Country artist Benton Blount says he was pulled off a tour with ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons because he was photographed wearing a “Make America Great Again’ hat.
Blount, who earned national acclaim as a finalist on America’s Got Talent, was banned from Facebook after he posted the picture that showed him wearing the hat, holding a Chick-fil-A cup and a sticker that read, “I voted.”
“That was pulled down from Facebook because it violated their standards,” Blount said. “Not only have I been banned from facebook but as a result of being banned from Facebook I was pulled off the Billy Gibbons tour effective immediately.”
Blount will be a guest on the Todd Starnes Radio Show Tuesday at 1:35 p.m. eastern.
The Greenville News reports Blount was four shows into a seven-show slot opening shows for Gibbons when he learned he had been kicked off the tour.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me at all – and I couldn’t imagine being a person who would be that jaded that you would be so upset that someone wore a hat of an opinion you didn’t like,” he said.
Fox Carolina received a statement from the tour’s spokesperson — but it did not shed much light on what happened.
“Benton Blount was disinvited to continue the tour because of a creative decision,” the spokesperson said.