Don’t mess with Texas. Or country singers from Texas.
Neal McCoy, a hitmaker in the 1990s with seven Top 10 songs, has released a new song that shreds the National Football League players who take a knee during the national anthem.
From Conservative Tribune:
It’s called “Take a Knee, My A** (I Won’t Take a Knee).”
The video, which was debuted live by McCoy on stage and streamed on Facebook Live, has instantly vaulted McCoy back into the role of a country hero.
Here’s a look/listen:
“When I see someone on TV take their stand by bending their knee, whether it be on Astroturf or grass / I think of those whose freedom was not free, and I say: ‘Take a knee — my a**!’” the refrain goes.
It’s worth noting that no NFL team has used Astroturf or its equivalents since 2004, all moving to newer style grass-like artificial turf over a decade ago. However, that seems like more of a sports geek point, and the artistic license certainly hasn’t hurt Mr. McCoy’s listenership: As of Monday morning, the video already has 4.2 million views and 110,000 shares.
However, for McCoy, an East Texas native, the attention (and concomitant money) isn’t what this is about.
“I’ve been on 15 USO tours,” McCoy told KETK-TV.
“I’ve entertained our troops in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and all over the world. So, no, this is not a money grab. This is a guy that believes in our country, that does not like people kneeling, not standing with their hands over their hearts, for the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. That’s what I’m about.”
In fact, McCoy has said the Pledge of Allegiance on social media for a total of 676 in a row and counting, which has gone a lot less viral; one might gauge from that act that he’s a lot less interested in the money than the message.
The country star also had something to say about GQ’s decision to give Colin Kaepernick an award for citizenship.
“If you haven’t seen it they named their GQ ‘Citizen of the Year’ for 2017, Colin Kaepernick,” McCoy told KETK.
“Now, I didn’t read the article, I saw it when I was driving, I understand they’re probably going to say he’s done a lot for civil rights and everything, and maybe he has.
“Maybe whatever he was trying to do, with civil unrest, maybe African-Americans being treated wrong, or not equally, and some of that’s right. Maybe that’s what he was trying to do,” he said.
“But, taking a knee during the national anthem at a professional NFL game is not the way to do it.”
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