Huckabee Quits Board Of Country Music Association After One Day, Whines That Hateful Bullies Have Won

Variety reports:

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who, less than 24 hours after taking a post on the board of the Country Music Association Foundation, stepped down from his position amid furor in Nashville over his hardline politics and anti-LGBTQ stance, has published the letter tendering his resignation to the CMA Foundation.

In it, the conservative radio host lambastes “irrational vitriol directed toward [the CMA Foundation] or me for my religious or political views that necessitated my abrupt departure,” and defends his commitment to music education, hailing the “transformative” impact that musicianship had on his life growing up in Arkansas.

From Huckabee’s letter:

Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together. If the arts community becomes part of the polarization instead of bridging communities and people over the power of civil norms as reflected in the arts, then we as a civilization may not be long for this earth.

All of us have deep passions about our beliefs. I do about mine. But I hate no one. I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood because that person sees things differently than me.

I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive and recognize that a true love for kids having access to the arts is more important than a dislike for someone or a group of people because of who they are or what they believe.

  • Gustav2

    When you have lost the Country Music folks, you have lost your ‘culture war.’

  • “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside
    political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and
    come together.”

    Then why does your party constantly try to defund them, Mr. Huckabee?

    “I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive…”

    Based on this story, it sounds like they are working toward that.

    • TampaZeke

      Yeah, because country music has always been on the cutting edge of setting aside political, geographical, racial and religious barriers.

      Not a whole lot of black, liberal, Muslim Yankees burnin’ up the country music charts. And that’s just the way Huckabilly likes it.

      • Snicker. And yet, he’s too out there even for them.

        • GayOldLady

          There’s really a lot of diversity in country music particularly on the creation and production side of the business. I spent 56 years of my life in Nashville and had friends at Billboard and Acuff Rose Publications. Country music isn’t all white, right and male and Nashville is a very progressive city.

          • caphillprof

            And yet the image projected is otherwise

          • GayOldLady


          • Gotcha. My wife is a country music fan, actually. I didn’t mean that quite the way it sounded, and I apologize for the way it might have come across. =)

          • GayOldLady

            I took no offense at your comment so no apology necessary. I was raised in Nashville. My grandfather ran a business directly behind the Grand Ole Opry. In my youth I delivered packages of liquor backstage to the performers including many of the stars of the day. I went to school with people whose parents were in the Country Music business so I was able to see inside the business in a more personal way. I got to meet many of the CM stars because in Nashville they socialize with the general public and don’t hideout in their Estates. I was telling someone yesterday that I frequented a lesbian bar where KD Lang spent time before she became famous and well before she came out. And FYI, Even though I grew up hearing Country Music every day, I was never a fan of CM except I loved Patsy Cline, who I watched perform in person from backstage at the Opry. Nashville is really a great place to live and visit. If your wife likes CM you should really visit sometime. Y’all live in Atlanta, right?

          • Ah, cool! I know my wife has been to Nashville – one of her good friends went to Vanderbilt for college. I haven’t been yet though, so I’ll suggest that for a trip for us sometime. Thank you!

            Yeah, we’re in Atlanta. Me, I was born in Taiwan, grew up in California, now live in Georgia. My wife has lived in Georgia all her life. Gotta say, I rarely heard anyone say “y’all” before moving here. Do you also say “fixing to?” (i.e. “I’m fixing to go to the store.”) My wife says that, and I’ve always thought it sounds absolutely adorable.

          • GayOldLady

            I hate to admit it, but yes I say “I’m fixing to”. We have a lot of those sayings in the South that are used nowhere else in the country. I went to a conference many years ago in San Diego. The man seated next to me kept engaging me in conversation and I thought he was just being overly friendly. On the second day of the conference he sought me out and sat next to me again, engaging me in conversation throughout the day and even into the evening dinner. The last morning of the conference he told me that he really enjoyed talking to me because he loved my voice and Southern accent. I was relieved because until he told me that I was beginning to think he was a stalker. 🙂

            FYI….My oldest daughter graduated from Vandy too. PhD. It’s an outstanding University.

          • Librarykid

            I grew up in GA and “fixing to” and “y’all” and “all y’all” are just a standard part of my vocabulary, but “fixing to” was the thing that some people from the north caught that pegged me as a southerner and, interestingly, a Georgian. I guess if you analyze it, the expression makes little sense, but it is some sort of southern ultra future tense. “Over yonder” is a direction I do not hear now as much s I did while growing up.

            What this obese, lying turd said about the arts community is one of his typical lies. The arts community, almost anywhere, is more progressive on social issues than the population at large which often earns the arts community the anger of the less progressive. I remember all of the threats to budgets when our PBS station planned to air “In The Life” decades ago so it was aired at midnight on Sundays. I had to tape it to watch it.

          • anne marie in philly

            YOU got to see patsy cline live? jealous!

          • GayOldLady

            I’m not one of those people who is star struck, but she was bigger than life and a voice that was everything you hear on records. In those days there was little help from the studios to clean up the singing voice so what you heard was her actual voice and she was terrific. I was fortunate in my life to see JFK and MLK as well. I was so close to JFK I could have touched him. I saw MLK as a member of an audience at a distance, he also was magnificent with his resounding voice. I feel fortunate to have seen both JFK and MLK, not a lot of people alive today can say that.

          • Bj Lincoln

            That is so cool!
            ps. I finally got it! After all these years I got it! Thanks for being a sounding board for me. It is much appreciated hon.

          • GayOldLady

            I’m so happy for you and your partner. I hope it makes life easier for you. How is your health holding up?

      • JT

        You don’t even have to go there. Remember what they did to the Dixie Chicks, a group with considerable talent?

      • Nic Peterson

        He could just go create his own music association and fill it with artists from the religious trash heap of the FM dial, you know the ones down by NPR in most major markets. They have every flavor of Jesus loving, queer hating goodness that would make the Huckster feel right at home. Bonus points because there wouldn’t be any libtards, Muslims or blah people.

        Maybe he doesn’t do that because it’s not popular enough to have any grift?

  • TampaZeke

    Well, DILLY DILLY to the hateful bullies!

    • greenmanTN

      And a hey nonny nonny!

  • kirtanloorii

    So all that anti-war music from the 60’s never happened?

    • olandp

      In Republican world, it didn’t.

      • fuow

        Considering the shit Glen Campbell took, and all the other country singers who dared not to too the KKK party line…well, let’s just say we don’t need any more hucksters, pearl necklace or no, telling us how to love people.

    • ColdCountry

      And the unionizing songs before that? Nope.

  • Pete Wascher

    you wish “no one the loss of life or livelihood,” it’s only your philosophy and policies that do.

    who do you think is showing a “dislike for someone or a group of people because of who they are or what they believe”? look in the mirror, bro.

  • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

    Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together.

    Like when white musicians stole the music of blacks?
    Like when black musicians were screwed out of royalties and fair payment?
    Like when black musicians couldn’t stay in the hotels where they performed?

    • David Gervais

      “Like when black musicians could NOT stay in the hotels where they performed?”

      • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

        Yup, you knew what I meant. Already corrected, but thanks!

    • clay

      or like when the GOP repeatedly threatened the NIH and NEA for “offensive” “anti-Christian” “obscene” art works only indirectly supported by public funding?

      or when Huckabee helped trash the Dixie Chicks?

      of like when Trump chose Lee Greenwood to sing at his inauguration?

      or when folk musicians played protest songs?

      or when rappers made socio-political rhymes?

      The Rev. is a liar.

      • SkokieGuy / May attempt snark

        Of course he is, and well done list of very specific events that demonstrate he’s full of crap.

      • prixator

        The Rev. is a liar.

        And, he’s taught his daughter well!

    • fuow

      There is an absolutely brilliant Carol Burnett sketch with Sammy Davis. Jr. on this.

    • Librarykid

      I remember people complaining about Mahalia Jackson riding around in a Cadillac until it was explained that when on tour, in many locations, she had to sleep in it. It was rare to hear white Christian clergy advocating for human rights for blacks before or after the fight for Civil Rights.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    “Irrational vitriol”??….. you’re kidding right?…have listened to AM radio? Or read YouTube comments?

    • iambu

      Or stepped outside recently?

  • olandp

    If music transformed little Mikie, imagine what he could have been like. Personally I don’t think music had enough of an effect.

    “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside
    political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and
    come together.”

    Tell it to Jesse Helms.

    • clay

      regarding your first part:

      why the dog was killed, how the dog was killed, whether Governor Huckabee attempted (successfully or otherwise) to forestall investigations into the act, whether Governor Huckabee fired the Chief of the State Police for refusing to quash the investigation, and why the gun was being carried through airport security, is up for grabs

      • cleos_mom

        IMO how and why the dog was killed, etc. is irrelevant. That’s a capital offense in my book.

        • clay

          Are you seriously saying that euthanizing an animal (how the dog was killed is irrelevant) is grounds for the death penalty (a capital offense)?

          • Todd20036

            Killing the dog by torture is not “euthanizing” it.

          • clay

            Absolutely true, but that means that how the dog was killed is NOT irrelevant.

  • greenmanTN

    “I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood” says the man who thinks it’s perfectly OK to fire people for being gay and even if he doesn’t personally wish death on LGBT people (which is doubtful), uses rhetoric that empowers those who do and those who act on it.

    • forcebear

      And loss of livelihood has happened to many gay couples because of lack of the protections of marriage, which he thinks we shouldn’t have.

      • clay

        Even with national marriage protections, states still allow employment discrimination– some persons lost their jobs as soon as they publicly, legally (lesbian/gay) wed.

    • Michael White

      This man has done nothing but spread hate and discrimination in the name of baby jeebus his whole life. His welp is lying daily in the WH . I hope he suffers worse than the suffering he has caused others. He is nothing but the santorum dripping from the butt of humanity

      • Librarykid

        A-fucking-men! Thank you.

      • anne marie in philly

        HELL YEAH!

    • unsavedheathen

      I don’t believe that Huckabee(or 90% of Republican office holders, talking heads) personally believes what he spews. He says these things to paint himself as a martyr, to enrage his ill-educated base, to get money from the rubes. We joke about people like Huckabee being stupid. They’re generally not. He plays to stupid people for a living.

      I find this infinitely more deplorable than the opinions of the fools he manipulates for profit.

  • blackstar
    • fuow

      I can recognize talent regardless of whether I like the style. And I hate his style. But talent? Yes. It’s also pleasant to hear someone who actually knows what pitch is.

  • Dunkerblinker

    I blame the CMA for offering that bigot a post.

  • Bluto

    Hey huck, have you considered that YOU & your fellow old bigoted dinosaurs are the problem?

  • JT
    • The Sentinel

      I’ll take the mug, poster, and t-shirt!

    • EdA

      Gosh, put clothes on that obscene picture.

    • anne marie in philly

      eye bleach! eye bleach! STAT!

  • Cackalaquiano

    We’re the hateful bullies y’all! How dare we call out people who actively work to deny us basic rights, who denigrate our humanity and who seek to erase us from society!

  • FAEN

    Go bury your head in a buffet and stop talking already.

    • He’ll have to jockey for space in the trough with his daughter.

  • Pucks yer Mackd

    He wants to be in the arts/music industry? Why not get on the board for BET or the heavy metal groups. He just wants to whine. There is enough jesus in country music we don’t need huckajesus in it. Go to the gospel channel and have at it.

  • #DJTK5F

    Typical fake x-tian non-news. Whose livelihood was threatened anyway? Was this board seat Huckleberry’s last gig? What a fat fraud this pig of a man is. Fry, bacon, fry.

    Why don’t you get out there and raise a few hundred million to restore funding to Arts Education across the country, for students and performers of country music as well as classical, jazz, soul, R&B, rap and ALL genres. Put down the cheesecake and put your money where your mouth is, and then maybe you’d have a basis for complaint and a legitimate platform from which to speak.

    Until then, you’re just another grifiting religiotician, the kind Jesus would’ve chased out of the temple while kicking your ass. May I live to see it.

  • Blackfork

    So what the fuck was this guy doing on the board to begin with? And, of course he says they’re bullies because he can’t tolerate any blowback from all his previous anti-LGBTQ hate speech. What a fucking fraud.

    • Librarykid

      Why doesn’t he go back to preaching? He can probably find a receptive hate-filled congregation.

  • “I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive” says the man who thinks country music singer Chely Wright shouldn’t have been able to marry her current spouse.

    • fuow

      The baby isn’t fat enough…

  • scorpiomike

    I read his first paragraph above and thought “Correct! That is why you must go!”

  • Chris Baker

    “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together.”

    If I am not mistaken, Country music is all about drinking and cheating and getting caught and your lover leaving and your dog dying and living on the wrong side of the tracks and working hard and being down on your luck and driving your big truck in the south. Maybe it’s cause I prefer the older stuff.

    • clay

      Nope, nothing geographical or economic, there.

  • The Sentinel

    KUDOS! to Jason Owen, manager and Monument Records label executive: “As you may know I have a child and two on the way,” the manager, who is openly gay, wrote. “This man has made it clear that my family is not welcome in his America. And the CMA has opened their arms to him, making him feel welcome and relevant … This was a detrimentally poor choice by the CMA and its leaders.”

    There’s more:

    • shrumpi

      Jason Owen is one of the best and nicest men in the music business. I have known him since we were both assistants about 20 years ago. So very proud of his accomplishments and his integrity. What a man!

  • fuow

    Country isn’t all yee-haw and nationalism.
    When your hatred of gays and transgender people is worn on your sleeve, there aren’t that many in Country willing to put up with you in 2018.

    • Librarykid

      Like Dolly Parton’s kindness.

  • “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside
    political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and
    come together.”

    I seem to remember something about a certain VP and the cast of Hamilton…

    • -M-

      Also the eighties.

      And the attacks on the Dixie Chicks.


  • jayjonson

    I love that this bastard calls himself “Gov. Mike Huckabee” as though he were the sitting governor of Arkansas. Everything about him is phony, including his supposed commitment to civility and inclusiveness. I am glad that country music fans know who he is and want nothing to do with him.

    • clay

      He should go back to using he “Rev.” title,
      but that would require more honesty than his whole family’s got.

  • EdA

    “I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood because that person sees things differently than me.”

    Unless they’re LGBT.

    Let us also not forget that this puddle of santorum is also an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and his daughter is the unworthy but appropriate spokescreature for the moral degenerate who plays the role of president.

  • rednekokie

    Hmm — perhaps he actually realized that he doesn’t know a damned thing about music. Only bigotry. And that doesn’t even fly well, even with the most adamant of country music lovers.

  • boatboy_srq

    If “the arts” are so transcendent and intrinsically valuable, why is it that school districts have been shredding arts budgets for the last three-plus decades?

    …Could it be TAXES?

    …Could it be SATAN?


  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Huckabee: I don’t hate anybody, I just masturbate at the idea of people who aren’t just like me being tortured by the likes of the Cenobites of Hellraiser forever and ever and cry that I can’t do that stuff right here and now.

  • Thorn Spike

    Hateful bully says what?

  • David in Palm Springs

    You aligned yourself with a quadruple-married adulterous whore who had children out of wedlock whose claim to fame is hating gay people. You deserve all the scorn the world can dole out.

  • Rex

    Music and art reflect culture and society – Huckabee clearly would not be an asset on any board working in the arts.

    • boatboy_srq

      Especially as former governor of the 41st best state for education.

  • Clive Johnson

    Conservatives resent it being said, but if they can’t conduct themselves in public life without denigrating and scapegoating groups of people, without touting white supremacist and Christian supremacist doctrines, without supporting discriminatory and exclusionary laws and policies, then don’t be surprised if ethical and thinking people want to hold you at arm’s length.

  • Pip

    Oh Nashville you confused little blue bubble besieged by a red sea. Keep being you. This time it actually paid off.

  • jmax

    So unless we allow anti-gay, anti-education bigots to be on the board of an arts foundation, “then we as a civilization may not be long for this earth.”
    Hyperbole much, guvnah?

  • SoCalVet

    nothing to whine about…he’s known by his deeds and the awful things he says.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together.”

    Oh yeah, because conservatives never want to eliminate completely/cut funding to the NEA or NEH. That’s why they never tried to censor art and I’m sure they never got pissed off because of an artist, say like Mappleworth.

  • hdtex
  • PlutoAnimus

    Redneck white trash country ‘music’ is so mainstream that its gatekeepers now have to act like civilized people.

    Victims of their own success.

  • Sean Taylor

    There are a lot of Democrats in Nashville, he wasn’t really a good fit to begin with.

  • M Jackson

    I’m skipping his letter to eat a handful of rusty tacks.

  • iambu

    “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together.”

    Yeah, political protest songs were never a thing. Bob Dylan is the guy who cuts my hair. Joan Baez is my mail carrier. “Plane Wreck At Los Gatos” is a fun little diddy about a goofy, in-flight oopsie daisy! Woodstock never happened either.

    And since it’s your favorite flavor, Mike: The Dixie Chicks were never blackballed by the entire Country music industry for calling out George W.’s warmongering. That would just be nonsense.

  • How dare you not be tolerant of my intolerance!!!

  • bestofandy

    Awwww poor boy. If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the music room.

  • netxtown

    Well obviously the CMA had no interest in putting a hymnal in the mens restroom. Mike does like to hum while he works….

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit! Rev. Huckabee is a notorious hater of LGBT people and women and always has been. Jason Owen, the manager for some major Nashville artists like Little Big Town is gay and has a family. He stood up and said “Hell no!” and major country artists backed him up and threatened to pull their support of the CMA Foundation. Even Country music is changing, and Nashville has become a progressive city. Huckabee’s bigotry is going the way of the Klan.

  • Jefe5084

    Oh Shut the Fuck Up.

    He only knows about the banjo duel from Deliverance. Huckleberry and musical talent do not go together. Huckleberry and raising kids who torture dogs–now that’s a match!.

  • Cuberly Deux

    I was kicked out of a position therefore the country shall fail

    Hucksters delusions of grandeur on steroids I see.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “Until recently, the arts was the one place America could set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers and come together.”

    Has he ever watched the Country Music Awards? or any Country Music Award Show? or just gone to a Country Music Concert???
    They talk about and thank God more than they do their wives, kids or team of managers. And please, where else will you see a shitload of uber patriots who pretty much say ‘let me wrap myself in the flag and scream MURIKA!’? Clearly, the man doesn’t have a clue.

  • Friday

    Christian Right Trumpist bigot says what about ‘diversity, tolerance, and bullying? He’s nothing but a hate-preacher and washed-up Dominionist politician, and he whines it’s ‘bullying’ if a *music association* doesn’t want to be about those things? Especially after what Huckster has been doing just lately to stir hate and back the Nazi-supporting ‘president?’

  • unsavedheathen

    Don’t let this aggravate your IBS, Governor. We have the arts. You have the Kochs(who fund the arts in the US to a great degree) and all the guns.

  • Mike

    The arts are not where we set aside political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic issues. The opposite. It helps the resistance take root and take off. Right wing scumbags like Huckabee and the Kochs re trying to co-opt the arts and academia because art and science and truth have a well known liberal bias. It won’t work.

  • JWC

    All these GOP shit get most of the words” political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers ” but seem to always forget any mention of sexual orientation Ever notice that, then they whine but we are SO “librul” and accommodating

  • BlueberriesForMe

    “But I hate no one”. Why do I not believe this?

  • Richard B

    I am not sure why the Country Music Association saw any value in adding Mike Huckabee to their board. He is, what he is – and it is a bit of a stretch to call him a musician. Mike Huckabee is selfish angry man who wears religion on his shoulders as a badge to justify his bigotries and biases and uses politics for gain power. Huckabee claims to be a fundamentalist Christian, but when you read the new testament, the simple clear message of his covenant to take away is ” love thy neighbor, heal the sick and feed the poor”.
    All Huckabee amounted to is a angry preacher who crosses the line to blend his version of Christianity into government.

  • ColdCountry

    Music is where people set aside politics? Guess he never heard of protest songs.

    But how did he get on the board in the first place?

  • anne marie in philly

    bwhahahahahaha! NO ONE likes you, or your ugly daughter, or your animal-abusing son! FOAD, H8ER!

  • ArchiLaw

    He doesn’t know much about Art!

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    Such a snowflake, need a safe space there Squirrel boy?

  • Ninja0980

    ” I wish upon NO ONE the loss of life or livelihood because that person sees things differently than me.”
    Unless they are LGBT, in which case I think it’s perfectly fine to not only fire them but deny them rights under the law.

  • Bj Lincoln

    What a crock! If anything the arts are the most inclusive and welcoming bunch of people you will ever meet. They don’t put up with openly anti-LGBT people or haters of any kind. I am surprised he was even considered for a post.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    I hope that the music and entertainment industry will become more tolerant and inclusive…

    You know? i am done, DONE, with these assholes walking around demanding that we are tolerant of their assholesery. Want to be an asshole? by all means, act a fool, go all out and let your hair down and your feathers air dry; but do not walk around like it is our job to throw you a pride fest because you are an asshole, and do not bitch and moan when you face the consequences of your actions. Period.

    You know? from now on, any time any of these bitches pretends that we are falling short of our tolerance stand because we appear to be intolerant of their assholesery, we should just say” “I’m sorry, bitch, you are confused, Tolerance does not include room for living in a consequence free society. You want to be an asshole, you deal with the consequences.”

  • Kissmagrits

    Has Governor Huckabee been living under an Arkansas bridge all these years? It’s more apparent than ever the creative world is more inclusive than they’ve ever been in our nation’s history…and it won’t likely stop.

    Another question…What’s left for a fundamentalist to bitch about after his license to hate is rendered moot? Not very much.

  • Highmoremotel

    WTF is he talking about? Art is one of the most powerful voices when it comes to political, geographical, racial, religious, and economic barriers.

  • John

    To quote Clarence Darrow: “I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure.”

  • Andymac3

    Let it snowflake, let it snowflake, let it snowflake.

  • chrisinphx

    Oh for fuck sake. This whole the left needs to be more tolerant is such bullshit.

  • ECarpenter

    Yes, lets be more tolerant and inclusive of people who attack fags. Fag-bashing isn’t just a lifestyle choice, it’s Religious Freedom – Baptist God loves to kill ’em, and we loves that Baptist God.

    Oh that Huckabee! Such a fine example of Christian Love™ , bless his heart.

  • JCF