Country star Travis Tritt canceling shows at sites with mandates
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Country star Travis Tritt announced on Monday that he is canceling shows at concert venues that require masks, negative COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination.

“I’m putting my money where my mouth is and announcing that any venue or promoter mandating masks, requiring vaccinations, or pushing COVID testing protocols on my fans will not be tolerated,” Tritt said in a statement on his website. “Any show I have booked that discriminates against concert-goers by requiring proof of vaccination, a COVID test, or a mask is being canceled immediately.”

Tritt said in his statement that he apologized for any inconvenience that his announcement may have made but said he supported those who were opposing the mandates. Four shows in Indiana, Mississippi, Illinois and Kentucky were canceled as a result of Tritt’s announcement.

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Tritt’s defense of concert cancellations was repeated in an interview with Fox’s Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonRittenhouse says he's destroying gun used in fatal Kenosha shootings NBA's Enes Kanter: Americans criticizing their country should 'keep their mouth shut' The serious and growing danger of vigilantism MORE on Tuesday.

“This is not about following the science, or trying to look out for the safety of the people there. This is about something else. This is trying to divide people, this is trying to shame people,” Tritt told Carlson. “This is trying to basically discriminate against people that they don't feel are clean enough to be a part of enjoying a concert like that.”

British musician Eric Clapton, who vowed not to perform at venues that would require proof of vaccination, last month seemed to sidestep his own COVID-19 policy after performing at a concert venue that required vaccinations.

Other artists, however, have embraced the requirement, including country singer Jason Isbell.

"For all of our shows, everywhere going forward, we're going to require either a vaccine card or a negative test and we're going to ask everybody to wear masks," Isbell said during an MSNBC interview in August, acknowledging that some might be upset by the announcement.