Bad news for multi-millionairess Madonna; she’s in Texas radio station HITS 105’s bad books. Madonna’s speech at the Women’s March on Washington saw her command an audience of an estimated half a million and her speech was typically controversial, saying that she’d “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” Whilst this soundbite was heavily quoted throughout the media and fixated upon by many, she did go on to say that actually blowing up the White House “won’t change anything”, later paraphrasing poet W. H. Auden by saying “We must love one another or die. I choose love.”
Nonetheless, this hasn’t stopped Texas local radio station HITS 105 to “indefinitely” ban Madonna’s music as a form of protest against her speech. Terry Thomas, manager of the station, said that “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.”
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Madonna’s expletive filled speech was broadcast on live TV, meaning that portions of it, such as a tirade against “detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything” that culinated in passionate shouting of “Fuck You!” probably didn’t leave TV directors too happy. Unsurprisingly, then, HITS 105 are not the only ones unimpressed with Madonna’s speech, with right wing politician Newt Gingrich calling her a “left wing fascist” and saying he felt she “ought to be arrested” for her comments on exploding the White House.
As it is, however, HITS 105 are currently the only radio station to have instated a blanket-ban on the artist and, given that they broadcast to an area with a total populace of a little under 145,000, their protest is unlikely to bankrupt Ms. Ciccone. Nielsen Soundscan does not monitor the station, so it’s anyone’s guess how often her music was even played on there.