Texarkana radio station KTTY-FM 105.1 (HITS 105FM) announced Tuesday the station would no longer play songs by aging pop star Madonna because of her controversial speech at Saturday’s liberal Women’s March in Washington in which she said she “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” The station manager called Madonna “un-American” in a press release about the banning.
HITS 105FM is a ‘classic hits’ station that plays hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Madonna rose to fame in the 1980s.
The statement was posted to Facebook:
Texarkana’s Classic Hits station – HITS 105 is taking all Madonna songs off the air in the station’s local programming indefinitely following the singer’s comments over the weekend.
In addition to ‘F-bombs’ in her speech, Madonna talked about how upset the election results had made her including her now infamous, “Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” comments.
General Manager of HITS 105, Terry Thomas, says “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.”
The Gateway Pundit reported that the Secret Service is “aware” of and is investigating Madonna’s ‘blow up the White House’ statement.
Video of Madonna’s statement that was linked to by the Drudge Report has been taken down by the User’ but used to be at this link:
The complete version of Madonna’s speech is still posted elsewhere.
Transcript from the video excerpt of Madonna’s speech made at the Women’s March on Washington which appeared to be from prepared remarks.
“I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. (Crowd cheers.) But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W. H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War Two, “We must love one another or die.” I choose love. Are you with me? (Crowd cheers.) Say this with me: We choose love!…We choose love!…We choose love!”
Madonna later posted a statement to Instagram insisting she “spoke in metaphor” and had been “taken wildly out of context.”