After the Las Vegas massacre last month, when a gunman shot and killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at a Jason Aldean concert, country musicganre became conected with the contentious issue of gun control.
So, on Thursday the Country Music Association asked the media to refrain from asking questions about guns and politics out of respect for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and the artists involved.
“In light of recent events, and out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved, please refrain from focusing your coverage of the CMA Awards Red Carpet and Backstage Media Center on the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like,” the media guidelines state.
“It’s vital, more so this year than in years past due to the sensitivities at hand, that the CMA Awards be a celebration of Country Music and the artists that make this genre so great. It’s an evening to honor the outstanding achievements in Country Music of the previous year and we want everyone to feel comfortable talking to press about this exciting time.”
A CMA spokesman added that “all outlets must agree for access” to the event, making it clear that they really aren’t messing around with these regulations.
— CMA Country Music (@CountryMusic) November 2, 2017
The CMA Awards will be taking place just over a month after the attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival where many of the biggest stars in country music performed. The original guidelines included a warning saying that media that did not follow the rules risked being excluded from covering the event.
I have never seen/heard the country artists bring politics into these shows and it’s one more reason why I love them and their music. It is a country music awards show… No politics needed. Entertainment should get away for politics! Nobody likes it!!! Same applies for the NFL!!! NO Politics!
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