The recent Country Music Association Awards may have given us the impression that country music is all about community and unity. That it’s about love for the artists and their work. And though there’s definitely much of that, it isn’t the whole story. Jimmy Kimmel recently proved this on his show with “Mean Tweets – Country Music Edition.”
“Can we just move on?”
Obviously, not everyone loves country music. And just like the music, the stars can be just as controversial. So leave it to social media to give people an anonymous outlet to share their definitively uncensored views.
Jimmy Kimmel Live recently broadcast “Mean Tweets – Country Music Edition,” which is country stars reading mean tweets about themselves.
Some of the artists were indignant.
Some were amused.
Others were completely un-phased.
Zach Brown Band’s music created the worst day of someone’s life. Hearing a Darius Rucker song was apparently the worst thing that ever happened to another tweeter. Rucker responded with an incredulous (but authentic) laugh, and the reply, “The worst?”
Shelton seemed rather unbothered by the tweeter’s desire to throw him “off an highway overpass by his legs and watch him get obliterated by a Peterbuilt pulling a stupid house.” Despite his deadpan tone, his face had a look of disbelief.
Speaking of unbothered, Trace Adkins seemed to be 100% unbothered by the guy who asked, “If we all just agree that Trace Adkins is an asshole, can we just move on?” With no change in facial expression, he tersely responded, “I have.”
A few other stars had completely different reactions.
“Ugly people can still win awards.”
Whereas some of the artists appeared unbothered or incredulous, others seemed quite bemused by the tweeters.
Chris Stapleton had a laugh from the tweet that he’s “proof that ugly people can still win awards.” And when Old Dominion’s guitarist, Brad Tursi, read the vulgar suggestion made to them, they doubled over in laughter.
Little Big Town’s reaction was a mix of laughter and horror at the description of their music. Apparently they “sound like they threw a bunch of cats in a bag and beat them with a tennis racquet.”
Regardless, the artists took it all in stride; none of them will lose any sleep over it.