A guitarist who played with ZZ Top star Billy Gibbons and rose to fame on the show “America’s Got Talent” has reportedly been fired from his gig after posing for a photo wearing a “MAGA” hat and holding “Chick-Fil-A.”
According to Fox News:
“America’s Got Talent” alum Benton Blount abruptly lost his opening-act gig on ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons’ concert tour after his pro-Trump Facebook post got him temporarily banned from the social media website.
Blount was four shows into the seven-show slot when he learned he was kicked off the tour, South Carolina’s Greenville News reported.
The post showed Blount wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and an “I Voted” sticker on Election Day while holding a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and drink. The photo carried the caption, “Someone reading this just got offended multiple times. My work here is done! #Vote.”
“Drove down here (Atlanta) from Greenville, South Carolina to the venue. I get a call from my friend from California who informs me that not only have I been banned from Facebook but as a result from being banned from Facebook I was pulled off of the Billy Gibbons tour, effectively immediately,” Blount said in a Facebook Live video.
While it is unclear if this was the reason for his firing, no other reason was given. Lending one to guess that the photo probably had something to do with his termination of employment.