By Shannon Frost Greenstein
Brad Paisley was not happy.
He took to Twitter to express his displeasure over the press guidelines issued November 2nd, which prohibited the media from asking artists about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Also forbidden in the written instructions were questions concerning, “…“gun rights, political affiliations, or topics of the like.”
Paisley took a break from rehearsing for the CMAs to tweet his opinion, calling the guidelines “ridiculous and unfair.” Previously, he had mentioned to Rolling Stone that he and co-host Carrie Underwood would address the tragedy, commenting, “We’re not going to ignore it, but we’re not going to also dwell on that. We have to make sure we honor those we’ve lost, but we also [have to] celebrate this music, which lives on, and do a good job having the heart we need to have on that night.”
Never underestimate the power of an angry tweet, though. Less than two hours later, the CMAs revised the guidelines and lifted the restrictions on which questions the media are permitted to ask. Always the gentleman, Paisley tweeted back his appreciation, stating, “Bravo CMA awards for doing the right thing & apologizing for this mistake.”
It remains to be seen exactly how Paisley and Underwood will focus on the mass shooting, particularly in a way that doesn’t detract from the good vibes sure to be flowing through Nashville the night of the award show. Nonetheless, it’s great to know Brad Paisley is standing up for freedom of the press and remaining committed to honoring the memories of the country music fans who were sadly lost in Las Vegas.
What do YOU think about the CMAs’ actions?