Country music singer Neal McCoy is making waves with a new song aimed at the NFL’s national anthem protests called “Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee).”
“I think it’s something that some people are scared to step up and say something about it, but if you give them an opportunity to echo it through you then they jump right in,” McCoy said Sunday on “Fox & Friends.”
The song’s popularity is shown on the charts. After having been released on Nov. 10, the song written by Dan Roberts was ranked first on Amazon’s digital country songs and fourth on the iTunes Top 100 Country Songs Chart as of Sunday.
Many took to Twitter to express their appreciation of the country singer’s controversial song.
My new FAVORITE VIDEO! “Take a Knee ….My Ass” https://t.co/0OVH9wBd4Z
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) November 18, 2017
So, little rapper M&M can trash the President but a country song about not taking a knee hurt someone's feelings? Well, this trending tweet's proof MSM is pushing the left's agenda…https://t.co/Eqtrmn8Z2m
— Deplorable Tim 🇺🇸 (@Timtravels007) November 18, 2017
*Kaepernick disrespects America*
Country singer: “Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee)”
Dems: “OMG. Can’t believe he disrespected Kaepernick like that 😭”https://t.co/DWNVeetBqM
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 18, 2017
And the lyrics make the singer’s point crystal clear.
“When I see someone on TV take their stand by bending their knee, whether it be on astro turf or grass, I think of those whose freedom was not free, and I say: ‘Take a knee — my ass!’” the song’s lyrics read.
McCoy, who has received the Pledge of Allegiance on Facebook for more than 680 consecutive days, said the song is not about money.
“I’ve been on 15 USO tours,” McCoy said. “I’ve entertained our troops in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and all over the world. So, no, this is not a money grab.”
“This is a guy that believes in our country, that does not like people kneeling, not standing with their hands over their hearts, for the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. That’s what I’m about,” he said.
“This song’s exactly what I stand for,” McCoy said. “It’s not a slam against the people who are taking the knee, that they don’t have a right to do that — I understand they do — I just think it’s kind of a wrong time, wrong place kind of thing for me.”
McCoy, who is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 2009, admitted that along with strong positive response, he received a lot of negative reaction.
“The upside and the downside is that a lot of people like-minded like me are going to say, ‘Yeah, man, tell ‘em how we feel,’ and others say, ‘You’re an idiot and a racist,’” he said. “I had no idea that it was going to go viral, and now that it has, we’re sure getting the other side.”
McCoy said that GQ magazine was wrong when it named former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick began the trend of NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem during the 2016 season.
“I understand they’re probably going to say he’s done a lot for civil rights and everything, and maybe he has. Maybe whatever he was trying to do, with civil unrest, maybe African-Americans being treated wrong, or not equally, and some of that’s right,” McCoy said.
“Maybe that’s what he was trying to do. But, taking a knee during the national anthem at a professional NFL game is not the way to do it.”