Beyoncé had the country music world riled up before and after her performance on Wednesday night’s Country Music Awards. Of course Bey and the Dixie Chicks brought the house down, but you can’t tell that to the haters. Fans of the singer did notice one thing after the performance, there was no trace of Beyonce on the Country Music Association’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Everything was removed.
Most people figured the CMA was bowing down to their racist fanbase, but in a New York Times interview, a spoke
“Beyoncé’s team hadn’t approved that, so we pulled it down,” Sarah Trahern, the chief executive of CMA, said of the video footage teasing Beyonce’s performance. “Fans can get kind of passionate and read other things into it.”
Trahern went on to say that Beyonce provided her own documentarian, and photographer to curate her photos, and videos, and the only approved video was posted on ABC.com She went on to say that photos are available at Beyonce.com — an alternate version of “Daddy Lessons” is posted online — “If we all turn this up really loud, together we can drown out the hate,” the Dixie Chicks tweeted — as well as a stand-alone video for the song from her “Lemonade” film.)
“We stand by it,” Trahern said of Beyoncé’s performance. “If a program moves people so much one way or another, I think we’ve had a successful show.”
“We believe in free speech and people can post what they’re going to post,” she added. “It’s about the music, not about politics.”