After announcing that she would be donating a portion of the profits from sales of her new song, a version of Mötley Crüe’s Home Sweet Home, to The Humane Society of the United States, pro-hunting groups came out of the woods to condemn the decision.
We first heard from Rick Story, vice president of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, who called the HSUS a “radical organization that seeks to end hunting and other responsible uses of animals in America.” Now, a new article on American Daily under the category of “Terrorism” is claiming that Underwood and American Idol are directly funding domestic terrorism.
Can these people fall any further down the proverbial rabbit hole?
The article quotes David Martosko, research director for the Center for Consumer Freedom, who says there is a “disturbing underbelly” to animal rights groups and that “detonating bombs, making death threats, and physically assaulting people” is a part of their MO.
In response, Michael Markarian, Executive Vice-President of External Affiars at HSUS, called the Center for Consumer Freedom an” industry front for tobacco, alcohol and agribusiness interests, and its stock-in-trade involves taking aim at organizations that promote food safety, public health, or animal welfare.” He also mentioned the group’s previous attacks on Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their anti-drunk driving and public health campaigns. “CCF’s libelous statements are outrageous, and speak to the disreputable nature of this corporate front group,” Markarian adds. “In fact, it’s not the first time CCF has lied about us. Two years ago the group retracted previous statements they knew to be false and defamatory.”
It’s no surprise that these groups would make such leaps of drama to tie Underwood and American Idol to terrorism. In their bag of tricks, it’s the most sensational way to smear someone. Thankfully, most Americans can see through this smokescreen and laugh off such commentary as desperate and baseless. Rock on, Underwood!