Country Star Jason Aldean Says Conservatives in Music Industry Afraid to Speak Up Jason Aldean performs onstage during the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
By Solange Reyner | Thursday, 18 November 2021 05:03 PM
Country star Jason Aldean says conservatives in his industry have been shunned and are afraid to speak up because they don’t want to be canceled.
“There’s times where I feel like I don’t have a choice but to speak up or say something because I feel nobody else in the industry, or not a lot of people in our industry do that for fear,” Aldean said Thursday during an appearance on Audacy’s “Rob + Holly” show.
“I just feel like somebody’s got to be that guy and if it’s me, then it’s fine,” he added. “At some point, it’s gotten to where if you’re a conservative and you’re in this business you’re not allowed to speak.”
In October, Aldean’s wife, Brittany, came under fire for sharing photos of herself and their kids sporting anti-Biden shirts. She also caught backlash during the 2020 presidential election for sporting a sweatshirt that read, “STILL MY PRESIDENT” when former President Donald Trump was questioning the results of the race against President Joe Biden.
Aldean on Thursday said he has a “lot of friends in this business that think the way I think and a lot of them are really scared to stand up and say anything for fear of backlash or whatever the case may be.”
He also said he struggles to sleep if he personally feels a belief in something and doesn’t speak up.
"To me, it’s hard for [me] to go lay my head down at night with a clear conscience, feeling like I’m a coward for not saying the things that I want to say or I feel like need to be said."