Former House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy just spoke out to blast cancel culture, pointing out how ridiculous it is that it is now targeting the national anthem as “offensive.”
“What started as a legitimate conversation about inequities in our justice system has now morphed into ‘Let’s just change the entire country and change the entire culture,'” Gowdy said during an appearance on Fox News.
This came after Yahoo Music Editor-in-Chief Lyndsey Parker published a story that pointed out that Francis Scott Key, the composer of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” had a history of racist behavior and was a “known slaveholder.”
“Is it time for this country to dispense with ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and adopt a new anthem with a less troubling history and a more inclusive message?” Parker questioned.
The suggested new anthem is John Lennon's "Imagine". pic.twitter.com/Xo1R5GxZDJ
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This also came after the semi-professional soccer team Tulsa Athletic that it will play Oklahoma-born singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” before matches to be more inclusive.
“After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave…,’ Tulsa Athletic came to the decision that the song does not align with the club’s core values.
While this verse is rarely sung, Tulsa Athletic does not believe ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ represents or unites their diverse players, fans, and community,” the team said in a statement.
Gowdy fired back by pointing out that Guthrie is seen by some as a “communist sympathizer” and added “everyone thinks he wrote that song because he didn’t like ‘God Bless America.’”
“So, I promise you that song is going to offend someone too, and pretty soon we’re just going to be humming the theme to ‘The Young and The Restless’ or find something that doesn’t offend anyone,” the former congressman joked.
Not stopping there, Gowdy went on to say that he would “be shocked” if any viewers were aware of the stanza cited by Tulsa Athletic in their statement.
“Be that as it may, I believe in participatory democracy,” Gowdy said.
“And if people want to change things, more power to them. I mean, the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ hasn’t changed in the 55 years I’ve been on Earth,” he went on. “And up until about 24 hours ago, I never heard anyone offended by it.
“So, if we’re going through a period in our country where we’re going to look at everything … I mean, think about this, Ed, in every federal building there is a picture of Donald Trump. Okay?” he added.
“Half the country doesn’t like that. And, five years ago, there was a picture of Barack Obama and half the country didn’t like that. So, are we going to go into federal buildings and start taking down pictures we don’t like? I mean, where does this stop?”
“Where does this stop” indeed.