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Many country music stars talk a big game in their lyrics, often fancying themselves as outlaws, cowboys and renegades, and among the Hank Williams, Haggard, Jones and Jennings types, that may have been true at one time. Today, however, the pop-artists-turned-country stars know who signs their checks, and the formula for success often demands they fall in line with their woke benefactors.
Not so in the mind of country music star Jason Aldean, who refuses to fall in line nor be scared into silence because of his political beliefs.
“I think people know where I stand politically. I’m not a guy that’s just going to go out there and start trying to stir the pot just to stir the pot,” Aldean said in a recent appearance on Audacy’s “Rob + Holly.”
“At some point, it’s gotten to where if you’re a conservative and you’re in this business, you’re not allowed to speak,” he said.
The four-time Grammy nominee said he has many like-minded friends in the music industry who, unfortunately, are scared to say what they believe due to the ever-present backlash they see and know they would suffer were they to be open in their beliefs. Aldean says that speaking up is better than silence, no matter the repercussions.
“There’s times where I feel like I don’t have a choice but to speak up or say something because I feel nobody else in the industry, or not a lot of people in our industry do that for fear. I just feel like somebody’s got to be that guy and if it’s me, then it’s fine,” he said.
“To me, it’s hard for [me] to go lay my head down at night with a clear conscience, feeling like I’m a coward for not saying the things that I want to say or I feel like need to be said,” the 44-year-old stated.
Aldean’s remarks come in the aftermath of his wife, Brittany, sharing photos of herself and her kids wearing anti-Biden clothing.
She posted this photo with her husband, sporting a t-shirt that read “Anti Biden Social Club.”
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And this one, a tour photo to remember:
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Her photos drew the ire of the typical outrage mob, for if they weren’t either flummoxed or angry, they wouldn’t have much to do.
“Love you but this makes me sad. Children don’t need to be dragged into things like politics,” one IG user wrote.
“This isn’t ‘patriotism.’ This is hate!” another said. “Learn and teach the difference. Stop teaching and preaching self opinions as loyalty/patriotism.”
“That is not patriotism. Very sad that you would Publicly disrespect the commander in chief,” another quipped. “Continue to divide the nation and then complain about it.”
Others, however, expressed admiration.
“This is amazing we need more people to wake up,” one user wrote.
During a Q&A on her Instagram last month, Brittany spoke about her conservative views, telling her 1.9 million followers that people would be “surprised how many people do agree but aren’t able to speak about their views.”
“I personally don’t give a damn if people don’t agree with me,” she said. “I think it’s important now more than ever to stand for what you believe, even if it ‘goes against the grain.’”
“Do your research, and form your own opinion — speak out if you wish,” she added. “But most importantly, don’t bully people who feel differently than you.”
Her country star husband is of the same mind.
“People are going to have their opinion about whatever I say or think or whatever and that’s completely fine,” he said. “You don’t have to agree with me, I don’t expect everybody to agree with me, but I also have a voice and opinion just like everybody else.”
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