“American Pie” singer Don McLean pulled out of the National Rifle Association annual convention in Houston on Friday, due to the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.
“In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” he said in a statement.
“I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well, McLean continued. “After all, we are all Americans. I share the sorrow for this terrible, cruel loss with the rest of the nation.”
“God Bless The USA” singer Glen Greenwood, “All the Gold in California” singer Larry Gatlin, and country singer Danielle Peck, confirmed they would still be performing at the convention.
Former President Donald Trump confirmed that he would still be speaking at the engagement, however, audience members will not be able to carry guns during his address.
“America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship,” he wrote. “That’s why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America.”
“Hocus Pocus” witch Bette Midler encouraged her Twitter followers to get strapped before showing up at the May 26 convention to stage a protest.
When a Twitter user suggested that “people should show up armed at this conference,” Midler replied that it would be held “at the George R Brown convention center in Houston, Texas, this weekend. Come armed.”
AT THE GEORGE R BROWN CONVENTION CENTER IN HOUSTON TEXAS, THIS WEEKEND. Come armed. https://t.co/QNUJkLGEqh
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 25, 2022