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Toby Keith is headed to the Middle East to join President Donald Trump on his trip to Saudi Arabia. The country singer will perform at a free, men-only concert Saturday in the capital city of Riyadh alongside Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer, AP reported. Some on Twitter were a bit perplexed by the selection of an musician known for songs like "I Love This Bar," "Drunk Americans" and "I Like Girls That Drink Beer." In Saudi Arabia, alcohol is banned and unrelated men and women are kept separate in public, in accordance with strict Islamic law.

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This ought to be one classy show.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-18 12:31 PM | Reply

Was Weird Al Yankovitch already booked?
With comedian Steven Wright along to lend a note of ambiguity.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-18 12:34 PM | Reply

I didn't think I could think less of Keith but now I have discovered I can.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-18 12:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

This serves as a reminder that the term "---- show" is way overused. We should be more careful not to water it down through overuse. Getting stuck in traffic for 20 minutes is not a "---- show". THIS is a literal ---- Show.

#4 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 12:50 PM | Reply

The Base will lift its collective snout and smell, in that ---- show, something nicer even than Shinola.

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-18 01:01 PM | Reply

Fluffy does a pretty funny bit about being booked & his subsequent trip & show in Saudi Arabia.

He only brought comedians with him that work clean.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-05-18 01:43 PM | Reply

Keith will be performing his own songs, with slight differences in the titles and lyrics to appease Saudi religious sentiments. Here is the tentative setlist:

1. Red Headdress Ring
2. I Love This Mosque
3. Dates For My Camels
4. Allah Love Her
5. Should Have Been A Jihadi
6. Courtesy of the Star and Crescent
7. The Taliban Song
8. Stays In Mecca
9. Niqab Girl
10. Convert And Be Somebody

#7 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-05-18 03:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

I'm trying to figure out how much somebody would have to pay me in order to attend this.

I want to base the number on just the crapness of the event itself: Trump speech. Toby Keith. 100% sober. Saudi crowd and no women.

So I'll assume that I can somehow be instantly teleported from my home to the concert and then back again.

Even with the experience of magic teleportation thrown in, I think I would need a minimum of $3,000 for me to consider attending this.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-18 03:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Welcome to Sausage Fest, starring Toby Keith and his all man band.

First song, "It's Reigning Men!"

#9 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-05-18 03:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

I always get Toby Keith and Boy George confused. Which one sang, 'I'll tumble for you.'

#10 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-18 05:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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#10

That was Tonto.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2017-05-18 05:27 PM | Reply

There was a song made in Toby Keith's honor (and other country singer like him).

Pandering (A Country song) - Bo Burnham

A dirt road, A cold beer
A blue jeans, A red pickup
A rural noun, simple adjective

No shoes, No shirt
No Jews, You didn't hear that
Sort of a mental typo

I walk and talk like a field hand
But the boots I'm wearing cost three grand
I write songs about riding tractors
From the comfort of a private jet

I could sing in mandarin
You'd still know I'm pandering
Hunting deer, chasing trout
A Bud Light with the logo facing out

Hear that subtle mandolin
That's textbook pandering
I own a private ranch that I rarely use
I don't like dirt

[Spoken:]
One verse, one chorus in the bag
Now it's time to talk to the ladies
I am hoping my Southern charm offsets all these ----- vibes I'm putting out

Good girl, In a straw hat
With her arms out in a corn field
That is a scarecrow
Thought that was a human woman, sorry

A cold night, A cold beer
A cold jeans, Strike that last one

I'm wanting you
I hope you're feeling me
Subtextually

We go to bed, you doze off
So I take your country girl clothes off
I put my hands on your body
It feels like hay,
It's a ------- scarecrow again

Like Mike's Evander-ing
---- your ears, I'm pandering
I write songs for the people who do
Jobs in the towns that I'd never move to

Legalize gerrymandering
Tolerate my pandering
You got a beautiful mouth
I got a beautiful

You dumb ------------- want a key change?

Thematically meandering
Emphatically pandering
I got a tight grip on my demo's balls
Say the word "truck" and they ---- in their overalls

You don't know what land you're in
I'm in the land of pandering
And I'll be upfront
I do what I do 'cause I'm a total ------- ------ boy

#12 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-19 07:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I honestly don't know what to think about that song Kudzu. Should I be offended, should I be laughing. I'm just bewildered. I'm sure, if you get all the references, it's probably funny but old ladies don't get most of them.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 08:40 AM | Reply

*shrug* Let Toby Keith, a ridiculous redneck singing redneck songs, make money in Saudi Arabia. Fools and their money...

#14 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-05-19 09:01 AM | Reply

The question is how drunk will Toby be during this performance. He has a problem.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-19 09:22 AM | Reply

"Some on Twitter were a bit perplexed by the selection of an musician known for songs like "I Love This Bar," "Drunk Americans" and "I Like Girls That Drink Beer." In Saudi Arabia, alcohol is banned and unrelated men and women are kept separate in public, in accordance with strict Islamic law."

not just that but his music about patriotism, freedom,and the pro-USA military, etc....that's not stuff the Saudis would appreciate either I would think.

#16 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 09:36 AM | Reply

No, I disagree with most people here. I think this is good. American culture is making inroads in Saudi Arabia.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 10:24 AM | Reply

I remember when the stones preformed in China. They had some of their songs pulled by the government there because it ran counter to "public morality". The Rolling Stones complied. Why do we expect some role model or wisdom from entertainers? They make a living by amusing us. Mr Kieth makes some very amusing songs. Sort of funny, sort of true. With the basic country music formula of nationalism, drinking, hunting and women. I hope he makes a boat load of money. I doubt that he gets converted to Islam. Hey, playing songs in front of an audience is how he makes a living. What you disapprove of is his audience. But the simple fact is men and women do not assemble together publicly in Saudi Arabia, not even in Mosques.

#18 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-19 10:31 AM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY DANNi

it's just a nasty comedy song picking on today's pathetic county music scene (which is the wing-ding scene).

BTW, if you can handle a bit of nasty for a big old hunk of talent and humor, you should check this guy out. His name is Bo Burnham. He has (2) 5-star specials on netflix. He is young but he's an absolute genius.

#19 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-05-19 11:02 AM | Reply

No, I disagree with most people here. I think this is good. American culture is making inroads in Saudi Arabia.
#17 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Most liberals don't like American culture .....

What is interesting is attacking the artist, when its the religion that doesn't allow women to be at the show.

But lets attack the artist ...

#20 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-19 11:31 AM | Reply

>>Most liberals don't like American culture ...

Define American culture?

Cow ---- and pick ups?

Fast food?

Jonathan Franzen?

George RR Martin?

David Crosby?

Paul Newman?

Miley Cyrus?

#21 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-05-19 11:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"But the simple fact is men and women do not assemble together publicly in Saudi Arabia"

Fake news. I have seen pictures of the pilgrimage at Mecca and they assemble together there. Millions of them. Shoulder to shoulder. Without their faces covered too. Reminds me of the time I went to Lawrence, Kansas to check out potential grad schools for a degree in City Management and Urban Policy that I never ended up pursuing. I met a 39 year old hippie/new age woman named Eliza who was into UFOs and Jane Roberts and all sorts of wacked out stuff. She invited me up to her room and I knew I was in business when I saw naked photos of her up on the wall in her living room. I couldn't believe I was in conservative old Kansas.

#22 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-05-19 11:51 AM | Reply

"What is interesting is attacking the artist, when its the religion that doesn't allow women to be at the show.
But lets attack the artist ...
#20 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS"

So if you decided to perform your tranny burlesque show for the KKK, we aren't allowed to criticize you?

#23 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-05-19 11:58 AM | Reply

So if you decided to perform your tranny burlesque show for the KKK, we aren't allowed to criticize you?

Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-05-19 11:58 AM | Reply

giphy.com

#24 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-19 12:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Most liberals don't like American culture ....."

More like most liberals are busy creating the new American culture while conservatives want to return to the American culture of days long past.

#25 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 12:31 PM | Reply

Most liberals don't like American culture

Calling Toby Keith "culture" is like calling Trump humble.

#26 | Posted by 726 at 2017-05-19 12:36 PM | Reply

"Most liberals don't like American culture ....." - #20 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-19 11:31 AM

Whatever American culture is (and a h/t to schifferbrains #21), you are not American culture, nor do you represent it.

#27 | Posted by Hans at 2017-05-19 12:39 PM | Reply

"most liberals don't like American culture..."

well...not this part of American culture, obviously.

and it's not about Toby's music....it's his politics that have their panties in a twist.

just like the Dixie Chicks....they went off on GWB and look at the wrath they got...all of the sudden their music was ----.

they recovered eventually but what drama......

#28 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 12:42 PM | Reply

Calling Toby Keith "culture" is like calling Trump humble."

I think if you really looked at this without the drama, you'd realize that Toby Keith does in fact represent a faction of American culture.

Rural America loves him. They love his support for the troops, he plays at State Fairs for a reasonable fee....you can hate all that as much as you want but he represents a portion of Americans that are not insignificant.

You know....the same people that voted for the guy who WON the last presidential election.

and yes....Toby Keith represents that group of people.

#29 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 12:46 PM | Reply

Most liberals don't like American culture .....

#20 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2017-05-19 11:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

Haha. How many Toby Keither albums do you own?

#30 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-19 01:00 PM | Reply

"How many Toby Keith albums do you own?"

Well, senior year in college when 'Red Solo Cup' came out we used to chant it at the frat house at 1 AM in the morning. Despite extreme levels of intoxication, We were actually quite good. I still get embarrassed thinking about that, but the chicks loved it. It was like a mating call for all the rural sorority girls out there. I still find myself chanting it every now and then, especially when I am feeding my mom's baby chickens out back.

#31 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2017-05-19 01:07 PM | Reply

"and it's not about Toby's music....it's his politics that have their panties in a twist. "

Looking at the ME today I'd have to say the Dixie Chicks were right.

#32 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-19 01:25 PM | Reply

>>and it's not about Toby's music....it's his politics that have their panties in a twist.

I think you're overstating TK's influence on anyone's knickers but his most die hard fans.

He's a country music guy. One of many. So he does the flag thing, and gets the odd truck comercial.

"It's more of a duty to me, and a true honor to perform for your country," he told CNN in April. "Whether I agree or disagree - we've never had a leader in this country that I agreed with across the board on everything they do - because I hate politics. Everybody wants their side to get what they want. It seems like we get divided more and more all the time."

Sounds like a nice guy.

#33 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-05-19 01:40 PM | Reply

"I think you're overstating TK's influence on anyone's knickers"

the first 15 posts of this thread were pretty negative about him.

"Sounds like a nice guy."

I've met him in person once....but that doesn't tell me anything.

He really plays to the rural 'Merica crowd which drives some folks here ------- crazy. They hate him. Hell, they even pretend he isn't an influential person with regard to American culture...which is delusional.

#34 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 02:18 PM | Reply

I bought a truck because of Bob Seger and sold it because of Toby Keith.

#35 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-05-19 02:38 PM | Reply

"the first 15 posts of this thread were pretty negative about him."

That doesn't mean he upsets anyone. I just find the combination of artist/rules/location to be a perfect ---- storm and it is funy to goof on it.

I doubt most Toby Keith fans would want to go to a no-booze, no-women Toby Keith show in Saudi Arabia.

Just like Insanse Clown Possy fans would be less than enthused about an Insane Clown Possy show that is no-meth, no-skanks and held in the parking lot of the state police barracks.

#36 | Posted by Sully at 2017-05-19 02:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

>the combination of artist/rules/location to be a perfect ---- storm and it is funy to goof on it.

Yeah, it's the juxtaposition of Saudi-Arabia, Toby Keith, and then, slightly uncomfortably, all men.

Like Ted Nugent playing Buckingham Palace at High Tea.

#37 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-05-19 03:10 PM | Reply

Toby Keith SUCKS!!!!

#38 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2017-05-19 03:26 PM | Reply

36

I don't disagree with you on that.... it's an odd combination.....Toby Keith and Saudis?

#39 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 03:36 PM | Reply

I bought a truck because of Bob Seger and sold it because of Toby Keith.
#35 |
If only they had played Mellencamp's 'This Is Our Country' a few more times during commercial breaks of sporting events a few years ago, this country wouldn't be such a fractured mess.

#40 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2017-05-19 03:41 PM | Reply

Kid Rock and Ted Nugent were already scheduled to play for the dedication ceremony at the new town hall in the back room of Jeb's double-wide. Besides after all the money they spent on forest camo the last place they want to go is the desert.

#41 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-05-19 05:53 PM | Reply

"and it's not about Toby's music...."

Yes. It is.

Because his music absolutely sucks, regardless of his politics.

Jon Bon Jovi is a fine liberal and his music still sucks.

#42 | Posted by Angrydad at 2017-05-19 05:59 PM | Reply

angry, the people pissing iand moaning about Toby Keith don't care that his music sucks. They are probably indifferent to his music. What they don't like is who he appeals to and who his fan base is.........and who they vote for.

#43 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 06:59 PM | Reply

See 41 for what I mean.

#44 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 07:00 PM | Reply

Yes. It is.

Because his music absolutely sucks, regardless of his politics.

Jon Bon Jovi is a fine liberal and his music still sucks.

#42 | Posted by Angrydad at 2017-05-19 05:59 PM | Reply | Flag

I think Toby Keith's music is awesome.

#45 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-05-19 07:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm so old I remember when Toby Keef was pretending to be a democrat.
He was full of ---- then, and he is full of ---- now.
.... and his music sucks!

#46 | Posted by Aborted_monson at 2017-05-19 07:23 PM | Reply

"Most liberals don't like American culture ....."

more proof of mental atrophy. American culture is liberal culture. The majority of art, music, literature and creativity comes from liberals.

Very few conservaticks make culture in America.

#47 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-05-19 07:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

47

Exactly. And proof for that is that we have Donald Trump for president who ran and won by appealing to racists and rednecks.

And the GOP, party of racist and rednecks, control both houses of Congress.

Is culture narrowed to just the items you mentioned, Kliff?

#48 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 07:31 PM | Reply

www.tamu.edu

#49 | Posted by eberly at 2017-05-19 07:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Is culture narrowed to just the items you mentioned, Kliff?"

No Traditions are also part of culture as are many other things. Eating Turkey on Thanksgiving (my muslim family does this every year and have since I can remember) as an example.

To concede.. a bit. I guess racism is a part of the culture of America. But the racists pretend like it isn't. Very interesting indeed.

#50 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-05-19 10:24 PM | Reply

"Very few conservaticks make culture in America.

The TV show "24" did a good job of making torture okay.

I don't think American culture is particularly liberal.
We've got to the point where we do a good job of saying "we honor your struggle."
But we don't do such a good job at actually alleviating the need to struggle and the many obstacles to overcome.
And we love to trumpet your success if you start poor and end up rich.

It's like keeping our fellow Americans in poverty gives so many more of them a chance to overcome incredible obstacles and live the American Dream to its fullest. Sure, most fail, but a tiny fraction do actually win our Hunger Games!

#51 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-19 10:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"I think Toby Keith's music is awesome."

#45 | Posted by LauraMohr

That comes as no surprise.

#52 | Posted by Angrydad at 2017-05-19 11:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The Saudis must be lightening up on the misogyny. If they truly hated women they would force them to attend.

#53 | Posted by anton at 2017-05-20 02:52 PM | Reply

He'll never smoke weed with Willie again.

#54 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-05-20 03:07 PM | Reply

Somebody please explain to me why "Rural Americans" should have more influence, per capita on the choice of POTUS than coast-dwelling Urban Americans (who have the majority of the population and generate the majority of US GDP).

#55 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-05-20 04:26 PM | Reply

#55 Founders set it up that way, to further their interests.

#56 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-05-20 04:57 PM | Reply

#56 of course, the founders were 1 percenters. Owned human beings and were aghast that the king of England disallowed the conquest of Ohio. Taxation without representation, -------- who did you think was going to pay for the French and Indian war.

Next step, the whiskey rebellion.

#57 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-05-20 05:15 PM | Reply

Made sense in 1789, when the entire country was more than 90% rural and total US population was 5,308,483. Today farm labor is less than 3% of the population of 325,000,000.

Today's 3d visualization, using recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, shows the country's economy based on the relative economic output of each metropolitan area.

The results show how much cities and populous areas really contribute to a country's output, with an impressive 52% of total GDP created in America's 20 top metropolitan areas.

New York City's metropolitan area, which includes Newark and Jersey City, alone makes up $1.5 trillion of economic productivity. That's good for about 10% of the United States' total GDP.

The Greater Los Angeles area was the second largest individual contributor with $866 billion in GDP, and Chicago's metropolitan area adds $610 billion to the U.S. GDP. It turns out Texas is no slouch either, with the Houston and Dallas metro areas combining to produce over $1 trillion in tandem. www.visualcapitalist.com


Makes no sense in 2017.

#58 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-05-20 05:42 PM | Reply

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