In response to the “discriminatory” and “divisive” testing and vaccine requirements being enforced by event venues across the US, country artist Travis Tritt is taking a stand with a public boycott.
Tritt announced early last week that he will be canceling all upcoming shows at concert venues that require masks, proof of vaccination, or negative COVID tests prior to admission. However, he also maintains that this is not meant as a statement against the vaccine itself, but rather a move to unite people against politicized COVID policies and segregation based on vaccine status.
But, as is always the case when a public figure breaks with the prevailing public health narrative, Tritt quickly found himself in T-R-O-U-B-L-E with the Left.
Taking A Stand For Freedom
Appearing on the 10/19 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the day after going public with his announcement, Tritt argued that his decision, unlike the venues’ COVID policies, is rooted in science.
“We have done about 75 shows so far this year, all over the country, and in spite of the fact that some people would try to label these as being ‘super-spreaders,’ the actual numbers don’t reflect that at all,” the “Great Day To Be Alive” singer stated. “As a matter of fact, quite the opposite. In most of these areas, we have seen the COVID numbers actually drop dramatically over the last few weeks and months, and so it came as quite a shock to me and a lot of my fans when during the first week of October, a lot of these shows had restrictions placed on them, not by the state, not by the local city government, not by the local health department and municipalities, but by the actual promoters and venue owners.”
After nearly two years of lockdowns and extreme restrictions meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, many people, Tritt included, believe that it’s time for the world to begin returning to normal.
At this point, vaccines are widely available to anyone who wants them, public awareness of health and sanitation is at an all-time high, and those who choose to attend public events do so fully aware of any potential risks. Even so, people around the world are eager to get back to living life the way they did pre-COVID…but now public event venues—often at the behest of the government—are enforcing stringent, borderline unscientific, restrictions.
“These people have been shut out from getting a chance to go see concerts for over a year, and they are finally getting a chance to do that again, and now they are being turned away for some unexplained reason, so this is not about following the science or trying to look out for the safety of the people there. This is about something else. This is trying to divide people,” Tritt continued during his interview with Carlson.
“This is trying to shame people. This is trying to basically discriminate against people that they don’t feel are clean enough to be part of enjoying a concert like that…I felt like I had to stand up for freedom; freedom for all of those people to be able to go out and do what they enjoy doing and enjoy a concert without being harassed.”
But, in a predictable reaction from the hysterical Left, Tritt’s announcement simply became a basis for even more harassment.
“Wing Nut Cancel Culture”
The following weekend, Tritt had the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, which saw the Atlanta Braves claim a victory over the Houston Astros.
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But in light of Tritt’s boycott, media coverage of his performance largely focused on the “controversy” and “confusion” stemming from the Braves’ decision to associate themselves with an oBvIoUslY AnTi-vAx musician.
“The Braves chose Tritt because he is a big fan of the team. Most teams bring out their most high-profile fans this time of year,” the Washington Post reported. “But the choice is somewhat puzzling because it seems to court unnecessary controversy, given Tritt’s stance against vaccination mandates.”
In a much more aggressive op-ed, USA Today stated, “On the night of one of their most important game [sic] in 20-plus years, the Atlanta Braves have chosen to wade knee-deep into the culture war of the moment and bring COVID-19 politics into the ballpark. … for the Braves to choose Tritt as the performer for this particular game, after this particular week, can only be interpreted as a middle finger to the segment of its fan base that stands on the side of science and an endorsement of the kind of misinformation that keeps the COVID-19 pandemic going strong.”
In response to the negative media response to his performance, Tritt took to Twitter, thanking the Astros for allowing him to show his love for his country and condemning the “wing nut cancel culture” that wanted to deprive him of the opportunity.
“So the wing nut cancel culture tried to pressure the Atlanta Braves into forcing me not to sing the National Anthem at Game 6 of the NLCS,” Tritt tweeted. “I’m so thankful that the @braves did not cave to this pressure and refused to be bullied. Thanks for allowing me to pay tribute to America.”
So the wing nut cancel culture tried to pressure the Atlanta Braves into forcing me not to sing the National Anthem at Game 6 of the NLCS. I’m so thankful that the @braves did not cave to this pressure and refused to be bullied. Thanks for allowing me to pay tribute to America.🇺🇸
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) October 24, 2021
Even in the face of social pressure and media condemnation, Tritt places his personal values and love for his country against the will of the mob…and he’s not the only big-name artist doing it.
A Growing Musical Movement
While Tritt is one of the first to so openly push back against COVID-related requirements, he is not alone in taking this kind of pro-America stance in the music industry.
Though it hardly comes as a surprise, the country music world is full of both artists and fans who believe in what this nation stands for.
For example, artist Jason Aldean, another chart-topping country singer, frequently makes statements expressing his love for his country. Though Aldean typically seeks to remain apolitical, his wife’s known anti-Biden stance has drawn criticism from which he does not hesitate to defend her.
“I will never apologize for my beliefs or my love for my family and country,” Aldean said in an Instagram post. “This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way.”
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Similarly, over the Fourth of July weekend earlier this year, Staind lead singer-turned-country artist Aaron Lewis released “Am I The Only One,” a chart-topping anthem condemning the efforts to tear down American culture and erase its history and values.
Equally impactful is Lewis’ habit of not only allowing but actively leading “F**k Joe Biden” chants at his concerts…not that country music fans needed much encouragement to begin the chant.
Aaron Lewis (Staind) giving Joe a proper salute…. pic.twitter.com/JTaVEI2N7s
— Patriot239 (@patriot2392) September 27, 2021
But in something of a shock to the music world, the rap and hip-hop industries have also seen pro-America demonstrations condemning Joe Biden and other aspects of the Leftist agenda.
During a concert earlier this month, Rapper Pitbull, a staple of the Latin-American music scene, succinctly stated that “whoever the f**k doesn’t like the United States of America, may God bless you, but f**k you at the same time. If you don’t like the United States of America, go back to the countries that we the f**k from, and you’ll see how much you appreciate the United States of America.”
YES! SPOT ON! 💯🇺🇸 @pitbull
— Justin Roman (@LiveWithRoman) September 29, 2021
In a similar vein, rapper Tom MacDonald has been consistently putting out anti-Leftist songs, with his initial hit “Fake Woke” reaching over 22 million views on YouTube in just a few months.
The list continues from there.
As the world continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, people are eager to get back to normal life, despite the government’s best efforts to keep them on lockdown. That’s what makes statements like Travis Tritt’s so impactful. The cultural Left, in its COVID-era moral outrage, wants nothing more than to keep the free people of the world fully under their control, and they do not hesitate to ruin the lives and livelihoods of those who question their narrative.
But things like this serve as a reminder to all of us that we are not alone, and as long as the American people are willing to fight for the cause of freedom, it is and always will be a Great Day To Be Alive.
And to any Leftists infuriated, offended, or otherwise outraged by Tritt’s decision, I’ll leave you with the indelible words of the man himself…