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    Despite his background as a comedian, Stephen Colbert is known by many of the authors who have appeared on his show as one of the toughest interviewers in the business. But on July 28, when country music superstar Toby Keith stepped on the set of the Colbert Report to promote his movie, Beer For My Horses, he was greeted by his host with nothing less than reverential admiration. After a jovial, back-slapping sit-down with Keith,

    Colbert turned the stage over to his guest for a performance of the song that inspired the title and theme of his forthcoming "Southern comedy."
    While Keith belted out "Beer For My Horses," Colbert's studio audience clapped to the beat, blithely unaware that they were swaying to a racially tinged, explicitly pro-lynching anthem that calls for the vigilante-style hanging of car thieves, "gangsters doing dirty deeds...crime in the streets," and other assorted evildoers.
    The lyrics to Keith's ode to lynching are as follows:
    Well a man come on the 6 o'clock news
    said somebody's been shot
    somebody's been abused
    somebody blew up a building
    somebody stole a car
    somebody got away
    somebody didn't get to far yeah
    they didn't get too far

    Grandpappy told my pappy back in my day, son
    A man had to answer for the wicked that he'd done
    Take all the rope in Texas
    Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
    Hang them high in the street
    For all the people to see

    That Justice is the one thing you should always find
    You got to saddle up your boys
    You got to draw a hard line
    When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
    And we'll all meet back at the local saloon
    And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
    whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
    We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
    too much corruption and crime in the streets

    It's time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
    Send 'em all to their maker and he'll settle 'em down
    You can bet he'll set 'em down...
    During the days when Toby Keith's "Grandpappy" stalked the Jim Crow South, lynching was an institutional method of terror employed against blacks to maintain white supremacy. According to the Tuskegee Institute, between the years 1882 and 1951, 3,437 African-Americans were lynched in the United States, mostly in the heart of Dixie. Felonious assault and rape (read: corrupting "the flower of white womanhood") were the two most frequent justifications for lynch mob actions.

    Toby Keith: "Hang 'em high in the street, for all the people to see"


    Georgia was ground zero for lynch mob activity. Though most of the Peach State's victims were black, one of its most high-profile hangings claimed the life of a Jew, Leo Frank. Frank, a college-educated Northerner, was wrongly convicted in 1913 of murdering a 13-year-old girl after a show trial in which his prosecutor portrayed him to a grand jury as a bisexual pervert. Before the trial, one juror remarked, "If I get on that jury, I'll hang that Jew for sure."


    A crowd gathered outside the courtroom as soon as the verdict came down. "Hang the Jew!" they chanted. Above the mob's cries rose the voice of a country fiddler named John Carson who had come to debut his ode to Frank's supposed victim, Mary Phagan. He sang:
    Leo Frank he met her With a brutish heart, we know;
    He smiled, and said, "Little Mary,
    You won't go home no more."
    The terrifying spectacle outside the courtroom prompted Jewish families to flee Atlanta in droves. Two years later, after the governor commuted Frank's sentence, a lynch mob spirited Frank from his prison cell, dragged him into the woods and lynched him -- from "a tall oak tree," as Toby Keith sang.

    Leo Frank, a Northern Jew, was lynched in 1915 -- from "a tall oak tree," as Toby Keith sang


    Those who doubt the presence of racist undertones in Keith's "Beer For My Horses" should see the song's video. (The embed link to the video's Youtube version was disabled by Keith's record label so you have to click here to watch it). Cue ahead to 3:00 and watch as Keith intones, "We got too many gangsters doin' dirty deeds." The singer's words are not-so-subtly accompanied by the image of a swaggering black man sporting short dreads and baggy clothes. Thus the profile of Keith's ideal lynching candidate is revealed.


    Keith's whirlwind publicity tour continues on July 30 with his appearance on CBS's Early Show, then sit-down interviews with Esquire Magazine and Us Weekly. The following week, Jay Leno will play host to another raucous rendition of "Beer For My Horses." Thanks to Keith and his unsuspecting hosts, lynching is becoming cool again.

    Update: The trailer to Keith's "Beer For My Horses" identifies the film's lead villian: a dark-skinned "Mexican guy" who traffics drugs and kidnaps the girlfriend of Keith's character.
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    Last week, I reported for the Huffington Post that country singer Toby Keith had performed a pro-lynching anthem on the Colbert Report, and would be playing the same song soon on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a slew of nationally televised talk shows.
    The lyrics of Keith's song, "Beer For My Horses," which I transcribed, could hardly be less explicit -- "Hang 'em high, for all the people to see." In my piece, I also noted the racially tinged nature of the song's video and the forthcoming movie that Keith's song inspired.

    Toby Keith's latest: Obama "talks, acts, and carries himself as a Caucasian."


    The response from right-wing blogs was swift and strident. Townhall.com whined that "The Liberal Lynching of Toby Keith" had taken place; Lonewacko claimed that Keith was actually "promoting lawful executions." And Keith found an avid defender in Robert Stacy McCain, the disgraced former Washington Times reporter and avowed neo-Confederate who once allegedly ranted in the middle of the Times newsroom that slavery was "good for the blacks and good for property owners."


    The comments section of my post was immediately swarmed by right-wing trolls twisting themselves into contortions to defend the indefensible. A typical comment read: "I can't believe that this Max can't find something real to complain about in this crazy world... I think Max is the bigot -- he obviously hates country music, country singers and Southerners."


    Describing Keith's over-produced truck commercial schmaltz as "country music" besmirches the dignified tradition established by Bill Monroe, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, while insulting the innovative artists propelling the genre into the future, from Neko Case to Son Volt to my good friend Dave Bryan (hear his music here). At his best, Keith is Merle Haggard with a lobotomy. But that's beside the point.


    The comments by the literally hundreds of trolls who leapt to Keith's defense are significant for only one reason: they reveal the extent to which the radical right has anointed Keith as a icon of its movement. Keith's schlock rock is the soundtrack of the culturally deprived australopithicenes who populate the cyber-caves of freeperland and comprise the movement's most fervent activists. As a bellicose chickenhawk who has risen from the ranks of the rural working class to become "White Trash With Money," Keith has carefully calibrated his image to fit the sensibility of his fans.


    Now, Keith has trained his sights on Barack Obama, attacking him in language that startled even the notoriously reactionary radio jock Glenn Beck. During Keith's appearance on the July 30 broadcast of Beck's show, he remarked, "I think the black people would say he [Obama] don't talk, act or carry himself as a black person."


    "What does that even mean?" the audibly shocked Beck replied.
    "Well, I don't know what that means," Keith drawled, "but I think that that's what they would say. Even though the black society would pull for him I still think that they think in the back of their mind that the only reason he is in [the general election] is because he talks, acts and carries himself as a Caucasian."


    How will Keith's fans explain away his remarks without rejecting the essential thrust of his argument? The comments section is open.
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    Was he wearing white sheets when he sang this crapola?

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    ugh, this totally doesn't surprise me. i've found him despicable ever since he did that song "courtesy of the red, white & blue".
    white, black, puerto rican/everybody just a freakin'/good times were rollin'.


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    Even though I know lynching first brings to mind racism it was done to white people too who got caught stealing cattle and what not.
    We could highlight these lyrics too:
    When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
    And we'll all meet back at the local saloon
    And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
    whiskey for my men, beer for my horses

    which bring to mind the west when they were doing "lynchings" as well.

    Oh well let's not leave Willie Nelson out of this... I'm sorry Toby Keith may be a jack ass but this is reaching.
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    Wow.

    He could have done a song about country justice, like old cowboys getting a posse together and running the outlaws out of town, but this is not what he did. That's creepy shit. No doubt it has racist undertones.

    Yeah, and country music my ass. I'm not a big fan of the genre, but I don't believe there is any authentic county music that is mainstream today. It's all pop; stereotyping pop music.

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    And this is why people need to pay attention to song lyrics before they start doing a sing-a-long.

    As for Toby Keith, I'm not shocked. He's a redneck and proud of it. It's just like somebody that's ghetto and proud of it. You just don't get shocked by what they do after a certain point.

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    Toby Keith's latest: Obama "talks, acts, and carries himself as a Caucasian."
    Toby's just mad that Obama is more educated than he is, which isn't a stretch. But that comment says a LOT about him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Kill Me View Post
    Even though I know lynching first brings to mind racism it was done to white people too who got caught stealing cattle and what not.
    We could highlight these lyrics too:
    When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
    And we'll all meet back at the local saloon
    And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
    whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
    which bring to mind the west when they were doing "lynchings" as well.

    Oh well let's not leave Willie Nelson out of this... I'm sorry Toby Keith may be a jack ass but this is reaching.
    I kind of agree here, but that Obama comment makes me think it's not that innocent. I'm sure he doesn't think he's racist, and maybe it wasn't meant to be, maybe it was just a cowboy song, which is ok. But the lyrics, the video, and the Obama comment make it very tasteless.

    ETA: When I say "which is ok" I meant the cowboy song part, not the "he's not meaning to be racist" That's NEVER an excuse, although I see it a lot. I Reread that and it didn't seem clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByRDi View Post
    I kind of agree here, but that Obama comment makes me think it's not that innocent. I'm sure he doesn't think he's racist, and maybe it wasn't meant to be, maybe it was just a cowboy song, which is ok. But the lyrics, the video, and the Obama comment make it very tasteless.
    Obama pretty much said the same thing about himself on 60 minutes and then went on to "prove his blackness" by explaining how he had difficulty hailing a cab.
    And there is no denying that there are ignorant people of all races who have said this about Obama.
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    I'd guess that Colbert thought he was mocking him - after all, despite the fact that he hosts under his real name, he's playing a character that's supposed to be a buffoon. The rest of these guys, I don't know what to think, other than that they know they need to book big-name country acts to keep their ratings high.

    Thanks also for mentioning Leo Frank, a case often overlooked when people talk about lynchings in the South. There was a black suspect in the crime that the prosecution dismissed because they believed the killer knew how to read and write. Really brought out the best in everyone, you know?

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    Obama "talks, acts, and carries himself as a Caucasian."

    And what's wrong with acting like a Caucasian? Isn't he half Caucasian? How should he act to be considered black?
    Focus: I just watched that turd of a video for the equally nausea-inducing song. It's a real stretch to infer that this is racially tinged. So they showed a black man for 3 seconds. They also showed white female hookers. Yeah, it's stupid. Yeah, it's in bad taste. Did he mean to write a racist song? No, I don't think so.
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    He'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.

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    Toby's either too ignorant to too dishonest to acknowledge that although lynching was a form for Southern justice for lawbreakers, it became predominantly a tool of murder against blacks and other groups targeted by the Klan and other bigots.
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    I am not a country music fan, never will be. But I know that this guy is a huge draw in some arena's.

    My husband works at a Casino/Resort and deals somewhat, thought very little with some of the talent that comes to the Casino to play. He has mentioned many times how POPULAR this idiot is. He sells out EVERY TIME he comes (and he comes alot). I'm like WTF?? He doesn't get it either.

    I just asked him if he had any dirt on him (as he is close friends with the people that 'handle' the talent when they are the casino) and he didn't...but he is going to check....and get back to me.

    I HATE THIS GUY. He's such a douche!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynnieD View Post
    I am not a country music fan, never will be. But I know that this guy is a huge draw in some arena's.

    My husband works at a Casino/Resort and deals somewhat, thought very little with some of the talent that comes to the Casino to play. He has mentioned many times how POPULAR this idiot is. He sells out EVERY TIME he comes (and he comes alot). I'm like WTF?? He doesn't get it either.

    I just asked him if he had any dirt on him (as he is close friends with the people that 'handle' the talent when they are the casino) and he didn't...but he is going to check....and get back to me.

    I HATE THIS GUY. He's such a douche!!!
    That's what makes this so reckless!
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    Would expect nothing more from this guy. But, like Ludicrous, he has the right to say what he wants.

    I certainly hope those who are condemning Keith are as quick to do the same with Ludicrious.

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