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This story originated on a self-described satire website. We found no evidence that country music star Luke Bryan removed his videos from Country Music Television to show support for Jason Aldean.
CMT told journalists it had pulled Aldean’s "Try That in a Small Town" music video from rotation.
Social media remains abuzz over CMT’s decision to stop playing Jason Aldean’s "Try That in a Small Town" music video. But you shouldn’t believe every headline you read.
"Luke Bryan pulls his videos from CMT: ‘Time for the Bud Light treatment,’" read the headline in a screenshot shared in a July 21 Facebook post.
This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
(Screenshot from Facebook.)
This claim about Luke Bryan originated from a satirical website, but it’s being shared across social media without context that conveys the claims were fake and humorous.
For example, the Facebook screenshot claimed country music star and television personality Luke Bryan told CMT’s "Executive Vice President Joe Barron, ‘Until you reinstate Jason’s video and issue him a formal apology, you get nothing from my label.’"
When PolitiFact looked into this detail, the story began unraveling. We found no evidence that a person named Joe Barron is CMT’s "executive vice president."
The story about Bryan and Barron traces back to an article on The Dunning-Kruger Times, which describes itself as "a subsidiary of the ‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery." It includes the following disclaimer: "Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real."
Parts of the article that weren’t captured in the screenshot are more obviously satirical. For example, it cites "the people whose adrenaline levels doubled" after watching Aldean’s music video and later jokes about a 1,400-acre estate outside of Nashville that Aldean once owned, saying the property was "basically the size of a small town."
Another article published on the site Uplifting Today also drove claims about Bryan clashing with CMT over the Aldean controversy. Besides claiming that Bryan removed his videos from the network, the article suggested President Joe Biden canceled his CMT subscription and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus was "working on a sequel to ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ called ‘Achy Breaky Cart’ about a dangerous run-in at a rural Walmart." Readers might be forgiven for missing teeny, tiny text at the bottom of the story saying it’s on a global parody website.
PolitiFact reached out to Bryan’s agent and publicity contacts but did not hear back in time of publication. A CMT spokesperson confirmed Bryan had not pulled his videos from CMT.
Facebook posts claimed, "Luke Bryan pulls his videos from CMT: ‘Time for the Bud Light treatment.’"
This originated on a satire website, but has been shared without the context that showed it was a joke.
We rate claims that don’t include a satire disclaimer False.
Facebook post, July 21, 2023
Lead Stories, Fact Check: Luke Bryan Did NOT Pull His Videos From CMT And Say It's 'Time For The Bud Light Treatment,' July 21, 2023
The Dunning-Kruger Times, Luke Bryan Pulls His Videos From CMT: "Time For The Bud Light Treatment," accessed July 24, 2023
Uplifting Today, Luke Bryan pulls his videos from CMT over Jason Aldean debacle: "Folks, it’s time for the Bud Light treatment," July 21, 2023
Recording Academy, CMT Senior VP Of Music Strategy Leslie Fram On Finding Comfort In Music & TV In Unprecedented Times, Aug. 6, 2020
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Snopes, Did Luke Bryan Pull His Videos From CMT? July 21, 2023
The Associated Press, Claim that Luke Bryan pulled his videos from CMT originated as satire, July 24, 2023
Emailed statement from a spokesperson for CMT, July 24, 2023
TikTok post, accessed July 24, 2023
Country Chord, Luke Bryan Dedicates Song To Jason Aldean During Concert Amidst "Try That In A Small Town" Controversy, July 21, 2023
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