‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Scandalized That Kacey Musgraves Dropped an F-Bomb While Condemning Gun Violence
In the wake of the two separate mass shootings that rocked the United States during the first weekend of August, Fox News' Fox & Friends hosts are horrified -- by Kacey Musgraves' onstage profanity. On Wednesday (Aug. 7), show host Ainsley Earhardt tapped conservative pundit and author Todd Starnes to air their grievances about Musgraves' expletive-laden message to lawmakers during her Lollapalooza 2019 set on Sunday (Aug. 4).
"I don't know what the answer is, but obviously something has to be f--king done. Maybe somebody will hear us if we all yell together," Musgraves said during her Lolla set, leading the crowd in a plea to lawmakers to address the epidemic of mass shootings in the U.S. She and her fans then let out a massive yell: "Somebody f--king do something!"
However, it wasn't the dozens of people gunned down in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over that weekend that concerned Earhardt and Starnes most during their Wednesday segment. Rather, their conversation was about Musgraves' foul language.
"She's up there preaching about gun control, but how about her language? What happened to wholesome country singers?" Earhardt laments.
"I suspect she was put on a good many church prayer lists after that diatribe at Lollapalooza!" Starnes jokes in response. "I'm not really surprised by this. I actually have in my book an entire chapter of how country music is actually going liberal."
Starnes cites a Billboard article from June 2018, which chronicles the changing face of the country music industry, in particular, its younger stars. Artists including Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw and Musgraves herself are just a few of the big-name stars who have spoken out in support of greater gun control legislation. Starnes had harsh words for that trend -- "Liberalism is a lot like kudzu: Once that starts to grow on something, you can't get rid of it, and it kills everything it touches," he said -- but another point made in the segment is whether young country music fans should be idolizing a singer who drops f-bombs onstage.
"But what about the kids? I mean, she's asking them to chant the f-word. I thought about that. I don't want my daughter -- I mean, these young girls, they look up to these musicians," Earhardt continues.
As of Aug. 5 -- the 217th day of 2019 -- there had been 255 mass shootings in the U.S. since the beginning of the year, according to data from Gun Violence Archive. As recently as July 28, a gunman killed three people at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California, during an open-air festival that included performances from several country music performers.
The mass shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival, which took place during Jason Aldean's festival-headlining set, remains the deadliest non-war shooting in U.S. history to date, with 58 concertgoers killed and 851 more injured. But sure -- it's liberalism and Musgraves' foul language that truly pose a threat to country music and the people who love it.
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