Toby Keith might lose a singing gig he had booked all because he sung at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He was slated to attend the Ribfest event taking place in Naperville, Illinois, but liberals are pressuring the organizers to disinvite him for his patriotic display to the President.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Keith had been scheduled to perform earlier this month at the annual Ribfest festival. Opposers say that Keith is too political to perform. They cited his inauguration performance and the lyrics of his songs without actually saying which songs they were.
This ticks me off. Conservatives put up w liberal clap-trap from Hollywood & Broadway. Now one patriotic country singer is subject to this?
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) February 10, 2017
Naperville resident Amy Kakkuri said,
“In the current political climate, it seemed overtly polarizing and political. It would have been short-sighted for them to not expect this reaction.”
But the organizers are staunch in their support for the performer and in their final decision. They refuse to take him out and will continue to let him perform. On the events Facebook social media page they released the following statement on the issue,
“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.
A former White House Press Secretary even noted the controversy unfolding. Keith made it clear prior to his inauguration performance that accepting the offer to perform had nothing to do with his opinion the President. In fact he maintained that he was doing it for the American people and his fans.
Naperville RibFest,PLEASE cancel Toby Keith in June. He's not good representative for America. Keith stands w/ white supremacist. Please RT
— onerace-humanrace (@Barbara25603724) February 10, 2017
— Sam (@KatMarley55) February 8, 2017
Keith has even stated very publically he is an Independent. Neither a Republican or a Democrat. Good for him and good for the organizers. He has done nothing wrong other than bring people of all races, religions, and ethnicities together with his music.
People have a right to conduct their business whenever, wherever and with whomever they choose. They should not be punished for simply making a living especially when he is not doing anything wrong.
Naperville Ribfest organizers said they have never seen tickets for one of the festival’s concerts sell faster than those to see Toby Keith on the festival’s opening day June 30.
They have sold more tickets in the first three days than in any Ribfest ever before.
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