a radio station in Texarkana, Texas has announced that they will no longer be playing music by Madonna
after her Women's March speech on Saturday when she said, "I've thought about blowing up the White House." This stirred up a controversy within the conservative news media, with Newt Gingrich going as far as to say she should be arrested on "Fox & Friends." Madonna clarified her comments on Sunday with an Instagram post:
"Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience.
I came and performed Express Yourself and that's exactly what i did.
However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context.
My speech began with 'I want to start a revolution of love.' I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world.
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.
It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting 'we choose love'."
This is not the first time that Madonna has stirred up a controversy and found herself being boycotted. However, she alway seems to spring back and reinstate herself as a national icon and it doesn't seem like this time will be any different. Here are a few other key Madonna scandals:
1. "Like A Prayer" Pepsi Controversy.
In 1989, Madonna signed a deal with Pepsi to feature her and her song "Like A Prayer" in an upcoming ad campaign. After the release of the music video for the song, which features Klu Klux Klan imagery and Madonna being kissed by a black saint, religious groups called for a boycott of Pepsi until they dropped their contract with Madonna. Pepsi eventually caved in to the boycott, but "Like A Prayer" still won MTV's video of the year award.
2. Kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
During the 2003 VMA opening performance, the veteran pop star locked lips with the younger singer, while performing "Hollywood." Of course no one would shut up about this moment for years after. She even tried to recreate it last year with Drake at Coachella, but he didn't seem as receptive...
3. When she sang about teenage pregnancy.
Both anti-abortion and pro-choice groups were upset with her song "Papa Don't Preach." Planned Parenthood said the song was anti-abortion, while Catholics said that it prompted sex outside of marriage. Madonna later said this about the song, "It just fit right in with my own personal zeitgeist of standing up to male authorities."
4. Offended the Hindu community.
She appeared on the 1998 VMA's with Hindu markings on her face and body, offending many who hold this religious imagery near to their heart. Madonna did cultural appropriation before Coachella got the chance.
5. Would not stop dropping F-Bombs on Letterman.
In 1994 Madonna went on the Late Show with David Letterman
and said the F-word 14 times over the course of the program, freaking Letterman out while also getting him his best ratings ever. To her defense, Letterman asked her to kiss some random guy in the audience as soon as she got out, which was misogynistic and totally gross. In my opinion, he deserved to be embarrassed on his own show.
6. "What It Feels Like For A Girl" music video was banned from both MTV and VH1.
Okay I don't really get this one, it's not even that violent. Whatever. If Madonna was able to recover from all of these scandals then this whole "blowing up the white house" thing shouldn't last too long.