Oliver Anthony Aggravated by Conservative Politicans

Oliver Anthony is bored with right-wing figures utilizing his viral No. 1 hit, “Wealthy Males North of Richmond,” to advance their political narratives. After the tune was used because the opening speaking level through the Republican presidential debate on Wednesday, the nation singer posted a video on his YouTube channel clarifying that “these folks” on stage have been the wealthy males he was truly singing about.

Within the video, Anthony claims his tune wasn’t meant to push a political viewpoint. “The one factor that has bothered me is seeing folks wrap politics up into this,” Anthony stated. “I’m disenchanted to see — like, it’s aggravating seeing folks on conservative information attempt to establish with me, like I’m one in all them. It’s aggravating seeing sure musicians and politicians act like we’re buddies and act like we’re preventing the identical battle right here, like we’re making an attempt to current the identical message.”

He continued by addressing how “Wealthy Males” was dragged into the talk. “It was humorous seeing my tune on the presidential debate,” Anthony stated. “As a result of it’s like, I wrote that tune about these folks, you understand? So for them to have to sit down there and take heed to that, that cracks me up. However it was humorous kinda seeing the response to it. That tune has nothing to do with Joe Biden! It’s rather a lot greater than Joe Biden. That tune was written in regards to the folks on that stage, and much more, too — not simply them, however undoubtedly them.”

Anthony added, “It’s arduous to get a message out about your political ideology or your perception in regards to the world in three minutes and a few change. However I do hate to see that tune being weaponized. Like, I see the correct making an attempt to characterize me as one in all their very own, and I see the left making an attempt to discredit me, I suppose, in retaliation. That shit’s gotta cease.”

Elsewhere within the video, Anthony addressed criticism from “the left” for his “Wealthy Males” lyrics about “the overweight milkin’ welfare” and utilizing tax {dollars} to purchase Fudge Rounds. “If you happen to take heed to my different music, it’s apparent that each one of my songs that reference class defend the poor,” he stated. “‘Doggon It’ is an efficient instance of that: ‘Needles on the street, people hardly surviving on sidewalks/ Subsequent to highways stuffed with automobiles, self-drivin’/ The poor maintain hurtin’, and the wealthy maintain thrivin.’ That’s what I wish to sing about.”

He went on to say that the tune’s message is meant to handle “the inefficiencies of the federal government due to the politicians inside it which might be engulfed in bribes and extortion” earlier than referencing an article about youngsters in Richmond who’re going hungry as a result of there’s not sufficient meals at house and faculty is out for the summer time. Anthony then cited statistics about “30 or 40 p.c” of EBT cash being spent on snack meals and soda.

“Welfare solely makes up a small proportion of our price range, you understand? We will gasoline a proxy struggle in a overseas land, however we are able to’t care for our personal,” he stated. “That’s all of the tune’s making an attempt to say. It’s simply saying the federal government takes people who find themselves needy and dependent and makes them needy and dependent.”

Earlier this week, Anthony sat down for an interview with Fox & Friends, throughout which he pissed off a complete bunch of conservatives by advocating for range as an alternative of being racist. “We’re the melting pot of the world, and that’s what makes us sturdy is our range,” he stated. “And we have to be taught to harness that and respect it and never use it as a political software to maintain everybody separate from one another.”

In a earlier YouTube video, he claimed to “sit fairly useless heart down the aisle on politics.” So, it looks as if Anthony has been constant about his obvious lack of political leanings, however no one was making an attempt to listen to it.