Trace Adkins: I Did Not Intend Offense With My Confederate Flag Earpiece

Trace Adkins: I Did Not Intend Offense With My Confederate Flag Earpiece

Taking to his official site, the 'Tough People Do' singer clears off the controversy following his performance at Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lightning event.

On Wednesday night, November 28, Trace Adkins sparked controversy as he's seen rocking a Confederate flag earpiece when performing at the live-televised Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lightning event. Quickly pouring cold water on the frenzy, the country singer took to his personal site to explain his decision in wearing the much-talked-about earpiece.

Claiming that he didn't mean to offend anyone, the 50-year-old artist stated, "As a proud American I object to oppression of any kind." He continued writing from Japan, "To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage - I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle."

"I advocate for the preservation of America's battlefields and honest conversation about our Country's history," so the Louisiana-born singer explained. "To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message and I did not intend offense."

Adkins stirred the controversy during his performance of "The Christmas Song" at the nationally-televised event. Some people saw the flag as a symbol of racism and quickly blasted the conservative singer on Twitter.

Apart from the event, Adkins once sparked controversy when he delivered his song "Tough People Do" during the Republican National Convention. Adkins also made a political statement by being a member of The Sons of Confederate Veterans, which he explains in his autobiography, "A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions From a Freethinking Roughneck".




    Ol\' Reb
    Sep 30, 2013

    Yes, let us all apologize to the historically ignorant who prefer subjectivity to objectivity, "political correctness" to free speech, and lowered-bar education to raised-bar thought. It is not surprising that those who embrace the mythology and prejudice in calling the flags of the Confederacy "racist" now view Old Glory with the same limited mentality. It was Karl Marx who said, "A people separated from their history are easily persuaded." We should never allow ourselves to be separated from our admiration of our ancestors' valor and sacrifice by those so pathetically unaware of the truth. Deo Vindice.

    deborah hopkins18
    Dec 01, 2012

    I think that the earpiece is people just wanting ing to bitch about. It is a free country, and there are thousands of town flying this flag. It is history and I think people are ignorant that thinks this is racist. Get a life and worry bout something like people starving and loodsing their homes. How silly.You go Trace and stand up for your beliefs.

    Nov 30, 2012

    Wow, I didn't realize that by being a member of the Sons of Conefederate Veterans, one was making a political statement. So, as a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, am I also doing the same??

    Nov 30, 2012

    I think they should leave Trace alone if this offends anyone you need a history lesson...

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