Toby Keith was one of the few in all of entertainment who would perform for President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January.
He sang in front of Donald and Melania Trump at the “Make America Great Again!” welcome celebration in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
So the fact that Keith will perform in Saudi Arabia this weekend while Trump is there isn’t odd, right?
The “Angry American” singing at a men-only concert in Riyadh isn’t unusual, is it?
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Kansas City Star
(No, FLOTUS wouldn’t be let in.)
Twitter’s response: Who’s that man?
Saudi Arabia adheres to an ultraconservative interpretation of Islamic law, which means alcohol is banned, and men and women who aren’t related are segregated in public.
Which means no beer or whiskey — or red Solo cups — at this event.
“Keith is the author of a jingoistic war anthem called “The Taliban Song,” which he likes to sing on USO tours while flipping off the crowd,” notes Spin.
“He once titled an album Shock’n Y’all. It’s hard to imagine a less appropriate choice of diplomatic representative, short of national village idiots Ted Nugent and Kid Rock.”
Ads for the Saturday event promote it as a night of “Arabian lute and American guitar.” Popular Saudi singer Rabeh Sager will also perform.
According to the Washington Post it’s not clear whether Keith’s performance was designed specifically to coincide with Trump's visit.
And it’s not like Keith will hitch a ride aboard Air Force One. Earlier in the week the White House said Keith would not be traveling with POTUS, the Post reports.
A spokesman for the Saudi Foreign Ministry said the event will mark the end of exams for students.