Reba McEntire responded after being announced as attending an upcoming fundraiser for South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, telling fans on Instagram on Friday June 11 that she never planned to be a part of the event. “Last night an invitation to a political fundraiser with my name was sent without my knowledge with our permission,” the singer wrote in a post she shared on Instagram without a caption. She also posted the same statement on Twitter.
“I had and do not intend to attend this event and I had informed the organizers as such,” she continued. “Throughout my career I have said that I am not in politics and that remains true today.” A flyer for Noem’s BBQ fundraiser shared by reporter Stephen Sanchez lists Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, Montana Senator Steve Daines, Montana Congressman Matt Rosendale, actor Red Steagall and McEntire in as special guests of the event, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 13 at a ranch in Montana. Tickets cost $ 500 per person and $ 1,000 per couple with $ 8,000 per couple, ask the host committee.
Noem, a Republican, has been governor of South Dakota since January 2019 and was elected ally of former President Donald Trump. During the pandemic, she did not implement face mask warrants in her state and encouraged large gatherings without social distancing or masks. She backed the Trump administration’s false allegations of electoral fraud in the 2020 presidential election and signed several conservative pieces of legislation, including bills restricting abortion and a bill banning transgender athletes from playing. on or against women’s school and college sports teams.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will be attending a BBQ fundraiser this Sunday in Montana, according to an invitation I got. Country music legend Reba McEntire is listed as a special guest. pic.twitter.com/g9L8TxLX2A
– Stephen Sanchez (@SSanchezTV) June 10, 2021
During an appearance on View in 2017, McEntire explained her decision not to talk about politics, sharing that she believes her job description as an artist does not include her giving her political opinions. “I understand it this way: they paid their hard-earned money to get in there and take a seat – park, buy something at the concession stand, eat before the concert – I’m here to entertain them, to take their seat. worries away from them, so when they go out they can kind of have a bit of a lift in their step and [go], ‘Aw, that was such a lovely break from all the issues I have to face in everyday life, “she said.” So I’m not going to give them my political views. This is not my place. “
“It’s my job to entertain,” she added. “It shouldn’t be my platform to be on stage and give my political opinions.”