Monday, March 5, 2018
Country Music Converged!
If you thought anything was intrinsically safe you have not been paying attention.
Nope SJWism has come to Country Music. They must be dug in good and deep because they felt free to attack Mike Huckabee, the NRA and traditional family values.
Country Music executives Jason Owen and Whitney Pastorek led a push to oust former Gov. Mike Huckabee from the Country Music Association Foundation board of directors, citing his support for the National Rifle Association and his views on LGBT issues. Huckabee, now a TV host, was out within a day of his appointment to the board.
Owen, whose agency manages artists including Faith Hill, Kacey Musgraves, and Midland, railed against Huckabee’s support for the NRA in a letter of opposition, calling his association with the pro-gun group “harmful and damaging,” and declaring, “I will not participate in any organization that elevates people like this to positions that amplify their sick voices.”
Owen also criticized Huckabee’s views on gay marriage and other LGBT issues, making it clear he was personally insulted by the “grossly offensive” appointment. He and his husband are fathers to one boy and are expecting twins. Owen said his companies and clients would withdraw all support from the CMA Foundation if Huckabee was not removed.
The CMA Foundation is a nonprofit that supports music education programs nationwide. Huckabee was appointed to the board based on his prior experience with education reform in Arkansas. He has also lobbied with the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for music education programs and backed funding the National Endowment for the Arts based on programs that assist kids in poverty to learn a musical instrument.
Pastorek, a CMA member best known as the manager for Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, also cited Huckabee’s pro-gun views in a broadside against him. After nothing his background in education, she concluded: “I find his choice to spend the past ten years profiting off messages of exclusion and hatred (not to mention the gun lobby) to be disqualifying.”
As with Owen, Pastorek’s opposition is not shocking. A former journalist from Los Angeles, Pastorek — in addition to her day job — is the Democratic Party social media strategist in Davidson County, TN (encompassing Nashville). Until March 1, she was a candidate for a state house seat; her announcement asked people to donate to Planned Parenthood Action and the ACLU instead of her campaign.
This is how they operate. They ask only for tolerance of their views...until there are enough of them.