Oliver Anthony instantly went from unknown to the biggest name in music just last week.
Oliver’s music is speaking to disgruntled Americans from coast to coast.
But now The Office’s Rainn Wilson is attacking Anthony – and getting owned by the musician’s fans in the process.
The radical Left no longer has a stranglehold on popular music.
With each passing week, it seems, a new musician is bursting on the scene with a new song that is catching the imagination of the right.
Two years ago, former Staind frontman Aaron Lewis moved conservatives from coast-to-coast with his massive hit Am I the Only One.
Since then, John Rich, Danny Gokey, Kid Rock and other singers have released pro-America music.
Tom MacDonald has earned a reputation as one of the top rappers in the country with his anti-woke raps.
And new stars like Struggle Jennings and Caitlyn Curtis have burst onto the scene with powerful ballads about traditional family values.
But the previously unknown Oliver Anthony has, perhaps, eclipsed all of them.
As many Americans will be well aware, Anthony released his hit independent song, Rich Men North of Richmond, earlier this month.
Rich Men North of Richmond has been uploaded to all major streaming platforms and will show up there in a few days.
Im still in a state of shock at the outpouring of love I've seen in the comments, messages and emails. I'm working to respond to everyone as quickly as possible. pic.twitter.com/iScaYp9AWQ
— Oliver Anthony (@AintGottaDollar) August 11, 2023
The “rich men” in the song is symbolic of the elites making all the policy decisions in the United States.
And “north of Richmond” would be NOVA, or Northern Virginia – an area just outside of Washington D.C. where most of those elites live.
In a matter of just days, it shot up the charts and hit number one on iTunes.
The song is being called an ode to the struggles of middle-class working Americans.
And that fact has leftists losing their collective minds.
Wilson took to Twitter to criticize the lyrics and message of the song.
If I were writing a song about “rich men north of richmond” I wouldnt talk about obese people on welfare, I’d sing about CEOs who make 400 times their average workers salary (up from 50 times 30 years ago) & corps that pay zero taxes & offshore tax shelters for billionaires.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) August 20, 2023
Actor Rainn Wilson believes he knows better the struggles of the working man in the United States.
“If I were writing a song about ‘rich men north of Richmond’ I wouldn’t talk about obese people on welfare,” Wilson tweeted. “I’d sing about CEOs who make 400-times their average workers (sic) salary — up from 50 times 30 years ago — and corps that pay zero taxes and offshore tax shelters for billionaires.”
To be clear, Wilson didn’t tweet anything necessarily incorrect – and nothing in Anthony’s song would argue against that.
However, it’s clear his vision of populism is one-sided and biased.
Wilson ignores that Anthony sings powerfully about “people on the street with nothing to eat.”
The actor who hasn’t been able to successfully follow up on his side-character role in The Office doesn’t want any criticism for Democrat voters.
Twitter raked Wilson over the coals for his attack on Antony and his hit song.
One user perfectly summarized how many felt about Wilson’s out-of-touch tweet.
“But you didn’t write it. You played a parody character of a Pennsylvania farmer turned office worker,” tweeted retired brick mason and forklift operator Joey Jones. “You did a fantastic job exploiting a very real simple/humble upbringing as well as the rat race of middle class white collar workers. You did such a good job making fun of their existence it made you a multimillionaire.”
But you didn’t write it. You played a parody character of a Pennsylvania farmer turned office worker. You did a fantastic job exploiting a very real simple/humble upbringing as well as the rat race of middle class white collar workers. You did such a good job making fun of their… https://t.co/klHuMf0n5K
— Joey Jones (@Johnny_Joey) August 21, 2023
In The Office, Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute – a beat-farming hobbyist in rural Pennsylvania.
Wilson portrayed Schrute as a bumbling rube with severe social awkwardness.
Perhaps Wilson should focus on improving his acting chops instead of trying to tell the number one artist on iTunes how to write better songs.
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