A country singer has written a song in protest of the NFL #TakeAKnee protests, entitled “Take A Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take A Knee).”
Neal McCoy debuted his song to a live audience for the first time last week, and also streamed the performance on Facebook Live, Buzzfeed reports. It has now racked up almost 4 million views.
Here’s the chorus:
“When I see somebody on TV
Take their stand on bended knee
Whether it’s on astro turf or grass
I think of those whose freedom was not free
I say, ‘Take a knee? My ass!'”
While many of his supporters have been brought to tears by his latest display of patriotism, the… er, unusual grammatical format and length of the title has made the already-controversial nature of the song an easy target for critics.
For example, are both the comma AND the parentheses really necessary?
Deplorable’s Hot Jams…
– Take A Knee, My Ass ( I Won’t Take A Knee)
– Take A Shower, My Ass ( I Won’t Take A Shower)
– Brush My Teeth, My Ass ( I Won’t Brush My Teeth)
– Read A Book, My Ass ( I Won’t Read A Book)
– Marry My Sister ( I Will Marry My Sister)
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) November 17, 2017
Does the comma suggest that he is, in fact, addressing his ass and telling it to take a knee?
Take a knee, my ass pic.twitter.com/OPS6d5FDKe
— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) November 18, 2017
ME: Take a knee, my ass.
ASS: I WON'T take a knee.
(awkward silence) https://t.co/4BDwHNFpYb
— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) November 17, 2017
Others can’t help but be amused by the profane title.
OK no one tell him how gay this sounds pic.twitter.com/CBBcBPQI8i
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) November 17, 2017
Can't wait to dance to Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won't Take a Knee) at my daughter's wedding
— Sarah Hagi (@geekylonglegs) November 18, 2017
Under no circumstances do I recommend listening to this song — even from an objective, country music appreciation perspective — but if you must, well, here.