If celebrities want to learn how to get back in favor with mainstream America, they should look to Larry Gatlin.
The singer-songwriter, best known as one third of the iconic Gatlin Brothers, took to Fox & Friends on Saturday to berate “progressives” for pressuring former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee into resigning from the County Music Association Foundation board over his views on gay marriage and relationship with the NRA.
“Mike Huckabee does not have a mean bone in his body,” Gatlin said of the former governor and presidential candidate. He also lamented that America has become “more secularized.”
“It used to be that the Charlie Daniels of the world, the Oakridge Boys, the John Rich, the Gatlin Brothers, I think that conservatism was more the philosophy,” he observed.
“We have millenials, we have new kids, and that’s great. It’s supposed to be about free speech,” the singer mused.
“I know that progressive liberals of today … their worldview is simply that I’m responsible, and Mike’s responsible, for their hurt feelings. Well I ain’t, and Mike ain’t either.”
“Also, I’m supposed to be responsible for the bad decisions everyone of them has ever made,” he added. “Well I ain’t. Here’s the deal: If you think that beer is liquid cereal, I ain’t responsible for your cirrhosis.
“If you think that gravy is a food group, I ain’t responsible for the good in your arteries. Get over it, it’s up to you.”
Gatlin also asserted that Huckabee’s departure from the CMA board “smacks of religious and political insensitivity” before diving into an original song defending the former governor.
“I pray that someday we’ll all love one another, if that day ever comes, Lord it would thrill me. In the meantime, I love everybody who don’t wanna kill me,” he sang.
After the brief performance, the “Broken Lady” singer accused liberals of having “selective tolerance. They’re tolerant of people who agree with them.”
“If the situation were reversed and Mike protested against a progressive or a liberal coming on the board, the New York Times would go ballistic. They’d have a reporter down here and it would be blasted all over. Of course, only four people in the entire world read the New York Times so it wouldn’t really matter.”
Gatlin concluded: “That’s the way this simple Texan feels about it. I love everybody who ain’t trying to kill me, and so does Mike.”
In his resignation letter to the CMA Foundation board, Huckabee called for greater tolerance.
“I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive and recognize that a true love for kids having access to the arts is more important than a dislike for someone or a group of people because of who they are or what they believe.”