Jason Aldean is doubling down in his stance on the state of the country more than a month after vowing to “never apologize” for his sociopolitical beliefs while defending his wife against internet attacks.
The country star recently appeared on Audacy’s “Rob + Holly” and said he isn’t at all afraid about being an internet target or being canceled.
“I think people know where I stand politically. I’m not a guy that’s just going to go out there and start trying to stir the pot just to stir the pot,” Aldean told the program. “At some point, it’s gotten to where if you’re a conservative and you’re in this business, you’re not allowed to speak.”
While the musician said he has “a lot of friends in this business” who think the way he does, Aldean said many “are really scared to stand up and say anything for fear of backlash.”
The four-time Grammy nominee went on to explain that he also struggles to sleep if he personally feels a belief in something but doesn’t speak up.
“To me, it’s hard for [me] to go lay my head down at night with a clear conscience, feeling like I’m a coward for not saying the things that I want to say or I feel like need to be said.”
Aldean defended his wife at the time when he shared an “unapologetic” response to those who criticized her disapproval of Biden.
“I will never apologize for my beliefs or my love for my family and country,” the country star captioned a photo of himself as a silhouette in the foreground of the American flag. “This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way.”
Aldean maintained in his appearance on “Rob + Holly” that he doesn’t expect everyone to agree with his views – it’s simply his opinion.
“People are going to have their opinion about whatever I say or think or whatever and that’s completely fine,” he said. “You don’t have to agree with me, I don’t expect everybody to agree with me, but I also have a voice and opinion just like everybody else.”