Travis Tritt sounds off on “vile, insulting, cruel” magazine cover Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP
Travis Tritt performs during CROCK FEST at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

In the wake of Houston’s historic flooding, Travis Tritt is sounding off on Twitter. The veteran country music singer posted an image of this week’s cover of French publication Charlie Hebdo, boasting a shocking cover cartoon and headline that, when translated to English reads, “God exists! He drowned all the neo Nazis of Texas.”

Horrified by both the sentiment and the image bearing Nazi flags and appendages sticking up out of the water, Travis tweeted, “I will never understand why anyone would print such a vile, insulting, cruel and hateful cartoon. Sickening!”

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His post quickly elicited more than 100 comments, with Travis himself replying to many of them. As others began responding in agreement with his tweet, Travis continued the conversation later, tweeting in response to fans, “This kind of hate should be denounced by every race, religion and political affiliation … I’m gonna keep praying … for the victims and horrible people who would print such despicable trash against folk they don’t know.”

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It was just two-and-a-half years ago, in January 2015, when terrorists invaded the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris and tragically massacred much of the satirical magazine’s staff, including its cartoonists. The world mourned the loss of life and the shocking attack. Now, it seems the publication itself is once again in the spotlight. This time, with little sympathy from Americans, who have rallied around Texans in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Lindsay Williams is a freelance writer based in Nashville, where she’s spent more than a decade writing about music. A graduate of Samford University, her work has been published in a variety of regional and national media outlets.
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