Aldean is at at the center of the Las Vegas Shooting controversy. During his show in Vegas, a madman slaughtered and injured hundreds. There are stories everywhere that put Aldean on all sides of this issue. Why? Well, he’s made several statements since the tragedy.
Conservative Paper chronicles his SNL performance where he condemned the violence and suggests Aldean is now a gun control supporter.
During the show’s opening moments, the guy who brought us “Dirt Road Anthem” and other tunes completely sold out his values when he said that “people should not own more than one gun” and blamed the Las Vegas tragedy on the NRA.
He then sang liberal Tom Petty’s “Don’t Back Down” as the crowd of liberals cheered and whooped and hollered like their grandpappy’s latest batch of moonshine was done.
At the end of this statement, “he took a knee” as the house band played a few bars from the National Anthem.
In a statement after the show, Aldean said he chose “Don’t Back Down” because we need to be reminded “not to cave to the NRA’s terroristic agenda” and to “always stand up to gun violence and the policies that enable it.”
There was a backlash on Twitter with a #BoycottJasonAldean hashtag condemning his actions as anti-gun.
The Daily Wire reported Aldean skipped a chance to perform for Vegas survivors to perform on SNL.
Now Aldean has issued statements condemning violence and cancelling shows to honor the fallen.
“I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do,” Mr. Aldean said in a statement on Tuesday.
“It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends,” he said. Mr. Aldean was the final act of the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival, which ended in bloodshed.
The cancellations will affect three shows on Mr. Aldean’s “They Don’t Know” tour, all in Southern California. The tour is expected to resume on Oct. 12 in Tulsa, Okla.
“Our first time back onstage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do — play our songs for them,” the statement said.
What a mess! Controversy and confusion all over the place.
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