Controversy

Episode 5

Independence Day

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Independence Day
In the early 1990s, up-and-coming artist Martina McBride had already recorded such songs as "Cheap Whiskey" and "My Baby Loves Me," showing a softer, sensitive and socially conscious side of country music. But when McBride released "Independence Day," a disturbing tale of a battered wife who kills herself and her abusive husband, she made a risky move that threatened her career. With 1992 being called the "Year of the Woman," it appeared that women's issues were en vogue, but radio stations around the country shunned "Independence Day." Despite calls to radio stations from McBride herself, her song didn't get the airplay she believed it deserved until the O.J. Simpson-Nicole Brown tragedy brought the issue of domestic violence into America's living rooms. Striking a chord in the American conscience, "Independence Day" rose to No. 12 on Billboard's country singles charts. The song's video, which explicitly conveys the song's message, won the Country Music Association's music video award.moreless
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