Skip to main content

I was 1/2 listening to MSNBC Live on TV early this morning, and I noticed that when going into a commercial break they played part of "Independence Day", by Martina McBride.  This is one of my favorite country songs so it caught my attention, and I have to admit that it kind of pissed me off - and let me tell you why...

"Independence Day" - the song - is the story of a battered woman who puts an end to her abuse by setting the house (and her husband/abuser) on fire...and is from the perspective of the little girl (daughter).  But it's about more than that - it's about people who knew what was going on but did nothing.  This song is about that dirty little secret called DOMESTIC ABUSE and the extreme a woman went to in order to escape it because everyone looked the other way...  ("Now, I ain't saying it's right or it's wrong, but maybe it's the only way; Talk about your revolution – it’s Independence Day.").  

I wonder if anyone at MSNBC knew this song was about escaping abuse and society's blind eye, and not about celebrating America’s freedom from Britain?  I wonder if they have any idea how offensive it is that they would use this song without so much as mentioning domestic violence??? Have they ANY idea how many women and children (and yes, men, too) will be beaten today?  Not only did they not mention it, they made sure they cut it out.  They played:

"Let freedom ring, let the white dove sing; Let the whole world know that today is a day of reckoning."
This is what they cut off...
"Let the weak be strong,let the right be wrong Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay It's Independence Day."
As a survivor of domestic abuse for whom this song holds much meaning, HELL YES, I AM PISSED!  And I think they owe it to victims of abuse – past, present, and future – to back the truck up and talk about it LOUDLY!  They could have (at least) put something like this up as they played the song:
Here is the fact sheet on domestic violence, put out by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship and don't know what to do to put an end to it, here are a few numbers where help is waiting:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline  1-800-799-7233
The National Sexual Assault Hotline  1-800-656-4673
The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline   1-866-331-9474


That wasn't so hard...shame on MSNBC!

My wish today is for every man, woman, and child have a safe Independence Day!

Now, for those who are curious - or who love the song as I do...Independence Day, by Martina McBride.

Originally posted to Nomi Rene on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 07:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Sexism and Patriarchy and House of LIGHTS.


Do you know someone who has/is the victim of domestic violence?

81%39 votes
2%1 votes
8%4 votes
8%4 votes

| 48 votes | Vote | Results

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site