SC mu­si­cian’s post gets him kicked off tour with rock leg­end

The State - - Stay Connected - BY NOAH FEIT nfeit@thes­tate.com

In his now con­tro­ver­sial Face­book post, South Carolina res­i­dent and “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent” alum Ben­ton Blount wrote “Some­one read­ing this just got of­fended mul­ti­ple times. My work here is done.”

The coun­try mu­sic singer from Greenville might not have re­al­ized how ac­cu­rate his post was.

The post of him wear­ing a “Make Amer­ica Great Again” hat, and an “I Voted” sticker, while hold­ing a meal from Chick­fil-A of­fended some enough that he was tem­po­rar­ily banned from Face­book. And in the fall­out, he was fired from his gig as an open­ing act on the tour of ZZ Top rock leg­end Billy Gib­bons, ac­cord­ing to a live video he posted on Face­book.

Blount said Gib­bons’ man­age­ment told him that he was re­moved from the tour — af­ter he ar­rived at a con­cert venue in At­lanta, the Greenville News re­ported.

“That was pulled down from Face­book for some rea­son be­cause it vi­o­lated their stan­dards. So I had to wait 24 hours, and I got back out of jail. I got back out of Face­book jail,” Ben­ton said in a Face­book Live video. “Drove down here (At­lanta) from Greenville, South Carolina, to the venue. I get a call from my friend from Cal­i­for­nia who in­forms me that not only have I been banned from Face­book, but as a re­sult from be­ing banned from Face­book, I was pulled off of the Billy Gib­bons tour, ef­fec­tively im­me­di­ately.”

Calls made to Gib­bons rep­re­sen­ta­tives were not re­turned, ac­cord­ing to fox­carolina.com and The Greenville News.

A look at re­cent posts on Blount’s Face­book page show a num­ber of po­lit­i­cally charged posts that are both sup­port­ive of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the Re­pub­li­cans, and sev­eral that are crit­i­cal of Democrats and Lib­er­als.

“I thought that it would be OK for me to post that I voted. I thought that it would be OK for me to say who I sup­ported,” Blount said. “I had a MAGA hat on. For that rea­son, and that rea­son alone ... my ca­reer is on hold for the week.”

Blount was sched­uled to per­form seven times on Gib­bons’ tour, and had al­ready com­pleted four con­certs be­fore learn­ing he was no longer a part of the show, per the Greenville News.

The Greenville singer was a con­tes­tant on “Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,” in 2015, which was even­tu­ally won by ven­tril­o­quist Paul Zerdin.

The show helped re­vive Blount’s coun­try mu­sic ca­reer, which had stalled af­ter his ini­tial la­bel, Golden Mu­sic Nash­ville, folded in 2010, ac­cord­ing to Bill­board.

Blount in­sists this in­ci­dent won’t de­ter him from speak­ing his mind.

“As cool as this tour is, I’m not go­ing to start not post­ing a pic­ture of me vot­ing be­cause some­body might re­al­ize I voted for some­body they don’t like,” Blount said on Face­book. “That’s not the way it’s sup­posed to work.”

Face­book

This screen­shot shows the post that got coun­try mu­si­cian Ben­ton Blount banned from Face­book for 24 hours.

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