Country Singer Criticizes Protests With Ineptly Named Ditty, ‘Take a Knee, My Ass’

Neal McCoy performs on Feb. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts)
Neal McCoy performs on Feb. 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts)

First of all, what a dumb song title. I don’t even understand it. But then, I don’t understand the sentiment behind it, either (and they say country music is just “simple tales”). Pfffft.


Recently, country music singer Neal McCoy released a song called “Take a Knee, My Ass” on Facebook Live, a pointed dig at those who choose to exercise their constitutional right to protest inequality and racial injustice during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

McCoy’s video, taped in that multicultural utopia of Branson, Mo., has been viewed 3.8 million times on Facebook and is also the No. 1 digital country-music-song download on, according to the Longview News-Journal.

But McCoy says he doesn’t do it for the money.

“I’ve been on 15 USO tours,” McCoy told WCMH-TV. “I’ve entertained our troops in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and all over the world. So, no, this is not a money grab. This is a guy that believes in our country, that does not like people kneeling, not standing with their hands over their hearts, for the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem. That’s what I’m about.”

McCoy also recently took aim at the GQ cover naming former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick Citizen of the Year, saying he doesn’t like the way that guy is protesting:

Now, I didn’t read the article, I saw it when I was driving, I understand they’re probably going to say he’s done a lot for Civil Rights and everything, and maybe he has. Maybe whatever he was trying to do, with civil unrest, maybe African Americans being treated wrong, or not equally, and some of that’s right. Maybe that’s what he was trying to do. But, taking a knee during the National Anthem at a professional NFL game is not the way to do it.


As of Tuesday, the East Texas zealot has said the Pledge of Allegiance on social media for 677 consecutive days.


But Twitter, being that black hole of classic clapbacks, had a few words for McCoy’s “ass,” too:


Of course the racists “patriots” came out, too. But they’re not as funny.


Michael Harriot

I don’t see what the problem is. He wants to put a knee up his asshole. That’s what he song means, right?

I remember the hit song that came out after the 1968 Olympics: “Put a black fist up, my ass”

It sounds painful, but I’m not here to judge.