Jon Stone

The Famous Door: Blake Shelton's Cowardly Ass
June 10, 2011

“I ain’t trying to start no fight, but I’ll finish one every time”—so crows the country star Blake Shelton in the song that won the first-ever prize for Best Web Video at the CMT Music Awards, broadcast from Nashville this Wednesday evening. Shelton is a coward, and I’m saying that not to pick a fight with him, but to defend country music fans from his award-winning song’s assault on their freedom of individual expression. The title is “Kiss My Country Ass,” and it’s less a song than litany of cynically baiting Red State tropes and cliches.