Singer Toby Keith is facing criticism for being “too political” to perform country music. Because of that, festival organizers in Naperville, Illinois, are feeling pressure to drop Toby Keith from their lineup. Just because he performed for Donald Trump’s inauguration doesn’t mean he’s ‘too political’. It means that he’s a great performer.
The truth is, Keith is nowhere near a political activist such as the Dixie Chicks. He didn’t stand behind anyone during the election or endorse any presidential candidate. However, since he did play at the inauguration, voices are now rising against Keith – the same voices that trash President Trump.
Toby Keith said he “does not apologize for performing for our country or military.”
The June 30th event, which is a festival and Ribfest, is surrounded by allegations that Keith’s lyrics are too inappropriate. The protesters didn’t say which lyrics, but it’s not like these songs are new, so it’s nothing else but a bogus excuse.
“IN THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE, IT SEEMED OVERTLY POLARIZING AND POLITICAL,” SAID NAPERVILLE RESIDENT AMY KAKKURI.
Similarly, the Ribfest Facebook page said no artists were “booked based on their political beliefs or actions,” which wouldn’t be true if they dropped Keith, reports say.
Before the election, Keith openly said he does not support any of the candidates.
Back in August, he said,
“THIS ELECTION, I DON’T THINK IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. I CAN’T BELIEVE THERE’S 300 MILLION AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WE’VE GOT THESE TWO AS OUR FINAL TWO. IT’S ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.”
Despite his statement prior to the election, once Donald Trump got elected by the American people, Keith stood behind his President and his country. This is something we all should do, regardless of our political views.
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