Country musician Neal McCoy was so incensed by NFL players who took a knee during that national anthem that he performed a song called “Take A Knee My Ass.” It is a truly shameless cash grab and a lousy, maudlin song; it begins with him singing the first portion of the Pledge of Allegiance.
McCoy debuted the song at a Nov. 8 concert, which was both literally and figuratively in Branson, Mo., and recorded the performance for Facebook. “Put A Knee In My Ass” or whatever it’s called begins at about the four-minute mark of this video:
All music genres have duds, but there is something special about a bad country song. The combination of oafish pandering and total artlessness is remarkable, and punishing. An artist has no other objective than to blatantly sell out when he’s passing off “9/11 to Afghanistan” as a lyric and prompting the crowd to cheer when he says “my ass.”