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Country Music Association Bans Confederate Flag & Fans Are Losing It

Country Music Association Bans Confederate Flag & Fans Are Losing It

It’s no secret that country music and its fan base can skew a little bit (or sometimes a lot) conservative. That doesn’t mean that the industry is obligated to stay stuck in the past, as Dolly Parton, among others, has clearly demonstrated. Still, every step forward is a step some fans will see as an assault, and banning of racist imagery is no exception.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 08: Tim McGraw performs on stage during day 3 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 08, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The Country Music Association’s CMA Fest, which starts in Nashville next Thursday and runs through Sunday, joins other events and organizations, including NASCAR, in banning the Confederate flag. According to USA Today, a spokesperson explained that this is more about refining language than changing policies, as they’ve “always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and ban discrimination.”

The CMA has a long list of prohibited items for the event, most of which looks just like the banned items list at many events and venues — large bags, drugs, firearms, laser pointers, outside food and alcohol, and so on, with a typical catch-all of “Other items deemed disruptive or dangerous at the discretion of Event Management. or offensive at the discretion of CMA and the venue.”

They also prohibit all flags, but the updated language also prohibits “Confederate flag imagery of any kind.”

Judging by Twitter responses, there’s a faction of fans who are not happy about this at all.

Some don’t mind a symbol associated with supporting racial inequality, if symbols supporting equality are banned too:

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Speaking of Black lives, though, this isn’t the first time the CMA has been too liberal for some fans. They set a few off back in December by tweeting about the Black Opry.

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