John Schneider Criticized for Offensive Comparison Involving Beyoncé

Radio stations clarify stance amidst recent musical controversy.

by Nouman Rasool
John Schneider Criticized for Offensive Comparison Involving Beyoncé
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John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in "Dukes of Hazzard," has created a scandalous allusion comparing Beyoncé, a great singer, to a dog marking its territory. That analogy was made as 63-year-old Schneider spoke with One American News about the impact of "leftist" musicians on a variety of genres, including the advent of 42-year-old Beyoncé in country music.

The topic came up in the middle of debates concerning the latest country song by Beyoncé, "Texas Hold 'Em," released during the Super Bowl. This song is part of the upcoming eighth studio album by the artist, "Act II," expected to carry with it a heavy country appeal.

The next refused request of a Beyoncé fan to play "Texas Hold 'Em" by Oklahoma's country station 100.1 KYKC instigated a debate amid allegations of racism against the station. Justin, the fan, let his frustration out on social media, blasting Beyoncé fan club, Beyoncé Legion, and urging everyone else to demand the song be played.

Fans, such as attorney Keaton Grant, were not going to put up with that, and the station gave in by saying the song would be put on the air.

SCORE Addresses Diversity Stance

The parent company of KYKC, South Central Oklahoma Radio Enterprises (S.C.O.R.E.), stepped in and further explained the stance the station has when it comes to diversity and the history of playing Beyoncé's music.

A press release issued by the stations followed in which it was claimed that it was not a case of racial bias that had kept "Texas Hold 'Em" off the air, but simply that the radio stations had not been granted access to the track on its release.

However, the likening of Beyoncé to a dog by Schneider seems to have caused much uproar on social media. His fans and critics have not taken it lightly, with some citing the hypocrisy he has showcased through his music when he has been in business because of Black producers.

Others pointed out the roots of country music in Black culture, and called him out for racism in his analogy. The issue has thus opened again the debates on matters of genre inclusivity and the racial dynamics in the music industry.

Thus, the tenterhooks on which this debate on whether Beyoncé is country or not has had her fans and her critics as they watch the happening to get responses to this contentious matter.