The station says it feels 'wrong' to be playing Madonna songs after she shared allegedly 'un-American sentiments'.
Madonna‘s music has been banned “indefinitely” by a Texas radio station following her controversial speech at the women’s Women’s March on Washington.
Addressing the crowd on Saturday (January 21), Madonna shared her dismay at seeing Donald Trump become President, saying: “I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything.”
“We cannot fall into despair,” she added. “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?”
The singer later took to Instagram to “clarify some important things” about her speech, explaining that “one phrase” had been “taken wildly out of context,” and saying that she had spoken “in metaphor”.
Nevertheless, a Republican politician has called for the singer to be arrested, and now Texas station has HITS 105 has pulled her music from its playlists.
The station told Billboard: “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.”
Madonna also performed her songs ‘Express Yourself’ and ‘Human Nature’ at the Women’s March on Washington, DC on Saturday, and told demonstrators that the newly-inaugurated Presiden could “suck a dick”.
The march in the US capital led an international day of action against Trump’s administration in the name of women’s rights, which activists believe will be under threat from the actions of the new President. Large-scale protests took place in major US cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York – just three of an estimated 300 nationwide demonstrations – while similar protests across the world were seen from London to Sydney.
Other famous names to speak or perform at the Women’s March on Washington were Alicia Keys – who sang ‘Girl On Fire’ – Janelle Monáe, Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Amy Schumer, Cher and Scarlett Johansson.