Toby Keith was among the talented performers who helped reign in the inauguration of President Donald Trump at the Make American Great Again! Welcome Celebration Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The country singer suffered harsh backlash following the announcement that he would be performing his patriotic anthem "Made in America," but he stood his ground, stating according to Taste of Country, “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military...I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”
However, whether warranted or not, the backlash perseveres. It was recently announced Keith is set to perform at an Illinois-based country festival, Naperville Ribfest, inciting an uproar from Illinois locals claiming they will be boycotting the event should the country singer remain on the lineup. Those infuriated by the performance took to social media to give the festival a piece of their mind.
Naperville Ribfest is set to run June 30 through July 3, with Keith slated as the opening night's headliner. Representatives of the event have not made an official statement regarding the backlash of Keith's impending performance.
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