Did you see Trace Adkins at the Rockefeller Tree Lighting special? He wore a Confederate flag earpiece, y'all. Don we now our provocative apparel! Seriously, Trace? You had to go and make a statement at a Christmas celebration? Really?
How disrespectful. Here everyone is, welcoming in the holidays. The whole point is to usher in all those warm, cozy Christmas spirits and what does he do? He wears an accessory that says, "Imma let you finish, Christmas Tree, but the War of Northern Aggression was a travesty!" You really have to go out of your way to pick one of those instead of just a regular, non-upstagy earpiece. And yes, I do think he was trying to be provocative.
The Confederate flag may mean "heritage" for some people, but for others, it's definitely a political statement. And Trace is one political man, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He knows what that symbol means to people, and as a performer he should know better.
Oh sure, you could say, "who cares, it's a free country" or "it's just an earpiece" or "hey it's Trace Adkins, what did you expect" or "why RU so makin him out to be racist thats dum wy cant U just git over it dum bich?" And the answer, oh eloquent defenders of the Confederate earpiece, is -- wait, I did not say he's racist, okay? -- the answer is that this is the ONLY thing I have heard about this special. The earpiece was all over Twitter. He got people talking about his stupid ear bud instead of the performances or the tree or freakin' AREN'T YOU GLAD IT'S CHRISTMASTIME. And that makes him the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, if only for an evening.
Ugh, he's like that uncle who gets drunk at your family gathering and starts ranting about politics when all anyone really wants to do is drink some eggnog and sing some carols. I mean, what, are we supposed to see his ears and go, "Wow, you know what? The South Will Rise Again and certain states should just secede, not that that's un-American or anything!" Sheesh. I guess we should all just be glad he didn't go and sing "White Christmas.""
Should Trace Adkins have taken more care in selecting his earpiece last night?
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