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Madonna’s troubles: Texas radio station bans her music over White House statement

A Texas radio station has banned pop singer Madonna’s music over her statement on White House. In a separate case, the singer has denied that she is adopting two Malawian children.

music Updated: Feb 24, 2017 16:37 IST
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(File) Banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of patriotism, the station’s manager said.(AP)

Following Madonna’s Women’s March on Washington speech -- the one in which she told the crowd that she “thought a lot about blowing up the White House” -- a Texas, radio station has banned the pop star’s music.

HITS 105 will remove the outspoken singer from its airwaves “indefinitely”, Billboard reported.

Terry Thomas, the station manager, 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.”

Last Saturday, Madonna spoke out against Donald Trump during a speech at the Women’s March in Washington DC.

“Yes, I’m angry,” she told the crowd. “Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair.”

On Sunday, Madonna urged her detractors to “understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.”

“I am not a violent person. I do not promote violence,” she wrote on Instagram.

Meanwhile the pop superstar on Wednesday denied applying to adopt two more Malawian children while visiting the country where she runs a charity, and where she has previously been embroiled in controversy.

An official at the high court in the country’s capital Lilongwe had earlier told local and international reporters that the court was assessing her application to adopt two local children.

Madonna, who set up children’s charity Raising Malawi in the poverty-stricken southern African nation in 2006, adopted Malawian children David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009.

Local media reports said the singer had appeared at the court on Wednesday, accompanied by two unidentified children, before being driven away in an SUV vehicle.

“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home,” Madonna told US magazine People in a statement.

“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue.”

(File) Madonna denied she is going in for more adoption. (AP)

Lilongwe high court spokesman Mlenga Mvula, who had said that Madonna had applied to adopt two children, was not immediately available to comment after her denial.

Madonna’s charity is funding a surgical unit for children at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Blantyre, the commercial hub of Malawi.

The 58-year-old singer last visited the hospital in July, taking her two adopted Malawian children with her.

Adoption controversy

The star was stripped of VIP status by former president Joyce Banda’s government in 2013 and accused of being “uncouth” and wanting eternal gratitude from the country for her adoptions.

Madonna poses with her adopted son, David Banda. (AFP)

But Banda was ousted in 2014 elections and the new president, Peter Mutharika, moved to repair relations, saying “my government has always been grateful for the passion Madonna has for this country”.

Last July, Madonna said she would not revive plans for a $15 million (14 million euro) academy for girls in Malawi, which was cancelled amid allegations of mismanagement -- leading to her tiff with Banda.

The singer, who divorced film director Guy Ritchie in 2008, has four children.

On Saturday, she made an unannounced appearance in Washington at a rally protesting against US President Donald Trump a day after his inauguration.

Madonna had campaigned for Hillary Clinton to become America’s first woman president, and told Billboard Magazine after the Democrat’s loss that women had a “tribal inability” to accept a female president.

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