Jake Owen is coming in defense of Chase Rice.
Over the weekend, Rice, 34, was criticized for hosting a show packed with fans as the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, with several states even reporting an increase in cases.
After facing accusations of selfishness and disrespect for public health, the “Lonely If You Are” singer took to Instagram to announce that his next performance would be held in a drive-in style, as well as encouraging fans to “be with people who you came with. “
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Now, Owen, a country musician, spoke up, apparently dealing with the controversy.
“In a world full of hate, be a light. I swear I heard it on the country’s radio stations,” said the 38-year-old musician on Twitter on Monday. “It is amazing how many country artists, composers and media are quick to cast a shadow over our own people. Really sad.”
According to E! News, Maren Morris left an answer that has already been deleted.
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“@jakeowen, I love you, but it is perfectly acceptable to blame ‘our own’ people for a bad decision that will keep all of us out of work any longer,” wrote Morris, 30. “I know you care about your band, team and fans. I’m not canceling anyone, I’m respectfully wondering why they would screw with us.”
Morris apparently made another reference to the situation when a fan tweeted: “I think it is quite revealing that a handful of male artists from the country come to defend their actions in an instant, but remain silent when women express their views on racism, sexism etc. in country music (and society in general) “, and she replied simply with” I agree “.
Owen’s comments came after Kelsea Ballerini joined the chorus of critics against Rice, calling him “selfish” on Twitter.
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“Imagine being selfish enough to jeopardize the health of thousands of people, not to mention the potential ripple effect and to do a NORMAL concert in the country right now. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care with our fans. and their families enough to wait, “she wrote on Sunday.