Have Parrotheads been duped by Jimmy Buffett for all of the years? AP Photo/Chris O'Meara
Singer Jimmy Buffett performs during campaign event in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Parrotheads, also know as Jimmy Buffett fans, have been left scratching their heads after a New York Times article exposed that is not really living a laid back lifestyle of leisure.

Buffett’s outing as a “well-preserved businessman who is leveraging the Jimmy Buffett” came when the NYT did a deep dive into his new musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” in which he insisted the star, Paul Alexander Nolan, a Canadian, get a tan to preserve the Buffett brand.

“He could do the laid-back thing well; his singing is strong and contemporary. But there is a fatal flaw about him: He wasn’t tan,” the publication reported.

The publication continued, “Jimmy Buffett is not really Jimmy Buffett anymore. He hasn’t been for a while. Jimmy Buffett — the nibbling on sponge cake, watching the sun bake, getting drunk and screwing, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere Jimmy Buffett — has been replaced with a well-preserved businessman who is leveraging the Jimmy Buffett of yore in order to keep the Jimmy Buffett of now in the manner to which the old Jimmy Buffett never dreamed he could become accustomed.”

They added, “The more successful you become at selling the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle, the less you are seen as believably living the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.”

The article described his transition from humble beginnings all the way to the full fledged businessman he is today and left Parrotheads scratching their heads.

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“How do you maintain a brand that is about being chill when it is maybe the least chill thing in the world?” the publication questioned, and so do we.

Fans took to Twitter quickly to drag the entire idea of a “Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle” and the paradox the singer has seemed to create.

We don’t know about you but we’d still like to share a maragarita or two with him! Oh wait….

He cut back on margaritas. “I don’t do sugar anymore,” he said told the NYT. “No sugar and no carbs. Except on Sunday.”

Oh yeah, you can forget about pot, too. He now only “vapes oils” and “only sometimes after work.”


Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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