A popular country music star who was being continually disrespected during a performance Saturday in southern Texas has become the latest target of the far-left’s rage over the allegedly racially insensitive remarks he angrily said before he ended his performance early and stepped off stage.
Footage from the Pharr Events Center performance obtained by TMZ shows country singer Aaron Lewis sitting with his guitar at the front of the stage, patiently smoking a cigarette as he waits for the crowd to stop talking. After about 20 seconds, he finally speaks up.
“I’m only going to wait for so long, and then I’m going to say good night,” he says. “I don’t understand what you’re not getting. I know I have a microphone, so you can hear me. You’re not going to hear the song unless it’s this quiet. Do you get it?”
They didn’t get it. The crowd continued blabbering, and one audience member in particular loudly requested that Lewis recite one of his songs in Spanish.
Watch what happened next below:
“I’m sorry, I don’t know how to speak Spanish. I’m American,” he replies, spurring loud cheering from some segments of the audience and loud jeering from others.
After roughly two more minutes of the crowd running its mouth, a fed-up Lewis steps up from his stool, unstraps his guitar and announces that he’s had enough.
“Thank you very much. Have a great night,” he says before stepping off stage.
The footage obtained by TMZ went viral the following morning.
While some on social media responded to the footage by praising Lewis for maintaining a calm composure in the face of such shameless insolence, the left pounced on him for his alleged racism.
Fuck you #AaronLewis #Staind I can’t believe you have the audacity to say “I don’t speak Spanish I’m American” I’m American also but I speak another language than a what your speaking a wasted has been. Fuck You!
— Carrie Carmona (@CarmonaCarrie) February 3, 2019
#AaronLewis I’m salvadorian and a USMC veteran I don’t remember anybody telling me I couldn’t serve cause I speak spanish, and didn’t know only Americans speak English, you sound like a bitch to me
— hugo doradea (@doradea_hugo) February 4, 2019
Aaron Lewis comes down to south texas “the valley” and because of a few bad fans but has the nerve to say to “I don’t speak spanish I’m AMERICAN” wow were not MEXICO just so you know WE ARE AMERICAN TOO ASSHOLE! Lost a fan smh @Aaronlewismusic
— JerriBomb (@JerriBomb) February 3, 2019
Fuck Aaron Lewis I’m so glad I didn’t go!
— Kay (@kjrendon) February 3, 2019
News Flash: Aaron Lewis still a useless sack of shit, now also openly racist.
— Dirty Jose (@The_Dirty_One) February 4, 2019
Aaron lewis can kiss my ass im more american than hell ever be.he showed that he’s a racists and any ignorant person regardless of race that takes part in a form of ignorant hate can kiss my ass.if your racists your an idiot period
— Efren valle (@Efrenvalle3) February 4, 2019
aaron lewis just told a concert full of valley people that he doesn’t speak spanish because he’s american. total tool, yet another disappointing white man
— your mom (@tessasterone) February 3, 2019
So, what’s more “racist” — Lewis saying he doesn’t know how to speak Spanish because he’s American, or irate Twitter users deriding the singer as “another disappointing white man.”
What’s known is that an estimated 229.7 million Americans speak English at home, whereas only 40.5 million speak Spanish, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. Despite this, English is technically not America’s official language.
Because of lawmakers’ inexplicable aversion to simply declaring English to be America’s official language, Spanish still remains largely influential across the country: Last year a federal judge ordered 32 Florida counties to provide Spanish language sample ballots. And the year before that the left-wing city of San Francisco began providing free Spanish-speaking attorneys to illegal aliens.
Experts argue that English should be adopted as America’s official language for the sake of assimilation and cohesion. Note for example what happened last year in Miami, where unassimilated Spanish workers at a Taco Bell were unable to take a woman’s order because she only spoke English.
Many of these issues could be resolved were English simply adopted as America’s official language.
Those who side with the experts weren’t offended by Lewis’s remarks.
Singer Aaron Lewis cuts show short, says he doesn’t speak Spanish because he’s Americanhttps://t.co/HOUMiWWQua
English should be our official language
— Warren Michael (@WarrenM50644926) February 4, 2019
— DeporbalyYours (@YOURS101) February 4, 2019
Right on Aaron Lewis – entertainer in Texas shut down concert due to a rude audience that would not stop making noise and wanted songs in Spanish – he said he’s an American and sings in English then walked out ✊👊
— SJSbarra (@SJSbarra) February 4, 2019
Singer Aaron Lewis cuts show short, says he doesn’t speak Spanish because he’s American
Well he’s right. Last time I checked this is America not Mexico https://t.co/lnB6g6Oi4f
— 🌸🇺🇸BonnieBrownEyes🇺🇸🌸 (@TXbonniejean) February 4, 2019
#AaronLewis You were right in what you did. You don’t speak Spanish, and you’re American. I’m still a fan. You walked off the stage with class. <fist bump>
— Christ-follower (@aTX_WhiSp3R) February 4, 2019
— Nicholas Pierre Costanza (@CostanzaPierre) February 5, 2019
Aaron Lewis said he doesn’t speak Spanish because he’s an American, so what?
Why would anyone even ask him to sing in Spanish?
He speaks ENGLISH.
If the crowd wouldn’t be quiet, I’d walk out too.
— Ginny 💙🇺🇸 (@GinnyGinny_1) February 4, 2019
Good for him! AMERICA IS ENGLISH SPEAKING!!! If you don’t like English then move elsewhere!
Singer Aaron Lewis cuts show short, says he doesn’t speak Spanish because he’s Americanhttps://t.co/G8NZ4S35Qw
— SouthernPatriot (@TexasNavyVet) February 4, 2019