The country music industry used to be one place that was pretty free of politics. You could almost always count on the crooners and wailers to support conservative values and many still do, but liberal policies are starting to creep in.
Earlier this year, Eric Church slammed the NRA in an Rolling Stone article, Tim and Faith Hill called for “common sense gun control” after the Route 91 Harvest country music festival shooting in Las Vegas, and now, Florida Georgia line singer Tyler Hubbard is supporting TOMS Shoes End Gun Violence Together campaign.
A few days ago, Hubbard posted a video calling for change.
And today as a follow-up, he’s challenging his peers in the music industry to get on board as well.
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Challenging my country music family to come together with the 90% of Americans who want to pass universal background checks and #endgunviolencetogether Many of us are proud gun owners but ALL of us want to keep our fans, friends, and families safe Please post a video and let’s drive more of our fans to TOMS.com to send a postcard to their representative and make our voices heard. It takes less than 30 seconds but will change history and save lives I challenge: @jasonaldean @lukebryan @taylorswift @blakeshelton @jakeowenofficial @mirandalambert @kelseaballerini @ladyantebellum @littlebigtown @coleswindell @russelled @thomasrhettakins @carlypearce @lukecombs @kanebrown_music @morganwallen @jimmieallen @briankelley @leebrice @locash @carrieunderwood @bradpaisley @thetimmcgraw @keithurban @marenmorris @samhuntmusic @kennychesney @bigandrichofficial @ericchurchmusic @chrisstapleton @chrislane @canaansmith @brothersosborne @dustinlynchmusic @danandshay
“To my friends, to my peers, to other artists: I know we’ve all been affected by gun violence directly or indirectly,” he says in a follow-up to his initial video.
“I just want to say it’s our time to take a stand, to join together. I know a lot of you guys are on the fence about posting a video, but I just want to challenge you — either repost my video or shoot your own video and just continue to spread the word.”
As you can imagine, fans of country music aren’t especially thrilled.
People with their belief would have never been in country 20 years ago. Just like with Christian Music its an industry they put people and label them and make money off them we shouldn’t be so surprised when we find they are fake
— Jonathan Pointer (@JonathanPointer) December 4, 2018
Maybe an album with the Dixie Chicks is up next.
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) December 4, 2018
Interesting that he doesnt allow comments on that video. Probably so he can’t/won’t see the huge backlash coming his way.
— Barry Beech (@barry_beech) December 4, 2018
This person is not a country music star. This person is a leftist political tool. pic.twitter.com/iuNtHp7EV9
— Son of Liberty (@filiuslibertate) December 4, 2018
Fake country & fake Americanism. Read the constitution Pop Country.
— Culper III (@CulperSpyRing) December 4, 2018
— The Deplorable Truth (@LeftyLieBuster) December 2, 2018
@seanhannity need to stop playing Florida Georgia Line on the radio show. They came out in support of gun control. They’re not real country music anyway, so no big lose.
— Yo (@zippity7) December 4, 2018