Oliver Anthony Reacts To GOP Debate Question Over Viral Hit

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Oliver Anthony and his #1 song were mentioned during the GOP Debate. How did he react to “Rich Men North of Richmond” being part of the political discourse? Keep reading to find out what he had to say – it might surprise you.

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No one is more shocked about Oliver Anthony’s overnight success than Oliver Anthony. He’s had quite a mixed reaction to his newfound fame. Shortly after his rendition of “Rich Men North of Richmond” hit 1 million views on YouTube, he took to Facebook to share some thoughts about the situation.

He noted that he had over 50,000 messages and emails since his song went viral. According to Anthony, some of those missives were record companies offering six-figure record deals.

However, Oliver Anthony shot down the idea of taking any record deals at the moment. In fact, he said he “never wanted to be a musician full time.”

Oliver Anthony/Credit: Oliver Anthony Music YouTube
Oliver Anthony/Credit: Oliver Anthony Music YouTube

According to Just Jared, the singer-songwriter dismissed his own talent by saying he wasn’t a good musician or a good person. But in a different social media post, he expressed gratitude for the opportunities that came with his viral hit song.

While he may not be accepting any record deals, Oliver Anthony has accepted the offer to play at a popular music festival in his home state of Virginia.

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Oliver Anthony may not have a record deal, but he’s the only one in Nashville making hits without a label.

John Rich – one-half of the duo Big & Rich – took to social media earlier this week to celebrate having the #1 record in the country. He gave Oliver Anthony a shoutout for having the #1 song.

“And neither of us have record deals,” Rich pointed out in his tweet.

John Rich isn’t the only one relating to Oliver Anthony’s viral song. The song came up during the GOP Debate on Wednesday, August 23. And Oliver Anthony had a lot to say about it.

Oliver Anthony Reacts to GOP Debate Question Over “Rich Men North of Richmond”

The song’s title is an obvious reference to government officials in Washington, D.C. Despite this, conservatives have taken the song as a diss against President Joe Biden.

During the GOP Debate, Presidental-hopeful Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was asked why he thinks Oliver Anthony’s song resonates with so many Americans. Variety reports that DeSantis responded by “bashing ‘Bidenomics’ and referencing Congress.”

Not so fast, Oliver Anthony said. He released a 10-minute rant on YouTube, calling out both sides of the aisle for misinterpreting his song.

The outlet reports that in the lengthy video, Anthony said, “That song has nothing to do with Joe Biden. That song is written about the people on that stage — and a lot more, too. Not just them, but definitely them.”

He also took aim at the contention that he was taking aim against the poor with the lines, “Lord, we got folks in the street, ain’t got nothin’ to eat / And the obese milkin’ welfare.”

Oliver Anthony denied he was firing shots at the poor. He noted that many of his other songs defend the poor. His latest song touches on the topic of war and the future.
He similarly addresses those topics in his YouTube video. Fighting back tears, he said, “I don’t know what this country is going to look like in 10 or 20 years if things don’t change. I don’t know what this world is going to look like.”


Watch the emotional and, at times, defiant video here.

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