And no, not for his music (at least not this time).
Luke was in Jacksonville, Florida this weekend, just weeks after he was forced to reschedule three Florida shows when the suffered massive damage from Hurricane Ian.
And before the show started, Luke took to the stage solo to address the crowd:
“We typically do not start a concert with me walking out here. We like to be a little more creative than that.
But as you guys know, a couple of weeks ago, the state of Florida was hit with a tragic hurricane event and we’ve been thinking about the state of Florida, and we’re going to have some fun and we’re going to raise some money tonight for the great state of Florida.”
Luke then surprised the crowd with a special guest: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The governor took the stage to thunderous applause, tossing out caps to the crowd and welcoming concertgoers to “the free state of Florida” before bantering with Luke and the crowd about the upcoming Florida-Georgia game (which Luke’s Georgia Bulldogs ultimately won 42-20).
Luke then went on tell the crowd that the proceeds from his upcoming show in Estero, Florida, which was rescheduled to November 2 after the town was hit hard by Hurricane Ian and the arena was turned into an emergency shelter, would be donated to the state’s hurricane relief fund.
Overall the crowd seemed fired up and appeared to enjoy the appearance from their governor.
But Twitter, on the other hand…
As video from the DeSantis appearance began to circulate, many on the left took to Twitter to “cancel” Luke Bryan for allowing DeSantis onstage – and some even trying to get him removed from his spot as a judge on American Idol and the host of the upcoming CMA Awards.
Damn, Luke Bryan 😔 I know I shouldn’t be shocked but as a lifelong fan I can’t help but be utterly disappointed. As a gay man, it truly hurts seeing him bring out – and effectively campaign for – the governor who introduced the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Heartbreaking 💔
Yo Luke Bryan, you can raise money for hurricane victims without bringing out a politician who trafficked humans as a publicity stunt and is writing laws sure to kill women in addition to jailing them for life for medical choices
So @lukebryan the host of the @CountryMusic awards supports the guy who passed a law that says we can’t say gay, regularly discriminates against the LGBTQ+ community, burns books, and forces children to give birth to their rapist’s baby. How does the CMA feel about this?
Hey @AmericanIdol did you know you had a singing judge, Luke Bryan, who supports a racist and homophobic on your show. If you continue to have him on the show you will lose my viewership. Disgusting! https://t.co/I1j4LsgO84
I mean this with as much disrespect as I can possibly muster, go fuck yourself Luke Bryan. You’re a sell out, a poser, and the antithesis of what country music was founded on. Johnny Cash would have despised you. https://t.co/ssMAhxCd4j
@AmericanIdol I won’t be watching American idol as long as you have Luke Bryan as a judge. Anyone who supports anti-lgbtq, anti-immigrant, human trafficking, nazi loving, fascists like Desantis doesn’t deserve our support.