Florida Georgia Line Fully Explain Police ‘Misunderstanding’
Florida Georgia Line say events that led to them being labeled as “anti-police” were a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion. In a note to fans on Instagram, the duo explain they simply didn’t need additional security.
The note begins by restating how supportive of police they are. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard go on to explain how many touring acts turn down help from local law enforcement because they have their own security or because a promoter provides it. They end by expressing how they love all people, and “want to be a part of the change that is needed right now.”
“We encourage everyone to do the same. Let’s love one another.”
Controversy began when people interpreted a request to not allow law enforcement backstage at back-to-back shows in Wisconsin and Iowa as a sign of disrespect. The band responded with a short note on Twitter, and Country Thunder Wisconsin shared that reports on social media were not true. Neither provided more detail, and speculation continued to run wild. One day later Kelley and Hubbard commented once again:
"There is nothing more to this story beyond our team feeling that it would be redundant for us to use local authorities when we were already covered," FGL's post says. A sampling of their fans that responded on Instagram was mixed with supporters and skeptics.
Florida Georgia Line's next concert is Thursday in Billings, Mont. They'll release their third studio album Dig Your Roots on Aug. 26.
Watch: Details on What Led to This Controversy
See 10 Notorious Country Music Feuds