Mike Huckabee resigns from country music board, citing political and religious intolerance.
I always thought up until now that country music folks supported conservative values like God, country and family. What the heck happened to the Country Music Association? Doesn’t the country music industry want people of faith or conservatives to buy their music any more?
On Wednesday, the former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate was announced as a new board member of the charitable arm of the group that runs the annual Country Music Association Awards and Festival.
But prominent country music industry leaders swiftly criticized Huckabee’s appointment, including some who singled out his support for gun rights and traditional family values.
HUCKABEE RESIGNS FROM COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION TO END AN “UNNECESSARY DISTRACTION”
In his resignation letter to the CMA Foundation, Huckabee called his critics bullies, but said he was resigning to end an “unnecessary distraction” for the foundation.
“If the industry doesn’t want people of faith or who hold conservative and traditional political views to buy tickets and music, they should be forthcoming and say it,” Huckabee wrote. “Surely neither the artists or the business people of the industry want that.”
Huckabee also sounded off on a note of defiance on Twitter on Thursday night.
The 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards, held in November, included numerous jabs at President Donald Trump.
At one point in the show, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood sang, “It’s fun to watch it that’s for sure, till little ‘Rocket Man’ starts a nuclear war. Maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets.”
“I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive …” – Mike Huckabee
One of the fiercest critics of Huckabee’s appointment was Jason Owen, who leads Sandbox Management, representing artists like Little Big Town, Faith Hill and Kacey Musgraves.
Owen and his husband have one child and are expecting more, but Owen said that Huckabee has made it clear that his family is not welcome.
“Huckabee speaks of the sort of things that would suggest my family is morally beneath his and uses language that has a profoundly negative impact upon young people all across this country,” Owen wrote. “Not to mention how harmful and damaging his deep involvement with the NRA is.”
Seriously? Did anyone else besides me think that the CMA stood for God, guns and country up until now? Holy cow! It looks like the liberals have not only screwed up pop music, but they have spread their liberal views and greed across the CMA as well! When will people learn to keep politics out of entertainment? First football and now country music – come on people, wake up!
Huckabee wrote in his letter of resignation from the Country Music Association board:
“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,” Huckabee wrote.
So much for mixing politics into country music. When will people learn? Just like with the NFL, liberals had to go and screw up country music. Americans watched football for the same reason they listen to country music, they just want to be entertained. Stop mixing politics into entertainment!
Like I said, up until now, I thought country music was a safe place for enjoying entertainment without politics, but I should have saw it coming especially when Faith Hill and Tim McGraw opened up their big mouths during the last presidential campaign election. Faith Hill is of course, represented by the same idiot manager as Kasey Musgraves, Jason Owen.
The country music industry doesn’t have a clue what’s about to hit their fortunes and pocketbooks. They should have been paying attention to the NFL and their fans this past season. Good luck CMA! So much for the country music industry supporting God, country and family. It’s now just dust in the wind…..
Here’s Huckabee’s letter to the Country Music Association Foundation Board in full:
To the CMA Foundation Board
From Mike Huckabee
March 1, 2018
Dear Board Members:
I hereby tender my resignation effective immediately. I hope this will end the unnecessary distraction and deterrent to the core mission of the Foundation which is to help kids acquire musical instruments and have an opportunity to participate in music programs as students.
Since I will not be able to continue in what I had hoped to be useful service in this endeavor, I wanted to at least put some things on the record. I have no expectation that it will change the irrational vitriol directed toward you or me for my religious or political views that necessitated my abrupt departure, but I want you to know what you would never know by reading intolerant and vicious statements on the internet about who I am or what led me to want to be a part of your efforts to empower kids with the gift of music. So please bear with me.
Music changed my life. I grew up dirt poor in south Arkansas. No male upstream from me in my entire family ever even graduated from high school. I had no reason to believe that my life would consist of anything but scratching out a meager living and hoping to pay rent in a house I would never own just as generations before me had done.
Music changed that. The gift of an electric guitar by my parents when I was 11 put in my hands a future. It took them a year to pay for the $99 guitar they bought from the J. C. Penney catalog. Granted, I was never good enough to make a full-time living at music, but the confidence I gained by playing, being in front of people, and competing against myself and the low expectations I grew up with was transformative.
If the industry doesn’t want people of faith or who hold conservative and traditional political views to buy tickets and music, they should be forthcoming and say it. Surely neither the artists or the business people of the industry want that.
Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together. If the arts community becomes part of the polarization instead of bridging communities and people over the power of civil norms as reflected in the arts, then we as a civilization may not be long for this earth.
All of us have deep passions about our beliefs. I do about mine. But I hate no one. I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood because that person sees things differently than me.
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.
My sincere thanks to the CMA Foundation for believing I had something to contribute. I regret that my presence caused controversy and threats to vital support for deserving kids. Kids wanting to learn music shouldn’t be the victims of adults who demand that only certain people can be in the room or be heard.
I wish you nothing but good will and success at reaching students across America who need music as much as I did. At the end of the day, I’m not worth the fight, but the kids are. Never stop fighting for THEM!
Resources: Fox News, The Tennessean