NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — The CMA Fest is banning all imagery of the Confederate flag during its four-day festival, following similar bans at other country music festivals.
In a statement provided to The Tennessean, the Country Music Association said the decision to adopt the policy this year was based on the personal safety of fans and to prevent discrimination.
“This year’s CMA Fest is our first major fan event in nearly three years. We have always had policies in place that protect the safety of our fans and prohibit discrimination, but we felt it was important to further refine our language to explicitly define what will and will not be tolerated.” communicated.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual festival that began in 1972 returns to Nashville, Tennessee, starting June 9. The festival regularly attracts around 50,000 country music fans.
Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif., banned Confederate flag imagery and other “symbols of division” and “racially denigrating” displays this year.
Country star Maren Morris has urged other country singers to call on festivals and shows to ban the flag. Luke Combs also apologized for previously appearing with the Confederate flag, saying there was no excuse.
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