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Looks like Illinois Democrats are still not over the election.

Some residents of Naperville are demanding that country music star Toby Keith be removed from the lineup of an upcoming music festival because he performed at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Keith, who is registered as an Independent and did not endorse any candidates in the election, is scheduled to perform at the Naperville Ribfest on June 30. The 55 year-old singer has performed for former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as at shows for the USO in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But residents call the “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” singer “too political” and took to social media to demand he be removed from the lineup.

The organizers for the event refused to back down and remove Keith, posting a statement on their Facebook page:

Ribfest talent is negotiated and selected months in advance of the event. At no time does the Exchange Club of Naperville make any political statement or endorsement. At no time are artists booked based on their political beliefs or actions…

…The Exchange Club of Naperville made a decision to allow community members to post without restriction on the club’s Ribfest Facebook page. This was done as a measure of sensitivity to the current political climate and in a spirit of cooperation with our beloved community.
Ribfest’s Facebook page must return to its “job” of sharing information about Ribfest. Going forward, any post that is politically charged or not focused on Ribfest will be removed.


Despite liberal pressure, Keith and Ribfest are having the last laugh.

“We sold more tickets in the first three days than we ever have before,” Erin O’Donnell, marketing and PR director for Naperville Ribfest, said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We could not be happier.”

Many others, fans of Keith or not, stood up on Twitter to support his right to perform and applaud Ribfest for standing its ground.

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Frieda Powers


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