Charlie Daniels, while watching the College Football National Championship game last week, got wind of Taco Bell’s newest ad campaign comparing those who know the truth about its dollar menu to the Illuminati (secret societies that date back to America’s founding).
That dollar menu’s pretty tight, but the ad campaign itself is mostly forgettable.
Unless you’re country music legend and former Chatham County resident Charlie Daniels, who took to Twitter moments after the ad to give Taco Bell a stern warning:
The tweet went viral for Daniels, who has a respectable 665,000 followers on Twitter, but averages anywhere from 20 to 100 retweets per post — the Illuminati tweet got 15,000 retweets and 43,000 likes. It was also reported on by several media outlets for the sheer comedy of an old man raising his fists at the clouds.
It also sparked some pretty great replies on Twitter.
This wasn’t the first time Daniels has come off as bonkers on social media or on his web site, where he has a “Soap Box” page that’s mostly hard-right political rants. He once wrote, “In the future, Darwinism will be looked upon as we now look upon the flat earth theory.”
And on Twitter, he’s fired off several rounds of skepticism at global warming in recent weeks.
And that’s what this post was originally going to be about — the nutty things a famous man has said on a social media platform that celebrates nutty things said by famous people. But as I scanned Charlie Daniels’ Twitter page looking for kooky gems — and there are plenty — I began to notice something else.
He’s a damned good Twitter follow.
First off, he posts a lot. A lot, a lot. A lot of it is unabashed support for President Trump and deep-seeded content for the Hillarys, Obamas and Pelosis of the world.
And he’ll give you a lot of out-of-left-field thoughts on various things like the “Fake News Media” and current events.
But he’s worth a follow for the other half of his content, which is full of country music history and photos of him performing with legends. Like him or not, you can’t deny Charlie Daniels made it in Nashville, and he comes off as both humble and grateful when he writes about or shares memories of his success.
Just look at this.
There’s much more on his feed. Follow him, regardless of your political views.
And about that. This post was originally going to be a “let’s have a good laugh at the old man posting crazy things” thing, but that would have been easy and lazy. Besides, we’ll save those for our local politicians.
“The devil went down to Georgia” is a damn fine song, and Charlie Daniels earned his 665,000 followers. He can spread any “the Earth is 3,000 years old” or “fake news” propaganda he wants. You choosing to follow him doesn’t mean you have to agree. Hell, challenge him. Send him science. Ask him about shithole countries.
If I’ve learned anything, it’s that Charlie Daniels is not a frivolous subject.