Garth Brooks is once again drawing ire from the public for doing a very Garth-like thing. But a viral quote falsely attributed to Hank Williams Jr. is just the latest canard to make the rounds on social media, with major personalities and accounts getting duped into believing it’s real, and rebroadcasting the information far and wide while the truth and any corrections die in darkness.
Garth Brooks recently released a new album called Time Traveler. But to get the album, you have to buy it as part of a bigger CD box set exclusively available at Bass Pro Shops. It’s part of Garth’s “Limited Series,” which has released two other box set collections in the past. This third installment also comes with the albums Man Against Machine (2014), Gunslinger (2016), and Fun (2020), and Triple Live (2018).
Garth’s approach of the release has been widely criticized and lampooned, with numerous people calling him out for trying to pad his sales numbers, while others ask who even still has a CD player, or a Bass Pro store near them. Garth has not made the release available digitally yet, even through his exclusive deal with Amazon Music.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood also recently performed at the memorial service for former First Lady Rosalynn Carter who recently passed away. Garth and Trisha regularly volunteered beside Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter for Habitat for Humanity. Some have chosen to politicize Garth’s appearance at the memorial service.
With Garth goosing social media algorithms and search traffic recently, a quote attributed to Hank Williams Jr. was being shared far and wide in memes and other online media.
“I wouldn’t be caught dead on stage with Garth Brooks,” the quote reads. “Every time he steps out the crowd boos. He had to cancel his Vegas residency over it.” Others are claiming that Hank Jr. canceled an appearance at a “country legends” concert where he was scheduled to appear with Garth.
But of course, none of this is true.
The Hank Jr. quote was clearly made up, and there was no “country legends” concert that both artists were scheduled to perform at. So what is the source for this information?
When called to the mat over sharing the fake quote, some have been citing a website called the Dunning-Kruger Times (not linked here), which clearly states is a satirical fake news site like The Onion, though not as well-known, and frankly, not very good. The site has been the source for numerous bits of viral misinformation over the years since the sarcasm in their stories is rarely evident.
The supposed author of the article where the fake Hank Jr. quote originated from is named “Flagg Eagleton – Patriot.” Many of the people sharing the quote claimed Hank Jr. was going after Garth because Garth had gone “woke.”
Comedian Tom Segura, who is the origination point of the “where are the bodies Garth” meme, shared the info, as did dozens of other major accounts. On Twitter, the “Community Notes” feature has been used to correct the story, but many of the memes quoting Garth are still going viral.
As Risky Whiff recently pointed out, there was a moment at the Sandstone Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas in 1992 when a very drunk Hank Jr. did seem to mock Garth by saying,“Oh Hank Jr. I’d just love to suck your d*ck,” before responding to himself, “I bet you would asshole.” But this was par for the course for drunk Hank Jr. in the early ’90s.
If you know anything about Hank Jr. in 2023, you know someone like Garth Brooks wouldn’t be living rent free in his head. Hank Jr. is more obsessed with Hank Jr. and hanging out in deer blinds these days than instigating online beefs.
But with the way Garth Brooks continues to make himself an easy target, you are likely to continue to see large volumes of online criticism heading his way, and click bait artists exploiting his name.