Country singer Oliver Anthony, whose song “Rich Men North of Richmond” became a viral hit and was initially praised by leading Conservatives for its anti-establishment message, said he was frustrated that his chart-topper was on a prominent issue has been used the Republican presidential debate this week.
In a YouTube Video On Friday, the Farmville, Virginia-based singer revealed that he doesn’t like it when people “package in politics” his message, which focuses on the lives of people who are who they are, like in the US text from “Rich Men North of Richmond”, “working all day/overtime for bullshit wages.”
“It was funny to see my song at the presidential debate because it’s like I wrote that song about these people. That they have to sit and listen is driving me nuts,” Anthony said.
“This song has nothing to do with Joe Biden. It’s a lot bigger than Joe Biden,” he continued. “This song is written about the people on this stage, and a lot more, not just them, but definitely them.”
The singer also said he’s frustrated that people take his lyrics, like a line about “The Obese Milkin’ Welfare,” as an attack on the poor.
“They send out the message that the first song that got my attention, ‘Rich Men North of Ricmond,’ is an attack on the poor,” he said. “If you listen to my other music, all my other songs that relate to class defend the poor.”
He mentioned another song, “Doggonit”, that has text For example: “Republicans and Democrats, I swear they’re all just full of crap/I’ve never seen a good city that sucks, bureaucrat.”
The surprise mention in the debate is the latest strange chapter in the musician’s sudden rise to fame. after reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the first person to do so without prior chart history.
The singer briefly became a conservative darling when a video of him appeared Performance of “Rich Men North of Richmond” went viral earlier this month and then lost fans on the right when he gave an interview to Fox News and spoke positively about diversity.
“I don’t think our country will last more than another generation as we plan. “We need to get back to the roots of what made this country great in the first place, which is our sense of community,” he said said in the interview. “We are the melting pot of the world. And that’s what makes us strong, our diversity. And we have to learn to take advantage of that and value it and not use it as a political tool to keep everyone away from it.”
The comments sparked outrage across the internet The daily beast has reportedwith right-wing figures accusing Anthony of abandoning the ideals they believed he was singing about in his breakout song.