Author’s Correction: This post was previously reflected as Brooks being in alignment with the rioters in Ferguson. I confess, in my haste and due to his previous statements concerning Barack Obama that I misread his comments. While I think his support for Obama is telling, especially in light of the Obama administration’s race baiting and sending of provocateurs to Ferguson, it appears to have been nothing more than a publicity stunt since there are no riots going on around the studio where The Tonight Show is aired. Brooks may agree or may not agree with the grand jury’s decision, the protests or the rioting, but has not come out and affirmed a position. I still question the extent of publicity stunt tactics like this which only give more fuel to the fire of what is taking place in Ferguson. With this statement, I have corrected the relevant portions of the article and the title to reflect this understanding. Many thanks to a friend who pointed it out to me.
Garth Brooks recently expressed his full support for Barack Obama and his administration. Now, he’s just digging his hole a little deeper. The Grammy award winning country star canceled his Thanksgiving appearance on The Tonight Show claiming that he believed it “distasteful” to promote his work as if nothing is wrong in the nation.
According to the local St. Louis Fox affiliate, “Singer Garth Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC’s “Tonight” show because he said it “seemed distasteful” given the reaction to the decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer.”
The singer/songwriter took to his Facebook page writing that he would “gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow” and then ended his post with, “Love one another.”
I don’t know what is distasteful about a country singer, who has nothing to do with Ferguson or what happened, appearing on a television show, which has nothing to do with Ferguson or what happened.
While Brooks did appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday, following the grand jury’s decision being made public, that appearance was pre-recorded. In addition to The Tonight Show, Brooks went on to cancel Live! With Kelly and Michael on Tuesday and Friday’s Today show.
Brooks is topping the charts with his comeback album Man Against Machine.
This is just another way to the American people’s attention away from the real criminals against the American people in Washington and to hinder justice from being done. It’s also a way for Brooks to gather publicity.
Though Rolling Stone said, “the machine certainly isn’t against him,” one wonders how Brooks and his album sales will do following this week’s promotion of Barack Obama and now this use of Ferguson to draw more attention to himself. One shouldn’t be surprised at these actions coming from an unrepentant adulterer. After all, it seems Brooks does have “friends in low places.”