"I have always been disgusted by Toby Keith. I don't listen to country music on purpose, but I hear it now and then, and with songs titles like: "Who's Your Daddy?", "A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action", I knew he was a disgusting pig.
While flipping channels a few days ago, I saw that the Country Music Awards had nominated one of his videos for best video, "A Little Too Late". The clip I saw was of a woman who appeared to be tied to a chair, while Toby intimidated her. I looked up the video on YouTube, and it is SHOCKING.
The basic idea is that he ties his girlfriend to a chair and locks her in the basement. He comes down, and gets in her face, gives the impression that he is going to hit her with a shovel, drown her, or bury her in cement. Then we find out that, no, he is actually going to build a brick wall around her so she is trapped. All the while she is acting afraid of him. Then at the end of the video, we realize that silly Toby actually built the wall around himself, and he is the one who is stuck. Isn't that just hilarious? Doesn't that redeem his terrible message? NO. And, to top it off, once the girlfriend realizes this and escapes, he yells things to her like, "You know I didn't mean to hurt you," "You know my temper."
It is NOT funny to make a joke out of violence against women, which is exactly what he was doing. One website called it, "an imaginative video by award winning director." If by imaginative they mean violent, misogynistic, and wildly disrespectful to women and survivors of domestic abuse. The fact that the CMT awards actually nominated him for best video is the most disturbing fact of all. I am SO disgusted."
Well said, Lyndsay. Domestic violence is never funny, and Toby Keith should absolutely not be rewarded for his misogynistic video. And one of the worst things is, if you look at the YouTube comments practically all 48 of them are about how funny they think this video is! And, the CMT award for which Keith is nominated was voted on by his fans! If you would like to post a message on the CMT Awards web site telling them that this video should not be recognized by the CMT Network, click here. Oh, and here is the offending video: