It seems as if the geniuses over at cable network Country Music Television (CMT) don’t know their audience very well after millions erupt in anger at the network’s new anti-gun “wear orange” campaign. But the division of MTV Networks may not have had a choice. CMT anti-gun effort
Country music is usually thought of as the all-American music genera, apple pie, the Red, White, and Blue, truck, beer, and a love for the Constitution and the Second Amendment. (actually, that’s the country music attitude. For the best description of what’s included in the perfect country music song, watch the video of David Allen Coe’s song at the bottom of this post). The execs at CMT in Nashville, Tenn., may have missed the memo about their audience. But that is unlikely. Perhaps they got a memo from senior management. Having worked for a sister network to CMT (Nickelodeon), the campaign may have come from the liberal MTV Networks’ executives in NYC.
Last week, the wayward country music cable network urged its viewers to “wear orange” to protest the Second Amendment and show support for wide-ranging gun bans.
We're (virtually) wearing orange today in support National Gun Violence Awareness Day and to call attention to the more than 100 lives that are lost every day to gun violence. #WearOrange and visit https://t.co/yCVs91toXw for more. pic.twitter.com/Ir1tsENn1W
— CMT (@CMT) June 4, 2021
Per Fox News:
“We’re (virtually) wearing orange today in support National Gun Violence Awareness Day and to call attention to the more than 100 lives that are lost every day to gun violence,” the ViacomCBS-owned entity tweeted Friday ahead of the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday.
The campaign, citing fatal injury reports data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the years 2015 through 2019, claimed that “Every day more than 100 Americans are killed with guns.” “Wear Orange” is part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s gun control campaign, which is backed by Michael Bloomberg.
Fox drily added: “The effort was met with intense criticism from many on social media.”
That is putting it mildly.
Many social media users thought that CMT was making an imbecilic move:
This is @CMT trying to attract listeners they don’t have at risk of alienating the listeners they do have.
How’d that work out for the Dixie Chicks?
— S. Theory (@SiegeTheory) June 8, 2021
First off 100 lives per day is a LIE, the actual number is closer to 35 and 90% of those are gang related.
I prefer to support the 2nd Amendment and the 2 million+ lives SAVED each year with self defense firearms.
— Chuck (@chucknorris1701) June 8, 2021
— big daddy (@BigDaddy_Racing) June 7, 2021
Well, looks like CMT is off the channel selection for my TVs. Good luck catering country songs to the woke, and may your profits be null!
— Grrrrrr… (@HillbillyBeast) June 8, 2021
We should ban cars too, they run over so many people a year. While we’re at it, Base ball bats, hammers, rocks, ice picks… screw it everything… let’s ban everything, it all kills.
People kill people, not tools. People are the problem.
— Sunny Side Up (@SunnySideUpYT) June 8, 2021
That stat includes suicides, which comprise well over half of the total. It’s disingenuous to omit that fact.
— Mark (@marklivesthings) June 8, 2021
It’s time for the NY MTV networks executives and marketing teams to go down to Nashville and learn a bit more about country music fans.
But first, they should learn what’s in the perfect country music song:
Much of this post was first seen at Flag And Cross
CMT anti-gun effort