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Florida Georgia Line‘s social media pages were flooded with comments following their performance at Country Thunder festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but they weren’t of the positive variety.
They were accused of being “anti-police” and that they refused to let police backstage during their set.
A post from someone claiming to work at the festival took social media by storm.
“Feeling very disappointed. I’m working at country thunder and one of the bands I enjoy listening to, Florida Georgia Line, has requested zero police presence during their concert tonight,” Kenneth Lee wrote on Facebook. “Apparently they don’t trust the police and have taken the anti-police stance in line with the scum that has been killing police officers all over the country,” he continued stating adding in some insults to further drive his point home.”
According to Fox News, Kenosha Country Sheriff David Beth was on-site and said he “was informed the [Florida Georgia Line] spokesperson had made the request prior to the concert that no law enforcement be backstage while they were on the grounds.“
Another local Sheriff told Fox 411 Country that the band “didn’t want any law enforcement [backstage] before, during or after the show”.
Florida Georgia Line quickly responded on social media and expressed their support of law enforcement.
Even after their Facebook post on Sunday (July 24), they have still been hounded by comments, and decided to clear the air.
They released a statement on Twitter.
“There is nothing more to this story beyond our team feeling that it would be redundant for us to use local authorities when we are already covered,” they wrote. “Our management is routinely asked if they need help from local law enforcement for additional security backstage at concerts, which is common among touring acts. Some acts accept the offer, but most don’t because they have their own security, or the promoters provide it.”
One fan, who admitted to writing negative comments about the incident, took to Twitter to support FGL’s statement. “Should have known better than to trust the media,” he wrote.
Their Facebook and Twitter feeds are now full of support from fans, some who doubted them, some who didn’t.
Many are asking how this country duo could possibly be “anti-police” if they clearly expressed their support for the police following the Dallas shootings with the following Instagram video with their song titled “Music is Healing”.
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