For everyone bitching that he’s playing the Inauguration? Toby Keith has got something to tell you.
“I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” Keith said in a statement to EW. “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”
Keith’s performance at a concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 19 was announced Friday; he will be joined at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” by 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, Jennifer Holliday, The Piano Guys, and the Frontmen of Country. The Rockettes, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho are also among those set to perform. — Source: Entertainment Weekly
It might surprise people in their bubbles (Hollywood, NYC, or the Beltway) that not EVERYONE finds a political angle to every single freaking decision in their entire life.
Sometimes, business is just business. Shocking, we know.
Before the Left blacklists Toby Keith for performing Trump’s event… [because Liberals are bullies that like to PUNISH people for not thinking like them] … read this.
Country listeners have thought of Toby Keith as a political influencer since 2002 when he and the Dixie Chicks got into a public sparring match after comments that the Chicks’ Natalie Maines made in reference to Toby’s super hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.” Because of the flag-waving, chest-thumping message of military pride and his diligent support of the USO, most assumed Toby was a registered Republican.
Well, they would be wrong. He wasn’t then and never has been. But, he isn’t a Democrat either, although he once was. And while many country artists prefer not to voice their political allegiance for fear of alienating a fan base or accusations of using the stage as a platform to sway voters, Toby, who isn’t afraid of much, isn’t afraid of that either.
In a recent interview with the “Chicago Tribune,” he says “I was a Democrat my whole life. They kind of disowned me when I started supporting the troops, then I went and registered Independent. I’ve never been a registered Republican. It just keeps people off balance. They don’t know what to think.”
It seems rather odd to think that Toby played the Republican National Convention until you hear his explanation for it. The incredibly honest country star simply says, “It was just a paid party for the sponsors, just a private party for 1,200 people.” He also admits he was paid “a buttload of money” to play the event and if the Democratic National Convention asked him to play, he would have done that as well. – Read the rest at Rare
Look at that. Someone who is AMERICAN first, and political somewhere down the line after that.
Maybe that’s why he was approached for this gig in the first place. You think?