Courtesy of The Guardian:
If she had been able to vote in the US election, she would have plumped for Donald Trump, she says. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just don’t want bullshit. I would have voted for a feeling that it was transparent. And politics has a reputation of not being that, right?”
This comes from a rather long article all about Shania Twain's career, throat operation, the end of her marriage, etc.
However it was that statement up above that caught the attention of the internet.
And then all hell broke loose.
By the end of the day Twain was walking that remark back as quickly as she could.
I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context (1/4)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018
I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President (2/4)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018
I was trying to explain, in response to a question about the election, that my limited understanding was that the President talked to a portion of America like an accessible person they could relate to, as he was NOT a politician (3/4)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018
I am not going to pile on with everybody else, mostly because Shania Twain was one of the few country artists who did not make me want to shove red hot pokers into my eardrums.My answer was awkward, but certainly should not be taken as representative of my values nor does it mean I endorse him. I make music to bring people together. My path will always be one of inclusivity, as my history shows. (4/4)— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) April 22, 2018
Having said that I just want to add that after reading her ridiculous statement my response is "That Don't Impress me Much."
(Sorry, couldn't resist.)
The takeaway from this is that Donald Trump is without a doubt the most divisive person in the country, and ANYBODY, including once huge stars who made country music palatable, who suggests that they either did or would have supported him should be aware that people will react in a very emotional manner.