Oliver Anthony, the Farmville, Virginia based singer-songwriter, is officially having a moment.
The country music sensation burst onto the scene when a performance of his song “Rich Men North of Richmond” went viral. The song debuted at the number one on the Billboard Hot 100, which made him the very first artist to ever sit atop the chart without having prior charting history.
Anthony released another song titled “I Want To Go Home,” which shares many of the small town, anti-government themes that the viral hit had. Many fans have clung to his “stick it to the man” mentality with his music, but a recent interview with Fox News that Oliver gave have some of his conservative fanbase worried.
To be honest, I don’t think anything he said here is controversial. Anthony’s music has done its best to bring people together, and this statement that he gave definitely aligns with that idea.
However, some people are calling him a “sell out” and “woke,” simply because he utilized the word “diversity” in his answer.
This is what he said:
“I just want people to start appreciating each other as human beings and look beyond political differences and ideologies, and a lot of the things I see corporate media and education doing, which is making everyone identify each other’s differences and not their similarities… I want people to appreciate each other and each other’s struggles.
I don’t see our country lasting more than another generation the way we’re headed. We’ve got to go back to the roots of what made this country great in the first place, which was our sense of community… we are the melting pot of the world.
And that’s what makes us strong, our diversity. We need to learn to harness that and appreciate it and not use it as a political tool to keep everyone separate from each other, you know?”
The above quote takes place around the four minute mark of the video below:
Viral musician Oliver Anthony hosts free concert, explains the meaning behind new hit song: "We've got to go back to the roots of what made this country great in the first place." pic.twitter.com/ShkOeyeWt1
Personally, there doesn’t seem to be anything too flashy or controversial with that statement.
He’s mostly been pro-America with his songs, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he would be proud to talk about the “melting pot” that is our country. He’s basically saying that diversity is a strength, not a weakness, and that’s about all.
Clearly Oliver Anthony was just trying to bring people together with the statement, but leave it to X (formally called Twitter) to cut the clip out of context and serve it up as “such a let down” from a “sellout” artist:
The more you look into him and his manager, the more of a democrat he reveals himself to be.
it's so funny that this dude has basically what would be considered extremely normal, mainstream conservative opinions pre-2016 and the political climate has gotten so twisted they treat him like an Agent of Wokeness now https://t.co/tDhBXFg8xP
How is this a let down? He’s merely saying that many different types of people come together to make a great country and we should focus on that rather than dividing people up. Just because you hear the word “diversity” doesn’t mean the message is wrong. https://t.co/zT4HZXlhMs
😂😂😂 this man made the most annoying people on the left go apoplectic and yell about right wing propaganda and now he’s getting canceled by the right for not being racist. Put him in the hall of fame for posts. https://t.co/RHukh4hjai