But now fans are worried that it’s becoming a trend with Elle King, after she appeared on the Grand Ole Opry’s Opry Goes Dolly tribute to Dolly Parton at the Ryman Auditorium last night and once again appeared to be hammered.
And how did fans know she was hammered? Well, she told them.
Prior to her performance at the second show of the evening, King unleashed a profanity-laced rant while professing that she was “f*cking hammered.”
I would try to transcribe the rest of her speech, but honestly I can’t even understand what she was saying as she slurred onstage. And it didn’t get any better once she began her performance of “Marry Me” from Dolly’s 2001 album Little Sparrow, slurring her way through the song while screaming “I don’t give a sh*t!” in the middle of the performance.
#elleking drunked it up again. Tonight at the @opry. #opry celebrating #Dolly and listening to #Elle slur words and drop F bombs right on the stage of the mother #church of country music. #Ryman Aud crowd disgusted and speechless.
Elle King is just saying what we are all thinking…
If there is one thing Elle King will do, it’s be unapologetically herself, no matter the situation. And that is precisely what she did during a performance with Riley Green.
While the two were on stage for an acoustic, what appeared to be a songwriter-style round, Riley Green was accompanied on stage by Elle King playing mandolin. Of course, the heartthrob that Riley Green is will lead to hoops and hollers from the audience, or if the crowd is feeling ballsy, friends flashing the artist via FaceTime.
While the two artists were chatting about the songs they were singing or engaging with the fans, Elle King played the part of Riley Green fan girl so well that she deserved an Oscar.
While Green is introducing “I Wished Grandpas Never Died,” and as he is going through the list of all the things his Grandpa loved and how he inspired the song, Elle King is softly saying into the microphone:
“Take your shirt off… It’s okay, just take your shirt off.”
Green gives no attention to her persuasive words and keeps going through the song.
After performing that song and “There Was This Girl,” he thanks all of the fans in the audience for making that his first radio #1 single, and Elle King is right in there, ready to jump in with hilarious commentary.
“It’s okay if you were singing that song about me. I pretended that you were the whole time.”
She turns to the crowd and gives them a devilish look.
“There’s some nice looking men, up here. I’m just like this…well, dang.”
She pulls her glasses down and pans across the stage. To the only other man that appears to be on stage… Riley Green.
In all fairness, I don’t blame Elle King one bit for trying to get Green to show some skin after his Gildan underwear campaign took his already handsome looks that fans love and elevated him to another level.
You have to love how direct Elle King is here. She is one of “America’s Sweethearts (s)” for this.
Rob Schneider, Father Of Country Singer Elle King, Weighs In On Garth Brooks’ Bud Light Controversy
It all started with comments from Garth during a Q&A as part of Billboard’s Country Music Live in Conversation…
Garth discussed his Nashville bar, and wanting to make Friends in Low Places (yes, that’s really the name of it) a “safe space” for everyone – and that includes selling Bud Light, which has been facing significant backlash since partnering with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney a few months ago.
“I want it to be a place you feel safe in, I want it to be a place where you feel like there are manners and people like one another.
Yes, we’re going to serve every brand of beer. We just are. It’s not our decision to make.
If you come into this house, love one another. If you’re an a**hole, there are plenty of other places on lower Broadway…
In my existence, one a**hole can turn the whole tide down there. My thing is, let’s create a place that you feel safe in.”
After the comments (which were first reported here on Whiskey Riff) started making their rounds, many took to social media to express their displeasure at Garth calling those who don’t support Bud Light “a**holes,” with many saying Garth’s bar was now on the list of places not to visit.
Many in the country music community have chimed in on Garth’s comments, including his fellow country star and Nashville bar owner John Rich:
“If Garth is serving Bud Light in his bar, that’s fine. Garth can do that.
Garth might find out not many people are going to order it.
And at the end of the day, you have to put things in your establishment that people are going to purchase if you’re going to run a successful business. So, he might find that out.”
And now even the father of one country singer has given his thoughts on the controversy.
Rob Schneider, the actor best known for movies like The Hot Chick, Grown Ups, and pretty much every movie Adam Sandler’s made, also happens to be the father of Elle King.
And during an appearance on Fox News, Schneider was asked his opinion on the Garth Brooks controversy – and why he thinks the backlash will make Garth think twice before speaking out next time:
“I think next time, he’s going to stay out of it. Isn’t he?
I think Garth Brooks, next time, is going to shut his mouth, and he’s going to pretend like ‘I don’t have anything to do with what beer is chosen in my restaurant.'”
Schneider also says that the current political climate has created a culture where people don’t want to speak out:
“I think the culture is in a very weird little place of hypersensitivity one way or the other. And I think that’s why most people shut their mouths. I mean, just from a business standpoint, just shut up, say, ‘I have nothing to do with it.'”
Hard to argue with that.
But now let’s get to the real reason I’m bringing up Schneider’s comments: I was really just looking for an excuse to post this iconic clip from South Park.