If there's one man who typifies today's homogenized and sterilized corporate country music, it's Toby Keith. But it's not his music that makes Toby Keith as fun to hate as your neighbor's barking coon dog. No, it's the guy behind the guitar, that loud-mouthed, semipro football washup.
So before he comes to town Saturday, here's a rundown of the best reasons to hate Toby Keith.
5. Toby Keith's temple to himself
If you've been to a location of Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, you've probably asked your religious leader for forgiveness. Because most
religions frown upon building a temple to yourself. But Toby
built a small chain of bars filled with photos and memorabilia
to honor himself. Honestly, the place makes a fine burger, but it's not easy
Make the scenes look like back-lot sets. Replace Jeff Bridges with Toby
Here's a sample of one review from that site: "It would have served
Keith better to pick a project that didn't accentuate a character who
stumbles around an aimless plot with the same confusion of Bruce Banner
coming down from one of his 'smash' moods."
3. Toby's Sad Collaboration with Jimmy
"Hey, Toby, It's me, Jimmy Buffett."
"I got this two-bit song I wrote. Sounds sorta stupid, like something you'd sing."
"I'm with you."
want to sing a piece of it? Not too much, because I don't
want you to ruin it. But how about I give you two stanzas to my four?
Think you can keep from screwing that up?"
"This ain't the Dixie Chicks messing with me again, is it?"
2. Toby's pandering politics
not that he voted for Bush II in 2004. It's not that he's a Palin
supporter, although that is as dumb as a bag of hammers. The problem is that he has tailored
his politics to whatever happens to be popular when some reporter asks
him about it. Who'd he like between Obama and McCain? Well, that's a
pretty hot issue, so he simply said good things about both of them. In 2008, he officially became an independent and told CMT of his former party:
"They've lost any sensibility that they had, and they've allowed all
the kooks in. So I'm going independent." Looks like the Democrats have one less
1. Red, white, and Toby
it's disrespectful to talk about dead Iraqis saying we "put a boot up
your ass." And the families of killed Afghans probably wouldn't appreciate
him singing: "Man, we lit up your world like the Fourth of July." But
it's really what happened after he released Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue
(The Angry American). First, he criticized Peter Jennings for asking
him to soften the lyrics for national TV, pointing out that Jennings was born in Canada: "I find it interesting that he's not from the U.S." Then came the Dixie Chicks, which included Keith releasing a poorly doctored photo of lead singer Natalie Maines with Saddam Hussein. Classy,
Toby. In the end, Keith came across as a singer trying to capitalize on
a wave of American pride, and he became what he is today: an unlikable,
flag-draped fake patriot who spits out corporate radio for whatever
masses happen to be tuning in this time.