘Un-American’ Protest Speech
A Texas radio station has reportedly banned all Madonna tracks from its current rotation, citing her recent participation in the Women's March on Washington protest -- in which she exercised both her right to freedom of speech and her right to assemble, two freedoms granted to her by the U.S. Constitution -- as "un-American."
HITS 105 in Texarkana, Texas, released a statement to Facebook via the station's general manager, Terry Thomas, explaining their decision to pull Madonna from the airwaves and urged other radio stations to follow suit.
“Banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics," Thomas wrote. "It’s a matter of patriotism. It just feels wrong to us to be playing Madonna songs and paying her royalties when the artist has shown un-American sentiments. If all stations playing Madonna took their lead from us, that would send a powerful economic message to Madonna.”
Madonna addressed the enormous crowd of Washington D.C. protesters on Saturday and delivered a powerful, f-bomb littered, anti-Donald Trump speech, parts of which incensed a subset of dissenters who are likely unfamiliar with the “Express Yourself” singer’s entire career.
She received criticism for declaring she'd "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," but later clarified her remarks, insisting context was necessary in understanding her larger point.
“I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things – one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.”
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