Madonna banned from Texas radio station after White House remarks during Women's March

HITS 105 claims banning her music would send 'an economic message to Madonna'

Roisin O'Connor
Wednesday 25 January 2017 08:57 GMT
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Madonna turned up an hour late to her performance at Manchester Arena and the proceeded to call out her fans as 'diva b***es'
Madonna turned up an hour late to her performance at Manchester Arena and the proceeded to call out her fans as 'diva b***es' (Getty)

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Madonna's music has been banned "indefinitely" from a Texas radio station following comments she made during the Women's March.

The pop icon made a speech at the event in Washington, D.C, in front of an estimated crowd of 500,000 people, where she said that she had been angry after the election and thought "an awful lot about blowing up the White House".

HITS 105, in Texarkana, Texas, issued a statement in response to her comments on Tuesday which said that her songs would be removed from its local programming "indefinitely".

Madonna says she has thought about 'blowing up the White House'

HITS 105 general manager Terry Thomas said: "Banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics, 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."

Fans of the singer posted on the station's Facebook page and accused it of using the controversy to drum up publicity.

"You have 600 likes and are just using Madonna for attention. Her remarks were on behalf of women's rights, your band is for a cheap ratings stunt," one wrote. "You are confusing patriotism with blind, partisan zeal and theatrics."

Madonna's remarks about the White House were the subject of widespread criticism, with former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich saying she "should be arrested".

However Madonna insisted that her words were taken "wildly out of context" in a post on Instagram.

"I want to clarify some very important things," she wrote. "I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context...

"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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