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Reba McEntire: Talking politics ‘not my job’

Reba McEntire says, as a country music star, weighing in on politics just isn’t in her job description.

“That’s not my job,” McEntire told ITK recently when asked about her practice of keeping her lips sealed on political issues.

It’s a rare stance among Hollywood entertainers, who have increasingly weighed in on the happenings in Washington, D.C., amid the Trump era.

{mosads}In October, Taylor Swift broke her career-long silence on politics to throw her support behind former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) in his Senate bid against Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) . The “Delicate” singer’s endorsement wasn’t enough to put Bredesen on top —he lost to Blackburn the next month in the midterm elections.

Other performers have stirred controversy — and faced some backlash — with explicit denunciations of President Trump.  

Last year, rapper Snoop Dogg shot an album cover that showed him standing over Trump’s dead body. In a November Instagram post, the “Gin & Juice” rapper shared a video of himself smoking a blunt outside the White House, saying, “F— the president.”

Some artists have come to Trump’s defense. Kanye West, sporting a “Make America Great Again” hat, engaged in a wild Oval Office meeting with Trump in front of cameras in October.

But 63-year-old McEntire — who performed last week at a funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush in Houston — offered no judgment of celebrities who choose to speak out.

“That’s why it’s so great to live here in the United States of America,” the “Fancy” singer replied when asked about performers who do get political.

“You can vote in and you can say what you want to,” McEntire said, “and you can choose not to say what you want to.”

McEntire’s comments echoed remarks she made in an interview on “The View” last year.

“They have paid their hard-earned money to come in there and fill a seat,” the Grammy Award winner said at the time of concertgoers. “I am there to entertain them,” McEntire insisted. “To take their worries away from them, so when they walk out, they can kind of have a lift in their step and just go, ‘Oh that was such a great break from all the problems I have to deal with during daily life.’”

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