I’m not a big fan of commercial country music. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the worst forms of music ever created and the world would be a better place if it never existed. That being said, I still appreciate Garth Brooks, consider him a talented musician, and the greatest performer in that cliche ridden genre.
I’m also not a big fan of the Oklahoma State football program. In fact, I’d say it’s one of the worst football programs in the country, and should probably move to NAIA so the school’s fans can know what it’s like to finally win a deserving, non-retroactive national championship. That being said, I still appreciate Barry Sanders, consider him an amazing player, and the most fun and exciting running back I’ve watched in my lifetime.
Anyway, I bring all this up because I needed an intro for this story about darn tootin, ‘Merica lovin country music fans and / or Russian social media farm bots flipping out over a photo of Garth Brooks wearing a Barry Sanders jersey.
Via the NY Post:
Garth Brooks was burned by fans who thought he was feeling the Bern.
The country star ignited a firestorm for wearing a Barry Sanders jersey at his concert in Detroit — as some confused the former Lions running back for the White House hopeful from Vermont.
“Good grief. Can’t you just do what you get paid to do ????” one Instagram user wrote in response to the image Brooks posted of himself wearing the No. 20 jersey at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, on Saturday night.
Clearly, user jenjensoccermomma thought Brooks was singing the praises of Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic socialist who is the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race.
“Why why why does it have to involve politics !!! So sad. We don’t pay good money for anything other than to watch you perform. 😡Thought you were different,” the user wrote.
“If this is for Bernie Sanders, I’m done with you,” another user wrote. “I thought you were a true American that loves Our Country?”
I know Instagram comments are the last place to turn for intelligent comments, but this takes stupidity to new levels. Actually, it doesn’t:
38% of Americans wouldn't buy Corona beer "under any circumstances" because of the coronavirus, according to a recent survey.
Just to be abundantly clear: There is no link between the virus and the beer. https://t.co/xNUnkZvwtE
— CNN International (@cnni) February 28, 2020
Anyway, Garth Brooks – a guy who is worth approximately $350 million dollars – once sued a hospital to get back a $1-million donation. He’s also so greedy and weird that he won’t release his music on streaming services or YouTube. I really doubt he’s the type of guy who’s going to A) piss of his profitable right wing fan base and B) endorse a President that wants to obliterate America’s borderline-immoral for-extreme-profit healthcare system.
And even if he is a Bernie Sanders supporter, who in the world would wear a Bernie Sanders football jersey? I doubt Bernie knows the difference between a nickleback and Nickelback.