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Country music has gone full-blown Dixie Chicks woke.
The County Music Association announced that fans attending this month’s CMA Fest in Nashville will not be allowed to display any Confederate flag imagery.
“Any behavior that causes one of our attendees to fear for their personal safety will not be tolerated, and that is inclusive of any displays of the Confederate flag,” the Country Music Association said in a statement provided to The Tennessean.
It’s certainly bad news for “Dukes of Hazzard” fans as well as the popular country music band “Confederate Railroad.”
“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan-facing event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly outline what will and will not be tolerated,” said a statement from the Country Music Association provided Wednesday to the newspaper.
Meanwhile, CMA is going all-out to embrace the LGBT movement with a campaign called, “CMA Stands Proud.”
They posted a video celebrating “Pride Month” featuring rainbow-colored cowboy books and a pink guitar pick.
“Happy Pride Month y’all,” their social media post read. “Love always has a place in OUR Country Music community.”
Country music fans are not so much upset about the Confederate flag as they are the left coast wokeness that has infested the country music industry.
“How can we erase history because it offends some people? Like it or not, good, bad or ugly, it is HISTORY. It happened, and you might sweep it under the rug, but it will always be there,” one fan vented on social media.
Luke Combs, who will be performing at the CMA Fest, surrendered to the cancel culture mob last year after he was confronted about singing in front of Confederate flags in 2015.
“There is no excuse for those images,” Combs said on National Public Radio. “As a younger man, that was an image that I associated to mean something else. I am now aware how painful that image can be to someone else.”
It says a lot about Combs that he confessed his egregious sins and begged for forgiveness on NPR instead of WSM, the most beloved country music radio station in the nation.
“I want people to feel welcomed by country music and by our community. At the time that those images existed, I wasn’t aware what that was portraying to the world and to African American artists in Nashville that were saying, ‘Man, I really want to come in and get a deal and do this thing, but how can I be around with these images being promoted?’ And so I do apologize for that,” he told the taxpayer-funded radio network.
It’s no secret that the country music industry has taken a hard left turn. I wrote about this in my book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”
Country music executives loathe their fan base. They despise the values that shaped country music into one of the me most popular musical genres in the world – freedom and family, God and guns, sin and redemption.
In 2018 former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee had been appointed to the board of directors of the CMA Foundation. Huckabee, a lifelong musician, was more than happy to lend a helping hand to raise money for children who could not afford musical instruments.
But powerful music executive Jason Owen strongly objected and waged an ugly war that led to Huckabee’s forced resignation from the board.
Owen, who is married to a man, said Huckabee’s appointment was “grossly offensive” and a “detrimentally poor choice by CMA and its leaders.”
“I have a child and two on the way. This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America. And the CMA has opened their arms to him, making him feel welcome and relevant. Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country. Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is. What a shameful choice. I will not participate in any organization that elevates people like this to positions that amplify their sick voices.”
Owen, who represents superstars like Faith Hill, Kacey Musgraves and Little Big Town, ultimately got his way and Huckabee was forced out.
The message was clear: it’s a new day in country music.
The days of crooning about God, guns, and honky-tonks are over. Get ready for ballads about drag queens, rainbow flags and gay bars.
So many woke California leftists moved to Tennessee and they ruined Nashville and Country Music.— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 4, 2022
Happy #PrideMonth, Y’ALL! 🌈🎶 Love always has a place in OUR Country Music community ❤️ Stay tuned here for a month-long celebration, Country style. pic.twitter.com/YMGZwGrnh5— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) June 1, 2022