Country Singer Toby Keith on Gay Marriage and DADT
He's a white trash-country boy, so he opposes gay marriage and also the service of homosexuals in the military.
"That whole gay issue thing, that's never bothered me," (Toby Keith) told CMT Insider correspondent Allison DeMarcus. "I've never seen what that affects and why anybody should care -- and they never do affect me."
He continued, "First of all, we're going to stop somebody from getting a marriage license because they're gay? You won't stop them from living together, so what have you accomplished? ... Wasting a lot of money here and a lot of time that could be spent working on this deficit that we're under ... I never saw the reasoning behind getting in people's personal lives."
Keith went on to say, "But the military is a tough thing. I don't worry as much about the heterosexual people fighting as I do ... about the gays. ... In the military or any class in life, you have people who have problems with it, and I'm wondering how that's going to be compatible on the battlefield. That's the only question I have, other than that I don't care.
"It's just such a big issue that people make such a big stink about -- 'don't ask, don't tell.' ... And that sounds like our government: 'We'll fix it by saying, "Don't ask, don't tell." Everybody agree, raise your hands. All right, let's go get a snack,'" Keith added with a laugh.
"You know, I don't know enough about what they proposed or what they've put in place here. ... Somebody's sexual preference is like, 'Who cares?'"
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/25/2013|
The Freepers at FreeRepublic are not amused:
"My copy of his greatest hits CD will be headed for the trash. I have no desire to listen to his music or to anything he says ever again."
"Toby is one of the good ones for crying out loud...I am not so sure that his favoring rump humpers in the military isn't some tactic of his to focus on music. That said, he had better come out in support of the GOP nominee or he risks losing too many fans."
"He should have never been a demi-god on FR. He is the entertainment version of Joe Lieberman. It's great that he supports the troops, but he was never anywhere close to being “pure.” I think some people just want any celebrity to be conservative, so they assume any celebrity who makes one conservative statement must be that way everywhere."
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/01/2011|
Either way, I'd suck it till it bled.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/01/2011|
Toby Keith rules. Stop hating.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/01/2011|
Like the female singer in sugarland he is an admitted democrat. Garth Brooks has also been pro gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/01/2011|
Toby Keith singing for soldiers in Iraq.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/01/2011|
the female singer in sugarland KICKED OUT the openly lesbian band member in that group.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/01/2011|
Best case scenario Toby Keith
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/01/2011|
Correct me if I am wrong. Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Bonnie Raitt, Neko Case. Also, there are plenty that are Democrats, if not explicitly pro-gay.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/01/2011|
Toby had a great song on Stephen Colbert's Christmas show a couple years ago. I can't find it on YouTube. Since then, I've thought he's okay.
Oh, and Garth Brooks is pro-gay because he has a sister who's a lesbian.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/01/2011|
Toby Keith supported Obama in 2008. Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are additional country singers who are Democrats
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/01/2011|
Loretta Lynn has a grandson that is not only gay, but a drag performer as well!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/01/2011|
Don't worry. I am a Datalounger, and highly suspicious of everyone and everything.
I promise to verbally beat up friends and foes alike, although I get an extra kick out of slapping down people who make tentative, vaguely pro-gay statements that may alienate their conservative audience/customers.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/01/2011|
Toby Keith voted for Obama. I'm not sure he will "endorse the GOP candidate" because I think he's a Democrat, just fairly discreet about it, probably to avoid putting off his redneck teabagger fans.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/01/2011|
Actually Toby Keith has turned in his Democrat card and has no registered as an Independent.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/01/2011|
Americans are blind to the rabid right wing force driving Country Music. Ask somebody outside of the USA how scary Country looks, how scary Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins look to non Americans.
Holly crap people, Country Radio won't even play Dixie Chicks still today, because they publicly spoke out against Bush ONCE, 8 years ago. They won't play k d Lang either.
Some Americans live in such an isolated world.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/01/2011|
I am NO fan of Toby Keith, but I'm glad he said this, and it really exposes Freepers for the hateful intolerant bigots that they are, the way they are reacting to this.
I'd love for more conservative "darlings" to come out and say shit like this.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/01/2011|
Who is the token Black Guy in Country today, Cowboy Troy or did they allow another one in?
Is Keith Urban still the token Foreigner?
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/01/2011|
Shania Twain was there first, before Keith Urban.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/01/2011|
R22, probably Darius Rucker.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/01/2011|
R22 is referring to Cowboy Troy. The only country rapper (because he can't sing).
He is a novelty act on anti-gay country singer John Rich's tour.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/01/2011|
I've always had a secret appreciation for Toby Keith because he's not afraid to piss off ANYONE. And I do mean anyone.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/01/2011|
R6 & R10 - for real? Toby can say all the pro-gay stuff he wants. We need people like him to speak up and speak out, particularly when their audience is full of redneck Christaholics.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/01/2011|
Disgusting. He must be one of them queers. Not a real man like Kenny Chesney.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/01/2011|
Toby likes it in the Rear-known fact
|by Anonymous||reply 29||11/21/2012|
Is the guy that's married to the actress that played the daughter in the Father of the Bride movies a freeper too?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||11/22/2012|
Don't listen to all the appeasers and blithe apologists..from what I can tell you're pissing off all the right people.
Like my grandma always said..."Speak the truth, shame the Devil!"
|by Anonymous||reply 33||11/22/2012|
I'm impressed that he said this before the election.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||11/22/2012|
Garth Brooks' sister is gay and played bass in his band; K.D. Lang chose country music as her genre, probably because there are a lot of lesbians flourishing in Nashville as singers, songwriters, and producers - Janis Ian has lived there for years. the idea that Nashville is not gay-friendly is absurd. I lived there for quite some time and was quite surprised at how many lesbians worked in the music biz and were not closeted. Also, Randy Travis was made a star by a big fat well-known gay manager, producer whose name I cannot remember, Johnny something.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||11/22/2012|
It`s all closeted r35.
We can talk when all of America knows what you claim to know.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||11/22/2012|
Well r10 is right that Country music is essentially all white, so the Nazi reference might be a bit over the top, but still apt. Rock music is actually worse though, since it's not only mostly white, it's mostly male too. So sick of the endless monotony of 4 or 5 white guys with their electric guitars. Especially since the critics have always exalted white rock above everything else.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||11/22/2012|
I thought Randy Travis was made a star by his beard who's since divorced him and had legal battles with him.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||11/23/2012|
When I read the article, and the following comments, I had to laugh at the guy who wanted equal rights, and that meant to shower with the women if gays can shower with him. Had to laugh because I imagined him trying to keep it flaccid. What most people don't know is that country boy, all-time hero, (WWII), Audie Murphy was outed by his fellow serviceman. If he can be a superhero, and was bi, why stereotype gays? There are very manly gays in the service. There are accounts in the chronicles of wars, about gays having served. The religious part; that should be private as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||11/23/2012|
I think one would have to have a private conversation with "insiders" to find out who was/is gay, or bi in country. And he, or she, would have to care enough to even want to dicuss. I have a friend who listens to a local country station. He complained about the dj's daily putdowns on gays. And the insinuations; he claimed that the dj's made constant fun of Kenny C. My reaction: Do the dj's protest too much?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||11/23/2012|
k d Lang was banned from Country Music radio when she came out.
Country Music is the Soundtrack of anti-gay America.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||04/06/2013|
I always thought Toby was a tough guy but it turns out he is just a wimpy follower that is afraid to speak the truth because he does not want to lose a dollar. This country is becoming a septic tank thanks to all these so called singer /artist/actors that think they should have an opinion in politics. people would like them more if they keep their mouth closed and just sang. When the view their beliefs on TV or the news they lose many fans. Nobody wants to hear their opinion on gays. They only do it for the sake of money and getting some publicity. I am sooo sick of all these entertainers, they are all fakes!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/25/2013|