August 15, 2004
As reported in The Tennessean:
I don’t feel the need to talk about politics. Maybe it’s a Midwestern thing, but I was raised where your political party is kind of private. It’s nobody’s business.
There was an article in the Denver paper where a reporter had put me in company with some artists as being Republican because I played a benefit concert that was for families of fallen soldiers. I played it because I thought it was a good thing, and they raised over $2 million. It doesn’t matter what political party you believe in, we support our soldiers that are doing their job. But because (conservative commentator) Sean Hannity was involved in the concert, I got written up as being a Republican.
I do think, though, that artists have as much right to talk about politics as anyone else. I separate people’s music from their political views. This is America, and people should be able to say what they want, and people should listen to it with some tolerance.
If you don’t like what somebody says onstage, then fine: say, ”I don’t agree with that. That was a bad move.” Then go home, have dinner with your family and get on with your life. It’s amazing that we live in a time where somebody’s comments can make someone so incensed that they walk out of a show. I think that’s appalling.
- Martina McBride