Unlike most people in the entertainment industry, Toby Kieth realizes that he’s not a politician and isn’t capable of solving all the world’s problems.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times published Wednesday, Keith was asked about “justifying gun rights in a world beset by mass shootings” and stopped the interviewer before he could really get going.
“That’s one of those topics — and I’m not dodging the question — it’s one of those things we live with every day,” Keith responded. “It’s like one of the biggest struggles that I have on abortion is abortion. In my heart I don’t like it. But in my mind I agree with a lot of the situations where it should be. I understand [the well-being of] the mother. And somebody says, ‘Hey, a 12-year-old got raped by a convict — you want her to carry that baby?’ It’s such a big, gray world, and with those issues like that — I know how I feel inside, but I don’t know how to fix none of them. I’m not that guy.”
Sure, Keith could easily speak out and let his voice be heard on a variety of issues. But he realizes that he has fans with various opinions who love him for the music he makes — not his political commentary.
“That’s a losing battle,” Keith declared. “You’re never gonna reach enough people in any interview to avoid being misrepresented.”
If only more entertainers had the same mindset, their fans would be spared of a whole lot of unnecessary political discourse.