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Posted: August 15, 2017

Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

99.5 WYCD welcomed Lee Brice to The Fillmore in Detroit on November 1st, 2013. (Photo by Steve Wiseman / 99.5 WYCD)
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99.5 WYCD welcomed Lee Brice to The Fillmore in Detroit on November 1st, 2013. (Photo by Steve Wiseman / 99.5 WYCD)

By B.J. Bethel

Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach, a country band from Sylvania, was booted from Northwest Ohio Rib Off and an opening slot for Nashville star Lee Brice after complaints over a Facebook post.

Singer Rodney Parker, on his personal Facebook page, posted Tuesday about the Charlottesville, Va., protests.

The Toledo Blade, which sponsors the Rib Off, made the decision to pull the band.

Parker’s post, which is posted in the Blade article linked above: “Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Communists, PURE TRASH, PERIOD. Certainly in the face of this ongoing relentless behavior from these leftist agitators, White Nationalists (who’re NOT White Supremacists, just so we’re clear) TOTALLY have a legitimate right to SPEAK, BE HEARD, and retaliate. Mainstream media wants to manipulate and keep you timid and full of white guilt, and that empowers these leftists (expletives). DO NOT fall for that communist tactic EVER.”

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Parker’s comments posted after he shared a video of protesters tearing down a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C.

Parker told the Blade he isn’t a racist, and neither was his Facebook post.

“The claims of racism against me are as false as dentures, period; end of story,” Parker told the Blade.

Parker said the allegations came from someone he banned from his page for making racist remarks.

John McAfee, the band’s founder, said the rest of the band had nothing to do with the post, and that the band and Parker weren’t racist.

“If anything we’re about getting along and getting past this government crap,” McAfee said. 


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