Illinois Cancels Country Rock Band From State Fair Over Logo with Confederate Flag
The administration of Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has canceled the county rock band Confederate Railroad from appearing in the DuQuoin State Fair next month because of the use of the Confederate flag in its logo.
A Pritzker spokeswoman said, "This administration’s guiding principle is that the state of Illinois will not use state resources to promote symbols of racism. Symbols of hate cannot and will not represent the values of the Land of Lincoln." The band's logo features two Confederate flags waving from a steam engine.
Frontman Danny Shirley called the news "very disappointing," while another band that's appearing at the state fair,Shenandoah, said, "This 'political correctness' has to stop. It’s tearing our country apart."
Republican state Rep. Terri Bryant met with top Pritzker aides this week about the issue, and pointed out to them that Snoop Dogg, who's appearing at a different state fair in Springfield, is promoting his new album, "Make America Crip Again," that has a cover that shows the rapper standing over a corpse toe-tagged with President Trump's name. Bryant said, "If you’re going to censor Confederate Railroad because it’s offensive to people, then censor the other entertainer with the depiction of a dead president that many people here love."