On Wednesday night, top country stars will gather in Nashville to lavish one another in artistic praise during the annual Country Music Association Awards. And no doubt the horrifying Las Vegas massacre at the country music festival back in October will be fresh on everyone’s mind. Add to that the recent church shooting in Texas and the red carpet and stage will be abuzz with tributes and thoughts and prayers. However, the media hopes to make it all about guns.
Those in charge of the CMAs anticipated the press harping on gun control with the artists and kindly asked them to refrain from asking those kinds of questions and simply honor the genre of country music. As nice as that sounded, the CMAs realized that was unreasonable and pulled the request. And with the floodgates open, the media is chomping at the bit to get the scoop on the star’s feelings on guns. The Los Angeles Times is putting on a lot of pressure to alter the dialogue, but having to dig deep to shame the country stars into spilling their guts, as Christian Toto writes at Hollywood in Toto:
That’s all the newspaper needed to start the shame machine whirring to life. Here’s the story’s headline:
“Country music used to tackle the issues. The CMA Awards can’t shy away from them now”
Modern country singers are the least political entertainers in music. Pop stars like Katy Perry promote their pet causes ’round the clock. Snoop Dogg clearly had politics in mind when he imagined a Trump corpse as the image for his “Make America Crip Again” release.
Besides, how many country stars campaigned on behalf of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John McCain in recent years? Did Keith Urban shoot a PSA telling us all about the wicked Donald Trump?
The politically charged Kid Rock is an exception, but he’s quasi-country at best.
So, what’s the author’s defense of the notion that country music once stood at the forefront of political commentary? Two examples — both more than 40 years old.
“In the late 1960s, Merle Haggard happily inserted himself into the debate over Vietnam with his song ‘Okie from Muskogee.’ Loretta Lynn took up the idea of birth control a few years later with ‘The Pill.’”
When you need Doc Brown’s time machine to make your point you know you’re in trouble. So the premise is faulty at the very start. The article is just warming up.
If the country artists decide to “get their heads out of the sand” like the LA Times article suggests, they will alienate their gun-loving fans and that is something they don’t want to do.
“The LA Times wants country stars to scrap the bonds they’ve spent years, if not decades, forming with their fans by lecturing them on an emotional issue,” Toto says. “More importantly, they must support more gun restrictions in the process. Often that means ignoring cold, hard facts along the way.”
But that’s just the kind of bullying tactics the Left loves to use, as Toto states.
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