Toby Keith is scheduled to take the main stage at Naperville, Illinois’ Ribfest this June. The country music and food festival is facing pressure from the residents of Naperville to remove Keith from the lineup because he is “too political.”
Keith performed at a Trump Inauguration event this past January. When he received backlash for his choice to perform he said he wouldn’t “apologize for performing for our country or military.”
That reasoning didn’t cut it for Naperville locals. “In the current political climate, it seemed overtly polarizing and political,” Naperville resident Amy Kakkuri told the Chicago Tribune.
Even though Ribfest is receiving lots of opposition, they say they stand by their decision and will not be kicking Keith off of the lineup.