Currington announced his decision to pull out via Facebook:
“I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues – I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization. I appreciate people’s freedom and passion for whatever cause they want to support, however, I am choosing to step aside from this fundraiser and will focus instead on the rest of the tour dates as I look forward to being on the road with Tim and Chase and having a blast with all of the fans.”
July 17th is still months away and the pull out of Billy Currington has left Tim McGraw alone in the spotlight of fan displeasure. As this story breaks, the heat rises and the question now looms, How long before Tim feels the pressure of the fan backlash? For Tim McGraw to cancel the concert is not nearly as easy as it was for Billy Currington to separate himself. Not only is Tim McGraw the headliner, but his fiddle player, Dean Brown, is a long time friend of Sandy hook parent Mark Barden. He has also taken some heat for supporting Barack Obama for President back in 2008, when he told People Magazine, “It’s innate in me to be a blue-dog Democrat. I’m not saying I’m right or wrong, but that’s what I am. My wife and I and our family will do everything we can to support Obama. I like his ideas, I like his energy, and I like the statement he would make for our country to the world.” Granted, that was in 2008 and BEFORE Obama became President. Despite recent reports of his being an “Obama Supporter” the only public statement he has made on the issue is this one quote from 2008. Still he has become viewed as a sort of turncoat by many Americans, country music fans and pro-gun patriots.
The gun rights vs. gun control debate has been a very hot topic of late and passionate fought on both sides. Recent polls have indicated that American’s support for gun rights is now higher than support for gun control for the first time since the polling question began being tracked. Billy Currington is not the first, nor will he be the last, entertaininer to suffer fan backlash in regards to political issues. Country entertainers have traditionally been very pro-Americana, pro-gun rights, pro-liberty and although they are typically generous to a fault, this particular fundraiser struck a very bad chord with alot of McGraw and Currington fans. Currington’s distancing himself from the fundraiser will be viewed favorably by many, but skeptically by some as well. It remains to be seen whether his fans will view his backing out of the fundraiser as a principled action or business decision.
Jon Britton aka DoubleTap is Chief Operating Officer of CDH, Inc., a regular contributing author and regularly involved in most aspects of their social media. “Writing was never a goal or even vaguely contemplated as a career choice, it just happened, an accidental discovery of a talent and a passion.” A passion that has taken him in many directions from explorations of the zombie subculture and zombie stories to political advocacy. Joining the U.S. Air Force right out of high school, Jon had the opportunity to experience many different parts of the world and different cultures. His post military career path, both white collar and blue collar, allowed him to work alongside both CEOs and average Joes. As a founding member Cold Dead Hands his study of human nature and writing ability found a purpose. His zombie roots provided a variety of issues from prepping to human behavior under crisis to firearms that he applies to his advocacy for gun rights. A ravenous appetite for the study of history combined with his current events political junkie addiction led to him writing an e-book Gun Sense: Past, Present and Future.