Willie Nelson raised the ire of his conservative fan base this week by telling Texans to vote Democrat. His fans, however, had a perfect counter-offer for the liberal musician.
On Wednesday, musician Willie Nelson announced that he had agreed to headline an upcoming rally for Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Republican incumbent Ted Cruz in the increasingly tight senatorial race. It will mark the very first time the 85-year-old has ever campaigned for a political candidate.
“My wife Annie and I have met and spoken with Beto and we share his concern for the direction things are headed,” Nelson said in a press release. “Beto embodies what is special about Texas, an energy and an integrity that is completely genuine.”
Needless to say, Willie’s fans were not happy, and they issued him a perfect counter-offer: Go ahead and campaign for your Democrats, we will stop buying your music and tickets to your shows.
Some Willie Nelson fans are seeing red after learning the country musician will be headlining a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. Dozens of people weighed in on Willie’s Facebook page Wednesday after he shared a story about the upcoming rally in Austin.
While some people told Willie he needs to stay out of politics, others threw insults at the music legend. Still others applauded Willie’s contribution to the 2018 campaign.
The event is set for Sept. 29 at Austin’s Auditorium Shores. Nelson is scheduled to perform alongside Joe Ely, Carrie Rodriguez, Tameca Jones and Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah Nelson. [Source: ABC 13]
According to The Daily Wire, country music fans shared their disappointment via social media. “Goodbye Willie, I don’t support socialist commies! You’re not going to advertise on my FB page either. Like we say in Texas, Now Git!” wrote one Facebook user.
“I agree, really thought Willie had more sense than this. Of course, Beto wants to legalize Marijuana! Lol,” commented someone else.
“Good bye Willie…you are not on the right side.. take a look around you and do the right thing…I always thought you were a patriot…wow what a let down. You would pick a socialist agenda and an Anti American fellow like BETO, shame on you,” wrote another social media user.
“Willie you just lost over half of your fans by getting involved in politics!! Fan no more!! I cannot believe you support open borders and gun control!! You have smoked too much dope! I guess that is what you and Beta have in common!” remarked another disappointed fan.
Yet another person wrote, “I knew you were a liberal in your personal beliefs. That was obvious, but to each their own. But you had to take it to the public. Just when I thought you were smarter than that…I find you are not…Such a shame to get on the showboat. You just lost some of your I am above it all.”
These entertainers just can’t seem to get it through their thick skulls — we want to enjoy their singing, acting, comedy, etc. We’re not interested in getting a lecture on politics from someone who has no idea what it’s like to face the struggles of everyday Americans.
Willie Nelson is entitled to his opinion, just like the rest of us. But his opinion isn’t worth more just because he’s famous. And therein lies the mistake that celebrities make by using their platform to promote an agenda: They don’t know more than the rest of us. They’re not any better informed. They should just shut up and sing.