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Posted on 06/14/2002 9:07:33 AM PDT by SantosLHalper
(6/13/02, 4 p.m. ET) - Toby Keith was asked to perform his current bold and not-so-politically correct hit "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" on an upcoming ABC Fourth of July TV special in Salt Lake City hosted by ABC's own Peter Jennings. The deal fell through and according to Keith, it was Jennings himself who pulled the plug on the singer's performance.
He told LAUNCH: "The person with ABC who books it said, 'You're on, we want you to open the show with that song.' Fine, we made arrangements to be there. Got everything off the next day where we were doing two shows that day now, so we took the next day or two off. And Peter Jennings comes in and says that that song has lyric content that does not belong on his television network. So, I've been kicked off the special."
So what was Keith's reaction to Jennings's objection to his performing? "I think he's Canadian ain't he? So, It's our Fourth of July, not his. Tell him worry 'bout his and I won't come up there and sing at it either. But I will write him a new song."
Keith's "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)" is the singer's fastest rising-single to date. It currently sits at Number 12 this week on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
Keith wrote the song in the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies and the death of his father, who fought for the U.S. in the Army and lost his right eye.
--Nancy Brooks, Nashville
Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (Angry American)
American girls and American guys
Will always stand up and salute
Will always recognize
When we see Old Glory flying
There's a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night
When we lay down our head
My Daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye
But he flew a flag out in our yard
Till the day that he died
He wanted my Mother, my Brother,
My Sister and me
To grow up and live happy
In the land of the free
Now this nation that I love
Is falling under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flying in
From somewhere in the back
As soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man we lit up your world
Like the Fourth of July
Hey, Uncle Sam put your name
At the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shaking her fist
And the eagle will fly
And it's going to be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringing her bell
And it will feel like the whole wide world
Is raining down on you
Brought to you courtesy
Of the Red, White and Blue
Oh, justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
You'll be sorry that you messed
With the U.S. of A.
Cause we'll put a boot in your ass
That's the American way
Of the Red, White and Blue
Of my Red, White and Blue
Can't Petah find something to do in Toronto that day?
Seems to me that the only reason someone would object to the lyrical content would be if they were a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer.
So, let's put a boot in Peter Jennings ass now.
Someone ought to tell the high-school drop-out to get his pink pimpled posterior back to Ottawa, but I live in Ottawa, and we have enough liberal elitists here already.
Maybe he should move permanently to "Palestine", and be the anchor on their nightly news program. I understand he has lot's of girl-friends there.
Ashwari, Arafat: "All your media are ours.
We have arranged with Peter Jennings that he shall
have played our Palestinian anthem, 'Death to America'."
But when that same Canadian high-school dropout dictates what we see on TV, I have a real objection.
I wonder if other artists will withdraw from participating due to Keith's 'dismissal' from the program? That would be neat if they did.
Toby Keith's on line one...
I can't wait to hear that one. Hope this stays in the news enough that we get a heads up when it is released. Get 'im, Toby!
In regard to Mr. Jennings refusing to allow Toby Keith to perform his current bold and not-so-politically correct hit "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)", I have just one question:
When did a non-citizen like Jennings have the right to deny an AMERICAN citizen the right to free speech?
Wake up ABC, every day that passes with the continued employment of Jennings - a proven anti-America, terrorist-loving non-citizen - costs you more losses in viewers AND advertisement money.
Dude, If you are going to survive on free republic. Let me give you a tip.
DON"T GET US MAD AT YOU!!!
The United States wants to give two teams of Canadian snipers the Bronze Star, a decoration for bravery, for their work in rooting out Taliban and al-Qaeda holdouts in eastern Afghanistan, but Canadian defence officials put the medals on hold....
When he hit his first target, an enemy gunman at a distance of 1,700 metres, he said all that ran through his mind was locating his next target. "All I thought of was Sept. 11th and all those people who didn't have a chance and the American reporter who was taken hostage, murdered and his wife getting the videotape of the execution; that is my justification."
Of course, he has always cleaved off what didn't fit his agenda or worldview. Of course, he would defend anyone else's right to free speech as long as that speech was anti-American or immoral or lewd and lacivious. But, Lord foribd that it be a song that is pro-American and talks about kicking some terrorist a$$.
Hey, Peter Jihad! Why don't you just suck a rotten egg (or Hanan Ashrawi; I am sure that her eggs are rotten)?
Course I would not wish that on the Canadians either!!!
What Peter J does not understand is NOBODY cares what he thinks. I really wish I worked for ABC or Disney and could put an end to this IDIOT's New Program.
AH!!! He just makes me so angry.
And idiots like JHawker too.
And in this case he is just the host. When did the host of a special get to decide and censor who and what was in it.
Continuing my two-year (and going strong) personal boycott of abc news...
Yes but ABC refuses to do anything about this guy. In fact the encourage it by sitting quietly by and letting him do whatever he wants.
For instance the producer of the show approached Toby to do the show but then backed down when Peter whined.
IT HAS TO END
F-ing A, dude...
So some folks don't dig country music, JH... Even though I practically live breath and sh!t to it, I can understand that on some level. It's what's going on underneath. Jennings proved himself to be an utter waste of skin during the 911 tragedy, and now he's getting all ape-sh!t about AMERICANS who want to honor 911 in their own patriotic fashion. This is (partly) why I have NO respect for most Canadians. FReeper Canadians being a particular exception however. Jennings is obviously not going to butt out so he needs to be butted out.
"Mamma was oppressed by racism, Victim of the state of fascism, Drove a prison truck of sexism, Died of mean-spirited ageism"
Take it from there Toby! I'll take the top songwriting credit and in return we'll agree to publish through your music company.
On his news broadcast, I can see some content control (though the mere mention of content control shows that there is a bias). Even though he is nothing more than a glorified reader, I can see (though it doesn't hold much validity) an argument in that forum.
But, in an ABC special? This is what is so key to this story. I mean, of all places where he might want to remain "objective", it should be his news broadcast. The place he should be least concerned (and "let his hair down", so to speak) with an "objective" outlook would be an ABC special featuring muscial acts such as Mr. Keith.
This is a bunch of horse crap.
Note to ABC: Have you figure out why auidences have left en masse? Here is yet-another example...get it?
!10 out of 10 rednecks (inclusing their sisters) could kick the shiite out of your wimpy liberal arse.
Enjoy what will probably be your very short stay on FreeRepublic.
This Oklahoma "rednecker" likes all kinds of music and is especially a big fan of "soft adult comtemporary" music. That music format has had a few country songs on it's charts like "I hope you dance" and more recently "Bring on the rain."
It would sure be great to see Toby Keith's song crossover to the AC charts. He one true American and a great artist too.
As to the ABC deal with Keith, this is just example of why these news organizations are our enemies and not our friends. That JWalker fella if I'm not mistaken is the one who bad-mouthed Rush on another thread. Anybody that takes up for these news organizations (ABC,CBS,NBC,CNN,CNBC,MSNBC, et' al) is sleeping with the enemy as far as I'm concerned.
Good bye and good riddance to that no good disruptor. Glad to see Jim and the moderators on the ball.