Last week the Country Music Awards issued guidelines banning journalists from talking about the “Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like.”
It’s vital, more so this year than in year’s [sic] past due to the sensitivities at hand, that the CMA Awards be a celebration of Country Music and the artists that make this genre so great. It’s an evening to honor the outstanding achievements in Country Music of the previous year and we want everyone to feel comfortable talking to press about this exciting time. If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort.
That didn’t sit too well with Brad Paisley, one of country music’s biggest stars, who tweeted his displeasure with the guidelines:
“I’m sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines in 3…2….1…..”
And what do you know? CMA backed down and issued an apology.
CMA apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best of intentions to honor and celebrate Country Music.
Fast forward to Wednesday night’s Country Music Awards show hosted by Brad and Carrie Underwood. The duo lost no time taking advantage of the freedom to speak unfettered, and it wasn’t good news for the Embarrassment in Chief.
“Now Brad, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, but the CMA has given us some guidelines with specific topics to avoid,” Underwood began, “so we can’t be doing any of our silly little songs, because this year’s show is a politics-free zone.”
“Are you kidding me? That’s not fair,” Paisley replied. “So we can’t even do, like ‘Well, way down yonder on the Scaramucci…’ That doesn’t work?”
The two continued name dropping and included Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Paul Manafort; and then Brad started playing Underwood’s hit “Before He Cheats” with some notable changes to the lyrics.
In the middle of the night, from the privacy / of a gold-plated White House toilet seat / He writes ‘little Bob Corker, NFL and covfefe…’ And it’s fun to watch, yeah, that’s for sure / till Little Rocket Man starts a nuclear war / And then maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets.
The audience ate it up, which, considering that country music is supposedly the bastion of conservatism, is yet another shot across Trump’s weakened bow. That ship is sinking fast and, like the Titanic, it’s going down.