On Monday evening, after a three-year battle with cancer during which he demonstrated to his admirers and others what courage, integrity, and perseverance looked like, country music icon Toby Keith passed away.
Predictably, hordes of liberals hailed his demise online on Tuesday and brought up a 21-year feud he once had with the enlightened singing group formerly known as the Dixie Chicks.
In 2020, during the George Floyd riots, the group, which had performed under the moniker “Dixie” for over three decades, decided the term was abruptly discriminatory and announced they would record and tour under the name The Chicks.
But prior to the name change, the most prominent member of the group assaulted Keith, who composed a hit song while Americans were still in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The 2002 patriotic anthem “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” was a hit with fans — but not with Chicks singer Natalie Maines.
In August of that year, Maines said she hated the “ignorant” single.
“I hate it. It’s ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant,” she told the Los Angeles Daily News. “It targets an entire culture – and not just the bad people who did bad things. You’ve got to have some tact.”
Maines concluded, “Anybody can write, ‘We’ll put a boot in your a**.’ But a lot of people agree with it. The kinds of songs I prefer on the subject are like Bruce Springsteen’s new songs.”
Keith initially disregarded the critique of the single, a portion of which was influenced by the Korean War service of his late father.
However, he ultimately retaliated against the liberal vocalist at his concerts by displaying a photo that had been altered to appear Maines alongside the defunct Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
In response, she attended the Academy of Country Music Awards donning a blouse bearing the inscription “FUTK.”
While the band initially stated that the letters represented “Friends United in Truth and Kindness,” Maines subsequently acknowledged to Taste of Country that this was not the intended meaning.
The acronym, as many believed, stood for “F*** You Toby Keith.”
But by the end of 2003, Keith ended the feud when he said he saw that there were more important things for people to worry about than battling with fellow singers.
“You know, a best friend of mine, the guy that started the first band I was ever in, he lost a two-year-old daughter to cancer — this was just a couple of weeks ago,” he said, according to Contact Music.
“A few days after I found she didn’t have long to live, I saw a picture on the cover of COUNTRY WEEKLY with a picture of me and Natalie and it said, ‘Fight to the Death’ or something. It seemed so insignificant. I said, ‘Enough is enough.’”
Keith gracefully explained he never asked for a fight with Maines and concluded, “One thing I’ve never, ever done, out of jealousy or anything else, is to bash another artist and their artistic license.”
While the country music industry mourns the tragic loss of an icon after more than two decades have passed, liberals on the social media platform X have decided to reignite the dispute that was previously resolved between Keith and The Chicks.
As they gathered Tuesday morning to lament Keith’s untimely demise, their dehumanization was manifest throughout the platform:
— Sarah Quiara (@SarahQ) February 6, 2024
So Toby Keith passed away? Yeah imma be quiet. I hope The Dixie Chicks on the other hand have a lovely day. Those that know, know.
— Sons of Killmonger & Disciple of Dark Brandon (@2Strong2Silence) February 6, 2024
— 🍉 Laura 🍉 (@minorlydiddled) February 6, 2024
Hello Dixie Chicks @thechicks
— MrTalman (@mr_talman) February 6, 2024
— I Shat the News (@IShattheNews) February 6, 2024
— Jerk Willis (@JerkWillis) February 6, 2024
Contemporary American leftists perceive no bottom.
After about a year, Keith abandoned the dispute with Maines when he realized he had more pressing matters to attend to, such as pediatric cancer.
Long before he was diagnosed with cancer himself, Keith established a foundation in 2006 that provided free lodging for afflicted children and their families. This alleviated the financial burden on these individuals as they battled for survival.
“There is no greater gift than keeping families strong and together during a difficult time,” the Toby Keith Foundation says on its website. “If we can alleviate stress on a family, encourage a brother or sister and comfort a sick child, then we will make a difference in the fight against cancer.”
Americans lost an icon and a man of virtue and character on Monday night — and a morally bankrupt segment of the population that routinely engages in virtue signaling could not be happier about it.