The hyper-politicization of America continues.
Now, an American musician who performs at the inauguration of the President of the United States is subject to vilification and calls for boycott.
Regardless of one’s political leanings, when you hear it put that way, it sounds rather absurd, does it not?
Absurdity aside, this is precisely what is going on with country music star Toby Keith’s scheduled appearance at a summertime music festival in the Greater Chicago area. Keith was booked months ago to play at this year’s “Ribfest,” an annual food-and-music event in Naperville that benefits a variety of charities.
Well, according to a variety of media outlets, including Newsmax, because Keith committed the mortal sin of playing at President Trump’s inauguration, some Naperville residents have decided he doesn’t belong at Ribfest.
Newsmax quoted one resident, Amy Kakkuri, who told the Chicago Tribune that “I vote with my pocketbook. My money will be going to a different charity this year.”
“In the current political climate, it seemed overtly polarizing and political. It would have been short-sighted for them to not expect this reaction.”
When Ms. Kakkuri refers to the “current political climate,” do you suppose she ponders, for even a moment, the dubious contribution that has been made by the left to said climate? Not likely.
For its part, Ribfest has said at the official event Facebook Page that not only is Toby Keith staying, but that canceling his appearance was never considered by organizers.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large