John Rich Reveals He’s Been ‘Blackballed’ For His Conservative Views – ‘Lets Go Brandon’
The country music star John Rich is claiming that he's been "blackballed" by the music world for his conservative views.
The country music star John Rich took to social media on Tuesday to claim that he has been “blackballed” by the country music world for his conservative views. Despite this, however, he’s refusing to back down.
Jumping for joy as the holidays are coming in fast 🤠🎶 Y’all have a favorite holiday tradition? Let’s hear’em! #bigandrich #holiday #thanksgiving #christmas #bigkenny #johnrich pic.twitter.com/q9DQd7snpq
— Big & Rich (@bigandrich) November 23, 2022
Rich Sounds Off
“Even though I’ve been blackballed by Music Row, lobbyists for the liberal country music industry are hitting me up to lean on conservative members of Congress to push legislation that helps big music companies,” Rich tweeted. “What was my answer? GO KICK ROCKS.”
“#LetsGoBrandon,” he added.
Even though I've been blackballed by Music Row, lobbyists for the liberal country music industry are hitting me up to lean on conservative members of Congress to push legislation that helps big music companies. What was my answer? GO KICK ROCKS. #LetsGoBrandon
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) November 29, 2022
Rich got lots of support for his tweet, with one particularly touching response coming from the the non-profit organization Code Of Vets.
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“Charlie Daniels would be so proud of you,” the organization tweeted. “You are filling in the gap. We miss his voice. His wisdom, leadership and his love of God and country. Thank you!”
“#RIPCharlie,” it continued.
— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) November 29, 2022
More Support For Rich
Rich got many other messages of support as well:
In 2020, my pop culture, music and Hollywood fanaticism was destroyed. I could not watch anything, listen to music or read anything without wanting to vomit. 2+yrs later I am thankful for the handful of artists w/integrity & conviction such as yourself, sir. Thank you🙏🏻
— No more bread and circus (@iamdansgal) November 29, 2022
Thank you!! Standing up for your values & not selling out. 🇺🇸 👏👏👍
— PetMyDogs (@k_werndli) November 29, 2022
You're an American hero, sir! Keep up the freedom fight.
— Cristi Taijeron (@CristiTaijeron) November 29, 2022
A true patriot. Let them learn a lesson about who listens to country music.
— TexasPatriot (@Richard22980) November 29, 2022
You are a hero @johnrich way to be sir!
— Viking Rider🇺🇸 (@viking_duane) November 29, 2022
Rich has long been one of the few people in the entertainment world to be open about his conservative political views. Last year, he took to Twitter to say that other country music stars have privately told him that they’ve been “muzzled” by the industry.
“The list of country artists calling me is growing by the day who are saying they’re being ‘muzzled’ by the industry when it comes to them expressing their frustration and anger about the targeting of conservatives, and suppression of free speech by the powers that be. #BlackBall,” he said.
The list of country artists calling me is growing by the day who are saying they're being "muzzled" by the industry when it comes to them expressing their frustration and anger about the targeting of conservatives, and suppression of free speech by the powers that be. #BlackBall
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) January 14, 2021
Rich’s Anti-Woke Song ‘Progress’
Earlier this year, Rich scored a major hit with his non-woke song “Progress,” which you can check out in the video below.
“I wrote it because I’m so frustrated with everything going on, like everybody,” Rich explained to Fox News. “But the irony struck me so hard that all these things happening to our country right now are being done under the banner of progress, of that word. I’m like, this is what you call progress? And you look on the news and you see all the terrible things happening, and this is progress to them, to the people that are doing it.”
“I thought, okay, this deserves a song,” he added. “So I set out and wrote the song, ‘Stick your progress where the sun don’t shine’. ‘Keep your big mess away from me and mine’. ‘If you’d leave us alone, well, we’d all be just fine’. ‘So stick your progress where the sun don’t shine.’ And I put it out and I thought, well, I hope people like it. I look up and they go, hey John, you might want to check the chart. You’re at number one. You just knocked Lizzo out of number one. It’s pretty crazy.”
Rich On Twitter And Trump
Earlier this month, Rich responded to Elon Musk allowing the former President Donald Trump to come back to Twitter one year after he was suspended following the Capitol riot.
“I predict if Trump comes back to @twitter he will only tweet once, and it will be: ‘You can follow me on Truth Social!'” Rich wrote.
I predict if Trump comes back to @twitter he will only tweet once, and it will be: "You can follow me on Truth Social!"
— John Rich🇺🇸 (@johnrich) November 19, 2022
Rich is a true patriot, and millions of Americans share his conservative political views. We can only hope that he is not really “blackballed” by the country music world, because his voice is needed now more than ever!