America's Got Talent alum says he has been fired from the tour of ZZ Top guitarist for wearing a MAGA hat
Former America's Got Talent participant Benton Blount claims he was fired as the opening act for the concert tour of ZZ Top-guitarist Billy Gibbons, because he placed a picture of himself with a make-up hat from America.
Blount, who appeared in season 10 of the NBC competition in 2015, posed in the MAGA hat and held a meal of Chick Fil A while on his Tuesday & # 39; I voted & # 39; sticker showed.
The resident from South Carolina shared the picture on Facebook with the caption: "Someone who reads this has been offended several times. My work here is done! #Votes. & # 39;
As a result, Blount claims that he was kicked off the tour after performing in four of the seven scheduled shows.
Musician Benton Blunt, 38, claims to have been dismissed as opening act for the concert tour of ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons after he had posted the picture above wearing a Make America Great Again hat and a Voted & # 39 ; sticker while holding a Chick Fil A meal on Tuesday. In the caption he wrote: & # 39; Someone who reads this has been offended several times. My work here is done! # Voting & # 39;
Blount said he had come to Atlanta on Wednesday for a concert and told Billy Gibbons representatives that he would no longer perform on the tour after playing four of the seven scheduled shows. Blount and Gibbons are depicted together
& # 39; I drove here [to Atlanta] from Greenville, South Carolina to the location. I receive a call from my friend from California who informs me that I have not only been banned from Facebook, but that I was taken off the Billy Gibbons tour as a result of Facebook being banished, effectively immediately, & Blof on a Facebook page Live video.
The post was removed for violating community standards & # 39; from Facebook and the musician was banned from the social media site for 24 hours, he said.
In the video title Blount wrote sarcastically: "But suppression of the conservative opinion does not happen and it has no effect [sic] your career! & # 39;
Blount announced that he was removed from the tour on Wednesday in a Facebook Live video. & # 39; I drove here [to Atlanta] from Greenville, South Carolina to the location. I receive a call from my California friend who informs me that not only I am banned from Facebook, but that I was removed from the Billy Gibbons tour as a result of Facebook's banishment, effectively immediately, "he said. .
In a response to Greenville News on Thursday, Blount said he received the news from the Gibbons management team, but the couple never spoke personally about the case.
The 38-year-old also said that he often shares politically-charged messages on his social media pages, which contain various reports in which President Trump and Republicans and others who criticize Democrats and left are praised.
& # 39; I thought it would be good for me to post that I voted. I thought it would be good to say who I supported, & # 39; Blount said.
& # 39; I had a MAGA hat on it. For that reason, and for that reason alone, my career is silent for a week. & # 39;
Apart from this incident, Blount says that he remains open-hearted about his political convictions.
& # 39; No matter how cool this tour is, I'm not going to start posting a photo of me because someone would realize that I voted for someone they did not like, "he said on Facebook.
Blount said no reason was given for his removal from the tour.
Representatives for Gibbons have not sent back requests for comment from DailyMail.com and other sales outlets.
Blount competed in season 10 of America's Got Talent in 2015. He is pictured on the show