Is Garth Brooks the biggest 'Wimp' imaginable for not performing at the Inauguration?
Garth is only one of many performers who have chosen not to perform at Trump's Inauguration. In any event, Brooks said he was leaving the decision "Up to Karma." How lame is that? Yes, he had a Cincinnati tour, but he could have made it happen. Country artists are supposed to stand for the Red, White & Blue. Personally, I never liked the guy anyway, but I'm still annoyed. Am I the only one who is fed up with these cowardly performers/celebrities?? I just wish they'd show some backbone for once in their lives.
So you guys are annoyed when celebrities make political statements and then annoyed again when they don't? Seems to me he's trying to keep out of it as best as he can.
As for the rest of the celebs, many turned it down stating it was because they didn't believe in what Trump stands for. That's not "cowardly," that's standing up for what THEY believe in. I'm sure if someone explicitly said they want to perform because they believe in what Trump stands for you'd be applauding them and singing their praises.
Well Trump stands for making America Great Again, so you are right AIME, those celebs don't believe in Making America Great again and that is nothing to be proud of. Shame on them.
They don't even know what Trump stands for, Aime. They're just too cowardly to handle any pushback. It is shameful. Celebs who performed for GW Bush: Lyle Lovett, Clint Black, Beyonce, Asleep at the Wheel, Tanya Tucker, Mark Chesnutt, ZZ Top.
How do you know? They have access to the same information that you do, surely? If you feel you know enough to like him/vote for him I'm sure they know enough to feel the opposite.
It's not what they know about him.They look for any excuse they can find to dis him because he's a threat to their world view.They embrace sexists like Bill Clinton yet dis him for comments he made 10 years ago - double standards abound.
Taze, didn't you recently get on me about making generalizations about Trump voters (& I corrected myself), yet here you are making generalizations about people who don't like him? Seems a tad hypocritical.
Bush isn't Trump. Trump has alientated many people & if a celebrity decides to take a stand like many did - that is admirable. However, using 'karma' as an excuse is wishy-washy. No one wants to take responsibility for anything: too much backlash
Assuming that "they don't even know what Trump stands for" is a dangerous position to hold and even harder to keep. Trump made vocal time and again what he stands for and people have gauged the merits of his positions and decided differently.
Sure, he's gonna make something great "again" that was never great in the first place. That's like trying to resurrect someone from the dead who has never been born. Good luck with that.
I believe people are entitled to support or boycott whoever they wish. Personally, if I were a celebrity, unless I were a politician myself, I would remain publically silent on political issues. How I vote is no one's business but my own. I find it unfortunate that a lot of people vote for someone based solely on their party platform, neither knowing or caring what the person is really like. This opens the door to corruption. People need to RESEARCH the candidates before choosing them!
Publicly silent; perfectly understandable. The same people would also do well to respect the peaceful transition of power and perform at one of the many inaugural balls. Doing so might add a bit of much needed healing for our nation.
If Garth Brooks is so against Trump he doesn't want to perform at his inauguration, he should quietly decline. Surely there are plenty of musicians who would be honored to do so. If not, Trump has a problem.
People r entitled to boycott whoever but when they choose to boycott an inauguration,the culmination of our nation's peaceful transfer of power honored since the country's founding&a tenant of American exceptionalism they spite themselves
Are you saying Brooks was at proverbial gunpoint to accept?
Yoleen, Garth is Not against Trump. That is why he is a wimp. He let 'Karma' decide because he doesn't have the guts to risk his flailing career.. Thus, he plays both sides. Can't get any wimpier than that. How Trisha can stand him is beyond me..
Haha. He had to add multiple shows to his tour because they sold out so quickly. I'm not sure his career is "flailing". He also is not even remotely obligated to commit to anything politically.
How convenient for him to add shows at this crucial time in history. I hope he goes the way of the Dixie Chicks---who at least didn't speak out of both sides of their mouths.
Lol. Yeah, I despise cowardly men who are given a chance to help heal this nation and who then throw that opportunity back in the face of Americans. If that is what silly is, so be it.
"Yeah, I despise cowardly men who are given a chance to help heal this nation ..." Right, and you were out there fighting to "heal the nation" when Obama was the President? Doubtful. People like you are the problem, not Garth Brooks.
Consensus, apparently I have struck a nerve. BTW, You don't know me.
I think it takes a considerable amount of "backbone" to stand up for what you believe in front of the entire world. Wish more people, especially in D.C., would have that kind of courage.
No backbone is required to save your own skin for fear of losing gigs. This has nothing to do with what they believe in, Kathleen, and everything to do with taking the easy way out. As for Garth, I hope his career is dies, utterly & completely.
Savvy, do you support the liberal celebrities who speak against Trump because they're standing up for what they believe in?
Aime, they believe Trump is a homophobe. False belief. They believe he is racist. False belief. They believe he is a fascist. False belief. I do not support false beliefs. All they're doing is cowering behind so-called beliefs.
So... no. You only respect those who speak up when they agree with your POV. Gotcha.
Just one more false statement, Aime. Twisting the truth is another leftist tactic. It is a shame you decided to use it.
So "backbone" to Kathleen = following the group mentality of every other liberal entertainer and elitist-supporting celebrity? Yeah, real courageous...They don't want to go, fine, but let's not over glorify these ideologues as brave b/c they're not.
No, what YOU are doing is writing off people's opinions as "false" based on your own opinions and using it as rationale to not respect them for sticking up for what they believe. I haven't twisted anything.
Aime, do not put words in my mouth, please. Your POV assumption about me is incorrect.
Sigh. I'm not putting words in your mouth. I'm observing the words that you yourself have used in the context of the question that I asked you.
Give me something substantial, dear Aimie. You haven't as of yet. I provided the reasons why leftists reject Trump. Each argument falls flat, i.e., no factual counter argument. Provide something we can examine.
"Do you support liberals who stick up for their beliefs"
"No because I think their beliefs are wrong"
Yeah, I dunno how I came to the conclusion that you don't support those who don't agree with your beliefs speaking up. Shrug. It's a mystery.
My bad for believing you had enough honesty to quote the truth. I never said what you have claimed I've said. It is all there in print. How disappointing, Aime. I actuslly thought you were better than that. My mistake.
Okay, then please prove to me that Donald Trump is NOT a racist or a sexist or whatever else. Those things are generally based on people's perceptions of him and are entitled to feel he is those things. That you feel he is not is ALSO an opinion.
Oh, Aime, Where is your proof? It's the same old script with libs; 1)Ignore substantive facts conservatives provide; 2) Again demand substantive facts they have already ignored; 3)Demand more proof which they will ignore again. 4) Have no integrity.
Where is my proof that people feel DT is of poor character? There are literally millions of people posting about it everywhere. Take a look. You're free to disagree but you are not the authority on "false beliefs."
Really surprised she hasn't jumped on the bandwagon and thrown out the term, "fake news" yet...
I understand perfectly what Aime is saying. People "believe" Trump is racist, homophobe, ect. because they've heard what he said & understand it to MEAN that Trump is those things. Trump supporters heard the same words, came to different conclu
Thanks, Hxprof. People come to different conclusions given the same information all the time. I think the minute we assume everyone who has a different opinion than us is flat-out wrong is the minute we stop learning and growing.
savvydating. You speak of 'substantive data' but are loathe to back up your opinions with such. I listened to Trump and my own ears picked up details in his speech which lead me to KNOW what he is, not what others believe. Don't categorize everyone.
I think entertainers have a right to voice their political opinions, just as I have a right not to purchase their product/services/entertainment in response. With that said, I personally believe that it's foolish to alienate a segment of your fans over some misguided notion that the world actually thinks you possess political expertise.
Let's be honest, these people don't even live in the same world as most Americans and get their beliefs from west coast elitist groupthink. Newsflash for those that threatened to leave the country (I know Garth wasn't one), no one cares...
Long winded answer, yes Garth is a wimp for bending to peer pressure and provided a "lame" and cowardly response.
Thank you, My Two Pennies. I wonder how many voters will follow up by not buying their products? Perhaps not that many.. Personally, I think those C&W artists who might have had the courage to perform would have increased their sales & popula
Agreed and anytime! I'm more of the classic rock sort, but yeah, talk about not understanding the demographics of your target market...
It's really a shame that a 16 year old girl has more guts than someone with the singing background as Garth. There is a strong young lady with the backbone that this country needs. It didn't take guts for Garth to NOT perform. It would take a lot more nerve for him to stand up to the people who is threatening these people that were supposed to perform.
Greg....Thank you for reminding me of the 16 year old, Evanco. That just drives the nail home on just how cowardly Garth is. But frankly, I always figured him for a wimp---even before all of this. I appreciate your comment.
On this note , the girl has a lot more to lose than this Brooks because he's apparently well into an established career. She made a choice that would hinder her career except for the fact that the public is calling for some backbone, as you put it.
The thanks belongs to you, gregas. I have since learned that while Miss Evancho has received support, she and her family have also received threats. Nevertheless, she affirms, 'I try to focus on the good.' What a brave young woman & family.
Perhaps it was his alter ego, Chris Gaines, that ultimately made the decision and we should not judge Garth too harshly!
AB, Are you defending Garth Brooks? If so, I am not surprised, just disappointed. The guy has no 'balls.' Any saavy woman or man can see that quite easily.
No I was making a joke....guess Stand-Up isn't my calling!
Thanks. I will look into Chris Gaines.
Ha ha that's a good one.
Thanks Terrie, I'm glad someone got the joke!
At least a dozen performers declined because of threats of boycotts or actual assault by the left.
You have the right to refuse to buy their music if they performed for Trump. You do not have the right to threaten harm against them, and liberal bullies ARE threatening harm against people. That is fascism, ironically from the liberals who keep accusing conservatives of the liberals' bad behavior.
Garth Brooks, while I am NOT a fan, is a citizen of the United States of America. Accordingly, the Constitution guarantees him every right to comment on politics or any other subject he chooses to comment on, and it protects him if he should decide to abstain from commenting. I am an artist and I don't recall reading in the guidebook where I am supposed to stand up for the "Red, White, and Blue". The assumption here is that if you live in the United States you should act patriotic according to someone else's view of patriotism; in this case you are replacing patriotism with nationalism and Garth Brooks will make that decision, not others.
In reference to the backbone comment, showing a backbone is usually circumscribed by some ideology, and not taking it on the chin because you were asked to support one you don't believe in. While you may disagree with that ideology, attempting to destroy that persons credibility because of that disagreement will avail you nothing.
I kinda want to make another profile so that I can give this another thumbs up.
Once is enough Aime. Thanks for your support. Stay intelligent.
Commonsensus, I see that you are quite in love with your own intellect. No need to turn this simple question about Garth's 'Karma' claim into a lecture about nationalism. Cowardliness is easily defined. Garth is a weak man, who stands for nothing.
savvydating. Obviously you are impressed, but not my intention. I simply wanted to help you understand where your logic fails. You confused no less than 2 concepts with what should be characterized as personal preference. Your welcome.
Like I said earlier....
And actually, I'm not impressed, but you can think that if you like. Thanks for chiming in, Consensus.
I don't really believe it is that big of a deal. It is certainly his choice to stay out of it, regardless of what his reasons are. Perhaps it is simply a desire to not subject himself to negative publicity. The way I see it, at least he didn't use the situation as an opportunity to bash Trump and his supporters.
Brooks had said that "He was open to performing. “It’s always about serving,” Then he backed out and let "Karma" decide. C&W artists do not criticize candidates, generally. (Except the Dixie Chicks & that was their demise.)
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