ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Fires His Opener For Wearing A ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat

Written by | November 9, 2018 1:16 am | 189 responses

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Just like America, the blues-rock-country world is basically divided between super-conservative guys — the Ted Nugent and Kid Rock of this world — and liberals weed smokers/feminists –the Willie Nelson and Dixie Chicks of this same world. I once tried to make a list of musicians who support Trump, but we now know one thing: ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons is not one of them.

America’s Got Talent’s finalist, Benton Blount, a country singer/guitarist from Greenville NC, was on tour with the famous ZZ Top man, but revealed on his Facebook page that he was fired after posting a photo of himself wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and an “I voted” sticker. He was already 4 shows into a 7-show slot opening tour with Gibbons, when he learned the news. In a Thursday interview with The Greenville News, Blount said he was told by Gibbons’ management that he’d been removed from the tour once he and his band had already arrived in Atlanta where he was supposed to play.

The firing has enraged his fans, who are now screaming ‘liberal fascism’ and leftist intolerance’… ‘Guess you’re not allowed to have different opinions now’… wrote someone, ‘when did it become illegal to support our President’ wrote someone else. Illegal? Err…Gibbons had all the rights in the world to not associate himself with someone he didn’t like, a guy with a podcast which, looking at this page, has all the trademarks of a pro-Trump propaganda … I wonder why they didn’t check this earlier! Blount spoke up and has to assume the consequences, he is not banned from playing music, just banned from opening for Gibbons, who is also taking a lot of criticisms from his most conservative fans. They are saying they will boycott his shows, and that makes it equal.

This story is interesting because Gibbons has never been the most politically engaged musician in the world and a year ago he even declared this to Rolling Stone, when he was asked about Trump as a president: ‘It’s a hard job to fulfill. You got to let the guy who holds that place do the best they can. And it’s a topsy-turvry position. It’s very challenging no matter who is in the chair. But I don’t mind the guy. I mean, I have never been politically motivated one direction or the other. I am glad I don’t have to do it as I said it’s a challenge that really quite a great bit of fortitude and stamina. We will see. Frankly I don’t care. Just make sure we keep this country in a forward direction.’

It took someone like Trump to politically motivate Gibbons in one clear direction.

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189 Responses to “ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Fires His Opener For Wearing A ‘Make America Great Again’ Hat”

  1. Shain

    Its disgusting that people cant have differing views. These liberal douchebags deserve a good Texas ass whoopin. I wonder if this was Billys call or some soyboy wuss. I hope Billy will clarify.

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    • Richard Shlosser

      If you want to support a self professed sexual predator, Trump, that’s your right. It’s also my right and Billy’s not to…who in their right mind wants to be associated with that kind of filth?

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      • Spirit of 76

        Where can you not have different views? Choosing to not want to be around someone for whatever reason is no one stifling your views.

        You right wingers talk so tough. Yet cry so much about ANYTHING that you perceive to be a slight on your “freedoms”. You cant have it both ways. And there are consequences for everything. You dont get to say unpopular stuff or be douches and un “politically correct” yet when confronted, called out, or attacked for it. Cry about it. Which is all you guys do.

        If you want to hold an unpopular or disgusting opinion around people that don’t agree or are going to call you out, attack you or *gasp!* not want to be around you for it.

        That’s like starting a fight. Getting your tail whipped. Then pressing charges with cops. And being mad when your friends dont want to be friends with you anymore because of your actions.

        But that exactly how you guys live. Like a bunch of babies and cowards.

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        • The Void

          It will forever mess me up that these folks think ignorance, hate and fear are valid points of view or opinions.

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        • Steve Fleming

          Let me fix this for you….

          Where can you not have different views? Choosing to not want to be around someone for whatever reason is no one stifling your views.

          You “left wingers” talk so tough. Yet cry so much about ANYTHING that you perceive to be a slight on your “political views”. You cant have it both ways. And there are consequences for everything. You don’t get to say unpopular stuff or be douches and un “politically correct” yet when confronted, called out, or attacked for it. Cry about it. Which is all you guys do.

          If you want to hold an unpopular or disgusting opinion around people that don’t agree or are going to call you out, attack you or *gasp!* not want to be around you for it.

          That’s like starting a fight. Getting your tail whipped. Then pressing charges with cops. And being mad when your friends don’t want to be friends with you anymore because of your actions.

          But that exactly how you guys live. Like a bunch of babies and cowards.

          It applies equally well both ways sir….

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          • TheWhiningsHilarious

            Sure doesnt. The initial point was that conservative cucks crying “freedom of speech!” fail to grasp that Gibbons is free to fire an act for supporting a fascist. Same thing hed do if the guy was sporting of your other team icons like a swastika for example.

            Your new point seems to be that youre a whiney cunt that doesnt grasp that a private individual is not the government and therefore allowed to fire whoever the fuck theyd like.

          • Martha W. Rigby

            Well, if I don’t have to make your wedding cake because of my religious beliefs, I certainly don’t have to hire you because of my politcal ones.

          • Gregg

            Don’t you have a Klan rally to get to?
            Gibbons has the right to association or non-association.
            And if you think this clown Trump is “Making America Great Again” you must have a huge stock portfolio, because it isn’t showing up in the farming sector, manufacturing or service areas.
            And when you’ve got the Pentagon getting a $750 billion boost, should our enlisted families be having to rely on food stamps and food banks, while Trump’s cabal in Mar-a-Lago carve up the VA?

          • Don

            This is not a party or a debate. We are talking about a job and Billy is the boss. This Talent Show singer should shut up and count his blessings for even being in the same room with Gibbons. This trump lover is a disgruntled ex-employee.

          • Waveman

            You have a case here, but the left wingers don’t “talk tough”, which takes away the hypocrisy, & makes your point invalid.

        • ConcernedCitizen

          Corrupt Hillary? She has no charges against her. He defrauded kids / parents out of money for Trump University. He has many charges of sexual abuse against, bankruptcies, etc. And, not to mention his obviously poor judgment on some, if not most of his cabinet appointments. The man is corrupt as they come and I have a feeling it wont be long before the skeletons start running put of his closets.

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        • Homa Sapiens

          You can always tell what the right wing has done, is doing, is afraid it will get caught doing.,.. they blame it on Hillary.

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          • Jack Douillard

            Or better yet, that comment. I mean, there was NO election interference on Trump’s side, but there was on Hillary’s side… Might wanna bury yourself in a hole…

      • Ginger

        No! It’s not about supporting Trump. I don’t. But I do support an individual’s right to do so. I support your right to wear a t-shirt that says “I hate Trump” and I support another guy’s right to wear a t-shirt that says ” Ilove Trump”. Because that’s what America is supposed to be. I’m so sick and tired of everybody having to walk on eggshells around the person next to them. And yes if you want to claim tolerance, no matter what your political party is then be true to that. Firing someone because you don’t agree with their clothing style or political opinion is intolerance no matter what side of the aisle you’re on.

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        • Alvin Cheung

          Ginger, you missed the point. It should be clear from the article that Billy Gibbons wanted the show to stay neutral. His opening act torpedoed that position and the firing IMHO was entirely appropriate.

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          • marianne

            No Alvin YOUR missing the POINT. I happen to agree with Ginger. The article I read said “The singer was fired for “posting a picture”. Didn’t wear it to the concert (had nothing to do with “THE SHOW”). Sooooo What, exactly, is your point?

        • Rick

          so you would support someone with a Swastika on there hat? Now thats un ~American. It’s the samething.

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      • Gerald Priest

        I agree with Richard Shlosser. Trump is a Narcissist of the worst kind; a mental disorder that cannot be cured. Look it up in the DSM-5 Narcissist. Every indicator you can put Trump’s face beside. Just google DSM-5 Narcissist,and if you can’t see Trump, it’s because you don’t want to or just don’t care. In either case it show you will support whoever is republican no matter what they say, do , or want to do. BTW Obama is rated as the 8th best president in the US. Trump is at the very bottom. Look it up.

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        • Jilly

          Completely agree. I just hope that people vote this time and get him outta there. He is dangerous and completely unconcerned about his lies and corrupt behaviour. And I don’t even live in the States!

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      • Jzay Lew

        thank you for dealing with the facts…Trump and I go back to 1972…he was a NY street thug, (still is.IMO.)…immoral, a liar, on his second wife….a manipulating charlatan, a la Rasputin and the murderous Reverend Kool Aid Jones….

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      • Frank

        Ya…like your liberal Democrat masters aren’t sexual predators (Bill Clinton anyone?)….the fact that you think that only Republicans or conservatives are this way shows just how either willfully obtuse or flat out ignorant you truly are…..

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    • Gary White

      It was Billy’s call. I’m from Texas and I know Billy personally. Some of my richest multi-millionaire friends who were Republicans and might benefit from Trump’s fiscal positions have turned against Trump because of his blatant dishonesty and dictator way of thinking. Shain my Texas friends with a brain would love to give your ignorant way of thinking a good Texas dumb ass beat-down.

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    • Mitchell

      Since liberals are, always have been, and always will be the only true American patriots, it seemed like a good call on his part. These MAGA losers are morally and mentally deficient, just like the fake president.

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      • A

        Right?!! They lost those wars….all of them!! MAGA’s are the mega losers of this world!! Lol

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    • Michael

      “Shain”? Nice proudboy name. Unless you the Rev. B. Gibbons, you ain’t got shit to say. Now go listen to Kid Rock you wet fuckin’ sandwich.

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      • Isaac

        Kid Rock is a great guy and a hell of a musician. Don’t bash the dude for having different opinions.

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    • Robyn

      Shain, do you mean an ass whoopin like that Texas bitch Ted Cruz took from the liar-in-chief?

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    • Derf261

      Well they can have a differing opinion they just can express it on the stage as an employee of Billy Gibbons. They can wear the hats after they are done with their job! ISNT THAT WHAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT THE NFL PLAYERS WHEN THEY TOOK A KNEE! Now the shoe is on the other foot!

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      • LarryWC

        Well said. Good parable to the taking a knee thing.
        If there is one thing Trump supporters really love…it’s being hypocrites.

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    • B.

      They totally can have different views. Billy didn’t execute anyone. Didn’t take his ‘career’ away.
      Just isn’t gonna help a jackass make money.

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    • James

      Texas should become it’s own country. Then all you hillbillies can shoot at each other, & have Kid Rock & The Nuge play while you all worship this bloviating windbag that’s pretending to be POTUS, & let the rest of us get on with reality.

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      • Kathy

        Sounds good to me but I don’t guess the fine folks of Austin would be too pleased with that. They aren’t all biggots and cruz didn’t beat Beto by much. I lived there for a few years. The music was good and the weather temperate, but the mold and pollen the worst I’ve ever inhaled and it may be the liberal Oasis of Texas but it is still very much in Texas and I had a problem with my Taxes supporting guys like Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Kinky Freeman. I headed to a liberal town in a liberal state with dry air and if liberal Austin and any outlying liberal wants to move out of state we’d be glad to welcome them, especially the musicians like Billy Gibbons and Willie Nelson. He can smoke one on our (state) white house roof anytime. You guys can have the springs And the gun toting republican minority in our State can go to Texas problem solved and everyone is happy. And if the springs is too chilly the southern region of the state where I reside is nearly as warm as Texas, come on down there’s still room for you. Billy has come here just a year ago and he’s welcome back anytime.

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      • Ange

        As a born and bred Texan and lifelong democrat I really resent being lumped together with the braindead dumasses who support trump.. believe it or not there are a lot of us totally revolted by the lying dips hit living in Texas.

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      • Isaac

        Kid Rock and Ted Nugent are from Detroit. And despite your leftist bigotry, they are not bigots.

        I hate Trump, but screw you. Stop attacking people who don’t agree with you.

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    • Dave

      Easy, Shain. Billy was not willing to perform after a Trumpian mouthpiece and that was his right . I’m sure the MAGA puppet and his entourage were paid in $100 bills. Liberals are good, thoughtful, decent people, unlike the mean-spirited Liar in Chief that you support.

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    • Cassady

      I’m assuming since he stated in 2016 that he’s not political one way or the other and then this dude comes on BILLYS tour supporting one side, he didn’t want to get wrapped up in it. If it was Blounts tour then he has all the right to preach politics but it was Gibbons tour and he could obviously give a shit to turn it into a political soap box for Blount. I support Gibboms right to not wanna be in the middle if this countries melt down.

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    • Samuel De Mazarin

      Idiot. It’s not about liberal or conservative, It’s about Billy Gibbons not wanting overt political garbage on his set or presented to his fans. Liking the music should be uninterrupted by politics. That’s why the idiot was fired. It’s because he was f——g unprofessional.

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      • Mary

        Samuel, you hit the nail on the head! I saw Don Henley (Eagles) in concert and after every song he wanted to school the audience on his political beliefs. We paid for a concert.

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    • km

      You do realize that you just contradicted the rest of your post with your first sentence, yes?

      Gibbons has a differing view. Period.

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    • SonnieZisko

      Willie can do whatever the fuck you want to do. Factor the matter is if you took all of the politics out of music, music would actually be worthwhile without all of those faggot ass Maga hats

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    • Daronda Toole

      Billy is the boss. Billy makes the hiring and firing decisions. Apparently Billy has made a practice of not being political. The young man failed to grasp that and he crossed Billy’s line. Out of there! Over and out.

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    • Andrea

      That’s the problem Shane! You said it in your first two statements. “Differing views…deserves an ass whoopin!” was simply said no thank you and you went to name calling and violence. I say no thank you to you too, Thank you to Billy Gibbons for caring to make America proud again! Bye ??

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    • Erin

      Who said he can’t have the view. He can have that view all he wants. Like the article states, everyone has the right to associate or not associate with whomever they want. Would you want to FORCE Kid Rock to tour with Dixie Chicks? Is that more democratic? Get over it. When you adopt unpopular views that put Mir than half the country at risk, you’re going to become unpopular. Welcome to a world without your privilege!

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    • Yeah ok buddy

      I find it amusing that you think violence is the answer to your butthurt that a musician doesn’t want to be associated with trump, but even more amusing that you think in these imaginary fights that a rightwing conservative would automatically whoop on a person with differing political views.
      For example, Van Jones would put Tucker Carlson in the hospital with his left pinky finger.
      Erase this imaginary physical dominance based off of political affiliation. It’s stupid. ???

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    • Jimmy Mac

      you can have your own view. indeed the man was not arrested. but you also have to accept the consequences of your actions and views.thats the adult world . maybe when you grow up a little youll understand that you can have any opinion you want but if you make it public,not everyone is going to agree with you. everyone isn’t going to support your opinion merely because you made your opinion public. everyone isn’t your mom .you apparently do not like liberals.that is your right. but,as a consequence you arent going to get invited to a lot of openly liberal gatherings . and , as many asshats have said,they refuse to support billy.now we come to a word hypocrite. that’s when you blame someone for doing the exact thing you are doing . you say junior from star search that no one has ever heard of can have his own opinion but rock legend billy cant. and that billy has to tolerate and finance and support someone who has a different opinion than he does.im gonna make a wild guess and say you never finished school,you are poor and bitter and if you watch news at all its fox because fox justifies and supports your backass uneducated understanding of the world.

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    • Nicolas Ruesch

      You CAN have different views. And Gibbons (as the article rightly states) “had all the rights in the world to not associate himself with someone he didn’t like.”

      What you can’t do is give someone a Texas ass whoopin for thinking different (see the hypocrisy in what you wrote?)

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    • Sonic

      You can have differing views, no ones holding a gun to your head. But just because you believe shit dont stink doesnt mean the rest of us have tk sit around and smell it.

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    • Barry

      Billy did have a opinion and he didn’t want this guy open the shows for him Ain’t America great

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    • Alex

      Oh the irony. Complaining about not being able to have differing views while threatening people who have differing views than you with a “good ole Texas ass whoopin.” Do you not realize what a hypocrite you are?

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    • George A

      “Soyboy”?? Your Russian translation needs work, no one’s ever used that term here.

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    • Ned Tugent

      But you think Ted Nugent can spew the most vile stuff about Obama and liberals. Move along, snapperhead.

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    • Beer drinker, hell raiser

      People *can* have differing views.
      Benton can think whatever he wants. Billy can think whatever he wants – and hire whoever he wants.
      Your mistake is thinking that people can believe whatever they want *without consequences*.

      Unfortunately for you and Benton, turns out there’s blowback for being an asshole.

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    • Tio Monte

      RICHARD – I never met a tolerant MAGA TRUMP supporter, Is not your whole agenda about intolerance? Immigrants, Minorities, Hispanics, Blacks, LGBT, Muslims?

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    • Jack Schitt

      No one said you cant have differing views. Billy seems to not want to associate with someone, and thats his choice. Also 2016 called and wants its old ass stupid “soyboy” insults back.

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    • Ed Fields

      The guy was hired to play music when he was working for Billy. He should have been smart enough to push his politics on his own time. He also should have been smart enough to not mess with Uncle Willie.

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    • Richard Jeffery

      Regarding that Texas ass -whooping you mention, I’d like to come down to Texas, and you can try, but if you do, I’ll rip your fucking arms off, you redneck, Republican fag.

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    • Chris

      Funny how all the conservative douchebags are boycotting Willie and Jimmy Buffet because of their liberal positions but when the shoe`s on the other foot they melt like the snowflakes they are

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    • Jim

      It has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives. It has everything to do with morals, lying, racism, sexual predators, Nazis, nepotism, corruption, hypocracy and treason.

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    • Chuck U Farley

      You say “it’s disgusting that people can’t have differing views” then turn around and start calling names? Why would anyone with an opposing view want to engage in a conversation with you with your childish name calling? Maybe Billy had just had enough of the hateful bullshit that comes with this man. Just look what it’s done to you.

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    • My Name is Mud

      I wonder if you finished high school, or if you think you got a full education from your computer in your parents’ basement.

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    • Christy

      You CAN have differing views and you CAN play your music somewhere else. Easy peasey.
      When you have a multi-million dollar tour going on, you can hire him or, even better, someone who represents everything you don’t to open your show. SHUDDUP!!!

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    • Kerry

      Freedom of speech has nothing at all to do with this. No one is stopping this individual from saying anything they wish about any subject at all, and even if they were, as long as they are not the government it’s not a First Amendment violation. By the same token, another Constitutional right is freedom of association. You can’t be prevented from choosing who you do or don’t want to be around.

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    • pamelaq

      People don’t have to tolerate the views of people who simply don’t care about or like other people. Get it through your thick head. If you want to be an A-hole, you will be rejected. End of story.

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    • nobody

      its cool how you go right for the insults in a post ostensibly calling for tolerance and cooperation, very classy

      shortly after the election i was actually hopeful Trump would do some good but if you still support him after everything he’s done so far, well, good luck in the rest of your biased, hate-filled life.

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    • Glen Gottilla

      So just we are clean. Will you be kicking ours asses before or after you state asks for relief money for you floods? I want to make sure to remind the blue state representatives to make the check out for about Zero Dollars.

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    • Thomas

      This isn’t about tolerating different views … This is about kicking the fascist shit off your shoes … It’s unAmerican …

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    • A

      Go ahead and kick some ass, try to do your ole’ boy lynching, White supremest slave owning sympathizing (you know your kind lost those wars) moshers, and your pussy grabbing molest your daughter and beat your wife with your bible into submission Daddy-role . Go ahead and continue to be a sleaze supporting the biggest disgrace the free world has ever seen and made a mockery of democracy. Let see what your Texas court will allow you to do now, big boy. Whoever termed liberals Snowflakes really has a funny sense of irony. So good on Gibbons to stand up for America and and American values and distancing himself and his music from Trump and his party’s agendas. ZZ remains on Top!!

      (Also, please do us all a favor and read the definition of liberal and liberalism)

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    • Richard

      What behavior you condone, you also approve of. Anyone who condones the behavior of Trump therefore approves of it. If you don’t see his behavior as atrocious, then you wouldn’t be allowed on my stage either.

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    • Sascha

      Seems to me ZZ TOP expressed thier differing view.
      But you have a problem With that and seem to think somebody deserves an ass whoopin because of it?
      Typical intolerant trumpster
      Ick.

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    • Valerie Voshell

      I’m happy he doesn’t want a racist, womanizing Russia loving, keeping kids in cages,American rober to represent his rocking tour.

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    • Don

      Billy is the Boss. He can fire some TV singer for making his tour look like a Jerk-Off Convention by dressing up in Chinese Trump hats.

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    • Buck

      Yeah, you can get Ted Cruz to take care of him. He is the toughest guy in Texas and you better not say nothing about his family or he will hug you on stage.

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    • Singrsling

      How about the fact that you Repulsives that follow the nazi presidency stealer have the brains of a gnat? He is entitled to do what he did! Free country!

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    • Centrist Cuck

      Lord knows, I definitely don’t want to be associated with a fragile little right wing radical like you losers. Have your differing view, I don’t give a crap. But when they view dehumanizes others and threatens the safety and security of the populace, the left aren’t required to tolerate it, and neither am I.

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    • Nino

      Dumbass he can have whatever views he wants to have and so can his Boss. Like POTUS likes to say with people who don’t agree with him, “your’e fired” !!

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    • Snowflake

      Oh Please. Could you be any more of a lame stereotype? Texan ass whooping??? Ha seriously??? How ignorant you are and to make other real Texans be put into your small minded box. Do yourself a favor and read. An education is a valuable thing. Greed is your demise.

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    • Waveman

      So it’s a shame that people can’t have differing views, but folks who have differing views from you deserve an ass whooping? Talk about hypocrisy!

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    • Joe Eckert

      And you call us snowflakes. You whine every time someone looks at you or your orange cult leader funny.

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  2. Lary

    Billy put Benton Blount back on tour with you! Removing him is unacceptable! I have been a supporter of you since I was 12 years old and I am 53 today!

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    • Kente

      go cry about it snowflake, ZZ top is his business, If a business can deny a gay couple a wedding cake then he also has the right to decide who represents the band on the tour. He knows what he’s doing, He knows how many GOP listen to him, He’s been in the band for 40 years!! He knows you idiot will get your panties in a twist…he just doesnt give a shit. Stop listening to them if it means that much to you.

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  3. Phoebe

    What happened to Freedom of Speech, I have found Liberals scream for this right only when it applies to them, otherwise it doesn’t exist! I grew up on their music now I see that they’re just a bunch of Liberal hypocrites like most of all Hollywood! It’s a shame everyone has to put Politics into everything!!

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    • kevin spelman

      Opinion has nothing to do with facts!
      Facts are indisputable. Trump and the republican party have dismantled civil discourse in America. They have twisted the truth so much, it is becoming difficult for simple minded people (trump supporters) to tell the difference.
      You clearly do not understand the concept of “Freedom of speech”.
      Freedom of speech is the “Legal right to voice your opinion”. It simply does not apply to this situation. But you know what? Most Liberals can tell the difference…..

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      • TaniRocker

        Thank you. I get tired of trying to explain what freedom of speech means to ignorant righties. They seem to think that free speech means speech without consequences, yet they support a man who thinks disagreeing with him is treason.

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    • Natasha

      What about Billy’s freedom of speech and freedom not to associate with people whose politics are not in sync with his own?

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    • Edward Doogan

      I wasn’t going to get involved with this conversation but you’re ignorant comment forced me to. This MAGA jackass getting fired has nothing to do with the 1st Amendment. The first amendment only applies to the government. The government isn’t allowed to throw your ass in jail for being a MAGA fool but your employer is free to fire your dumb ass if they believe that you are negatively representing the company that you work for.

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    • Blumoon

      Do you understand that ‘freedom of speech’, doesn’t apply here? You’re employer can tell you what to think if you’re thinking it on his time. Do they teach civics, anymore?

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    • Brigham

      The maga loser can still speak\sing all he wants. And if he want to do a maga racist tour he should call kid schlock and Ted buttnugget.

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    • T'Challa

      Maybe you should have grown up reading and actually understanding the constitution. Because you sure as hell do not know what “freedom of speech” is. All that means is that you cant be arrested by the govt for what you say. Not that you cant be kicked off a tour for expressing your views.

      Yall love this country so much but dont even know the basic rules or rights of it. And continue to spew nonsense. I guess that’s why yall continue to vote Republican and be poor.

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    • Its not ‘Me’. It’s you.

      Do it. They already have your money, Einstein. You can’t make sense out of nonsense. You tried tho ??

      PS. You probably shouldn’t make a frisbee. It already sounds like you couldn’t play catch even if you took one hand and put it in the other. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  4. Scott

    Why can’t we have differing opinions on things without losing your job. I used to like Gibbons and ZZ Top. If he fired Blount for this then I will never support anything he has anything to do with.

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    • Doug

      I will also say that I would have respected him if he had not booted this guy off his tour. So he probably wouldn’t want me as a member of his audience, either. Yeah, Billy, you probably just insulted more than half your fans. Really smart. But then again, not surprising coming from a leftist.

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      • Goonie

        You mad brah?

        Here’s the thing. Billy is still gonna wake up rich, talented and with the ability to crush tail and live his life after this.

        All you MAGA snowflakes will whine make post about it on the internet and talk your stuff.

        But in the end Billy is still gonna be where he is at. Doing what he is doing. And yall are just gonna be mad.

        How do you like them apples?

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  5. Chalres

    So let down was a big fan of Gibbons now i have lost the zest for zz friggin rich liberals. Grow up you bearded clam

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  6. EZ

    Woah! Gibbons kicking that goofball off the tour has got the MAGA Snowlakes all triggered. Don’t mind them Billy, their panties have been permanently twisted by the Russian Propoganda they’re getting spoon fed on Fox News. Rock On!

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  7. Raymond

    I use to love ZZ Top , but to find out they are liberal, I will never see them in concert again or buy there albums! Lost a fan!!

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  8. Noisejoke

    So many old snowflakes melting like Trumpy hair in French rain. I know y’all barely passed 5th grade, but yr gonna have to trust us on this one. It’s neither a free speech nor an equal opportunity employer issue. Maybe that blunted “country” artist shouldn’t be wearing a political hat on stage.

    And oh yeah… keep burning those records and CDs you already paid for. Might as well since Billy recognizing the damage Cadet Bonespurs has done to this country surely makes his guitar playing taste bad now. Enjoy how the rabid right rocks: Kid “Rock” (who doesn’t rock), Pedo Ted (the draft dodger), and Pat Boone!

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  9. Bob

    As usual the ignorant deplorables don’t understand the issue of Free speech…. go figure they are stupid enough to support a raving lunatic so not surprised they can’t wrap their small brains around freedom of speech…this douchebag is free to sing all he wants, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to let him sing on their tour….. ZZ top is free to pick who they want supporting them, and I am glad they choose to send this racist douchebag packing as is their AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO YOU BRAINDEAD TRUMP SUPPORTERS!

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  10. Nick from FL

    Reading the comments I’m almost ashamed to admit I’m a US citizen… this applies to the harsh comments from both the left and right viewpoints. Yes he has the right to work with/contract with anyone he chooses. However, I’m sure there will be contract issues over the reason he was dismissed. Not too long ago just pre Obama I would say the landscape in our country was very different. For the most part we respected each other’s opinions and didn’t condemn people for their beliefs or political leanings. I yearn for a return to sanity in this country that will only come with the extremist pricks on both sides taking a chill pill and get over this stupid my way or the highway attitude.

    10-12 years ago anyone could work without fear of being canned over political leanings. Unfortunately it seems that the far left is more prone to extreme actions than the far right (cancelling contracts, firing people etc) and ultimately it’s this extremist attitude that has put people like trump in office. I haven’t seen many occurrences of conservative leanings people doing the same to liberals. The silent majority (everyone caught in the middle between the extremist nuts on both sides) is getting fed up with the polarization.

    Just my 2 cents as a relative middle of the road politically speaking individual who sides blue on some issues and red on others.

    Fire the opener if you like but be prepared for consequences for taking what most reasonable middle of the road people consider to be an unreasonable response to someone’s political leanings… be prepared for potential breach of contract issues. But hey, you are free to do what you want and I could really care less one way or the other

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    • applebrownbetty

      “10-12 years ago anyone could work without fear of being canned over political leanings.“

      March 2003 Dixie Chicks?

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    • Liberal SJW

      “10-12 years ago anyone could work without fear of being canned over political leanings.”

      Too bad that even today you can still be fired from your job in over half the nation just for your employer finding out your are LGBT+.

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    • Beef

      Hold on, Nick… the far left go to further extremes than the right? You mean like an alt right idiot running over and killing a girl in Charlottesville, a Trumper nut bar sending pipebombs, or the Parkland shooter being a registered Republican? You might want to check which side is actually out killing people.

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  11. Ron

    Y’all *do* realize that this isn’t a ZZ Top tour, don’t you?

    IT’S A BILLY GIBBONS TOUR. which means that IT’S BILLY GIBBONS’ SHOW.

    I’d say that if it’s YOUR name on the marquee, you have the right to choose whomever you want to have as an opening act, up to and including canning them mid-tour when you discover that their political views are at odds with yours. Hell, you have the right – as headliner – to fire the opener even over something as trivial as them drinking Pepsi and you’re a Coca-Cola drinker.

    Contract disputes will doubtless ensue and the lawyers will get fat off of the lawsuits, but I’m pretty certain that in these litigious times, there are probably provisions already in place in the contracts for severing relations with the opener in case said opener abuses the headliners’ fans at shows, or even if the opener plays badly.
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    • Ben Richardson

      Ron you are the first comment I have seen that even knows that this is Billy Gibbons tour. All these conservatives are up in arms because now ZZ Top are a liberal band. If they were real fans, they would know that this is not a ZZ Top show, but a Billy Gibbons show. So obviously not real fans.
      I’m glad that Billy wants to take a stand. That means he feels some passion for it.

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    • Noisejoke

      Probably contractual prohibitions on branded apparel or objectionable imagery in general too.

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  12. Peter Blizst

    You are totally welcome to have a different opinion, but they are also welcome to not tolerate that opinion and fire your ass from their tour. If you want to support president cookoo bananas and his racist nationalist agenda have at it, however, your position could lose you some revenue. And sure you could throw out all of your ZZ top albums and merchandise, but then they already have your money so who cares.

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  13. Derf261

    B. Gibbons come out here to Chino CA. and I will buy tickets to your show! You hired these guys right? You are the employer you set the standards. Don’t let the little mags snowflakes get you down! You are the man!

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  14. Roy Schulman

    He was using Billy Gibbons good name to dirty his own name wearing that 21st Century fascist hat. That hat’s a dog whistle for hate.

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  15. Jamesjarriel

    I’ve been a ZZ Top fan for years, that wont change, Billy Gibson/ ZZ has fans of all walks of life all over the world, I just dont get it, do people not See what a awesome job president Trump is doing. Did they not see how screwed up things were with Democrats in office. I guess Rock stars aren’t know for being highly intelligent, Now we have even more proof.

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  16. Josh

    To be honest everyone for the most part on this thread is trying to sound like some sort of victim. Its pathetic. I’m very conservative leaning…. but I still watch movies with openly liberal actors. Life lesson….. tolerance opens the door to acceptance which allows people to learn. Humanity expands when we learn from each other….. and accept that we are all different. I find it way more disturbing that this guy was taken off Facebook. He isn’t a bad guy. Neither is the guy from ZZ top. They have different opinions which is ok. What’s upsetting is how many people… equally on both sides seem to gravitate towards a “picking sides” thing. No one is 100% conservative or liberal. We are all unique with the opportunity to express that uniqueness. Wouldn’t it be nice for an openly liberal and openly conservative to get together on tour and bring people closer. Both sides are very hypocritical because when you “choose a side” you give up your right to be unique. And just a side note….. every fascist country in history has been ruled by socialism… or communism.

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    • Rick

      So, tolerance is ok when it comes from the right, except when The Dixie Chicks express themselves, Obama was President, Kaepernick take a knee, Black Lives Matter, antifascist protest, and ZZTOP makes a discussion. Too funny!

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    • Kathy

      A vote for trump is a vote against the poor and disabled. It’s a vote against me. I see trump supporters to be trump enablers. He lies and cheats and molests women. What if it was your mom he molested or your sister etc.?

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  17. Rick De La Garza

    Freedom of speech, means just that. I can choose to like or dislike what you have to say. It goes both ways. If you want to put something out there, I can do the same, or do without yours from being without me. If you want to do without ZZTOP, the Dixie Chicks, or a football players taking a knee, then we can do without your b.s. too.

    To say liberals or anyone who disagrees with you and gives it back is a bunch of crying snowflakes, is funny coming from a bunch of crybabies who cannot handle it when the shoe is on the other foot. Thank you Billy Gibbons for putting your foot down.

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  18. Blake

    Fuck t-rump and anyone who supports him. Billy is well within his rights. What if Dumbass Nugent had fired an opening band for wearing “I’m with Her” t-shirts? Would all of you trumpette idiots be upset then? Go to hell trumpettes.

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  19. Tony Carnesi

    ALL AMERICANS should be concerned. Our President aspires to be the American version of Kim Jong-un or Vladimir Putin. What a dismal future for ALL of us if that happens! All leaders must me held accountable and in check. This is America! Whatever Billy’s motivation, it is his right as AN AMERICAN to run his business the way he wishes, as long as he is trustworthy, loyal and dutiful, you can run your business as you please – The same goes for OUR PRESIDENT. C’mon lets all work together to SAVE AMERICA.

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  20. MATTHEW JONES

    I am a Veteran, I served to give the right of all, to have freedoms. That said, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS ALWAYS GREAT! To make something great again, means it wasn’t.
    When, personally feelings speak, in the government/ press/ or social media, I say: ” LOOK AT YOUR SELF AND ASK, WHAT WOULD THE PEOPLE BEFORE AND AFTER SAY”
    We leave this world to the next generation!

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  21. Neil Smith

    I doubt Gibbons cares who’s conservative or liberal. He probably just doesn’t want a bunch of political drama following him around on his tour dividing the audience when he’s trying to perform for all the people. He should have vetted his openers better and his openers should be showing respect for their host by not intentionally instigating drama on SOMEONE ELSE’S TOUR. Save that stuff for when you’re doing your own tour.

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  22. Greg

    We are right in the middle of a situation where the President is being called out for who he hires/fires in his cabinet. The claim from the White House is that the President should be able to hire and fire whoever he wants and have broad power in this regard. Well, shouldn’t Billy Gibbons be afforded the same authority on his own tour? Let’s just have it one way.

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  23. ASA LEE

    GUESS WE FANS OF ZZ TOP WHO SUPPORT TRUMP ARE FIRED TOO. I SUPPORT AMERICA AND I PROUDLY SUPPORT PRESIDENT TRUMP. I DO NOT SUPPORT THOSE WHO TAKE ACTIONS AGAINST PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS COUNTRY. SO LONG ZZ TOP. LOVED YA FOR MANY YEARS.

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    • Kerry

      No, you don’t. If you support Trump, you don’t support America or American Constitutional values. Read a book.

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  24. Ed Fields

    Uncle Willie, besides being an American Cultural Icon and a National Treasure, is an astute businessman and the man in charge. He keeps his politics separate from his music. Some idiot tried to hijack his music for a political cause so he fired the guy. I suspect that he would have fired the guy if the fool had started pushing a liberal agenda. He was protecting his Brand, his art, and his bottom line and there’s nothing wrong with that. If some mouthbreathing tRump flunkie is going to boycott Billy Gibbons for not being stupid, I’ll do my part by picking up a couple more ZZ Top CDs and I promise to play them fucking loud. By the way, I had the honor and pleasure of shaking his hand. He’s a class act and a nice guy and anybody who doesn’t like him is no friend of mine.

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  25. Ed Fields

    Uncle Willie, besides being an American Cultural Icon and a National Treasure, is an astute businessman and the man in charge. He keeps his music separate from his politics and has every right to fire somebody for trying to coopt his Brand, his art, and his source of income for their political agenda. I suspect he would have fired a raving liberal who tried the same thing. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting him once and shaking his hand and anybody who doesn’t like him is no friend of mine.

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  26. Tony Robledo

    Good for The Righteous Reverend Billy G
    I’ve never seen (or heard) ZZ TOP talk politics one way or the other
    It’s Billy’s show
    He (or ZZ TOP) doesn’t cram his/their political opinion down your throat why should he let someone he’s graciously offered a covetous position many would stab their grandmother in the heart for come onto “BILLY G’S” stage and act like he’s running shit
    Billy showed him

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  27. nikto

    In Capitalism, the ownership of a business has control over personnel.

    You’d think by now that conservatives would get that.

    Why do conservatives HATE Capitalism?
    lol

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  28. Keep Left

    He can fire his openers for whatever the f**k reason he wants, and being a supporter of a KKK/Nazi sympathiser sounds like grounds for it to me.

    Mad respect!!!

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  29. Jawsh

    ZZ Top also fired the Black Crowes midtour 25 years ago for talking shit about it being a corporate sponsored tour from a beer company. Miller I think. It’s their tour. They can do whatever works for them. Who cares….

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  30. Scott Peoples

    This is not about a music legends political alliance. This is about a rookie, green earred punk making chump ass rookie mistakes while offered an opportunity by a music legend. We on the left love ZZ, and theres millions of us, so understand we will not sit through a fake, no name wanna be Billy Ray Cyrus but without the talent, jack ass turning Mr Gibbons’ stage into a cheap clown rally. Got it, Cletus?

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  31. Richard Wallsmith

    Its a shame that the POTUS is so politically polarizing as his inability to unite our great country due to his ego driven shenanigans! … Never anything but constant controversary in which fuels the flames of anarchy that the country hasn’t seen since the 1860’s … this divisiveness pits neighbor vs.neighbor & leads to nothing good! … with this in mind I will say that Billy Gibbons should of sorted any differences with the opening act through his management BEFORE the tour, as now All Publicity is negative whether its pro or con simply because of its timing! … Politics in Music is a dour undertaking, its better to let sleeping dogs lie, as the saying goes! … imo!

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  32. Habs-Eric Andersson

    Ahhh, I am not from US but have my point of view.

    I send Billy my best wishes for having the guts to stand up for what he think is right. I guess you could say ZZ-Top is a kind of a company name and as such it must be allowed to set up rules for what the company can and cannot support.

    If the company NOT support hate, discrimination or something else – then naturally that company should be able to fire anyone that is opposed to that and shows it.

    To support you, I promise to buy your next release.

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  33. Terry Ray Anderson

    The reason Billy G fired him was Billy realizes that Liberals buy merch, CDs, and especially concert tickets TOO, and this guys mission to piss off as many Liberals as possible was going to hurt Billy’s bottom line. Isn’t it funny how Far Right conservatives (I’m a Moderate who has voted for McCain and both Bushes) tout the “Free Market” forces that drive our country UNLESS it gets in the way of their political diatribes? I saw the Tweet that was the last straw and checked out his FB, and this Benton is typical of the “John Birch” lowbrow morons that F’d up the GOP this century; remember when Republicans were about facts and figures? Now they’re all about “feelings”, well “Feelings come and feelings go, but feelings are not facts.” Ben Stein.

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  34. Common Sense

    Maybe ZZ Top just doesn’t inject politics into their shows. If you do that you’re bound to alienate a large group. It’s smart of them, and no, it’s not an indicator they are not Trump supporters. If it’s their show, it’s fair for them to expect their opener to adhere to their philosophy of show-running.

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  35. T D King

    Billy has stated that actors and musicians should keep their political opinions and views to themselves and it is an abuse of power to tell or persuade your fans to vote a particular way instead of having free thought and opinions of their own. I agree with this and I am a conservative.

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  36. dennis gamrose

    i don’t think billy wanted politics on his tour. and what opener does reflects on the headliner. he can do as he wishes on his fb page, but bringing his beliefs to the tour was out of line. these conservative tampons need a good ass beating for imposing their politics on their job.

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  37. Bill

    I’ve been a ZZ Top fan since the early 70″s. This level of leftist BS really pisses me off. Billy is going to fire a dude for wearing a MAGA hat, really you F’ing hiprocrite. He says he is not political, then does just the opposite. I just removed the ZZ Top sticker from my truck because I will not support anyone or any orginazation who tries to stop free speech and free expression. There are a lot of things going on that I don’t agree with, but I wouldn’t fire someone for their opinion. I agree with a prvious post, maybe some of these hyprocrites need a good ole Texas ass woopin!

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  38. MARY JERKOVICH

    Anyone who supports this DICTATOR is as guilty as he is. Who these morally sick people are that support these values need to take back their own mind & morrals & say WTF trump. Quit drinking the Kool-aid people.

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  39. Isaac

    Kid Rock is a libertarian, not a conservative. If you actually listened to his political opinions, he’s not socially conservative at all. He supports legalizing all drugs. He defends the rights of people to do things he strongly disagrees with and defends people who hold political opinions that strongly differ from his own.

    This is clickbait. All we have is the no-name country singer’s word that he was fired for wearing a MAGA cap. He claims this is so. But maybe it was for all the politically divisive crap on his social media that has nothing to do with his hat? Maybe the firing had nothing to do with ZZ Top or Billy Gibbons?

    If you ask me, the country singer’s just trying to grab some headlines from the conservative sector of outrage culture. I don’t know who the MAGA hat guy is. I know who ZZ Top are. I know who Billy Gibbons is. MAGA hat guy is a nobody.

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