John Rich on Confederate Flag Controversy: ‘There’s Only One Flag I Care About’

"I think that’s the end of the argument right there."

By Annie Reuter

John Rich of Big and Rich is speaking out on the Confederate flag debate after many are calling for the flag to be removed from South Carolina after a shooting last week at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News yesterday (June 23), Rich said there is only one flag he cares about: the American flag.

“And I think that’s the end of the argument right there,” Rich said. “I think we can go on ad nauseam about this forever. If something’s bringing pain, or if something is bringing something that somebody uses for hate like that, I just don’t see the point of continuing to go forward with it.”

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Later, Rich added that growing up he was always taught that everyone is equal. “We all live in America and we all work really hard and we care about our families,” he said.

The Texas native will no doubt be staying away from hanging the confederate flag at his new restaurant chain, Redneck Riviera, which is due to open in Nashville next spring.

“It’s really America’s brand,” Rich told The Tennessean. “I say it’s for people that work hard and play harder and in that little phrase, you encapsulate Redneck Riviera. Redneck Riviera is not flash and trash, everything we’re doing is high end, high quality stuff. That’s important to me.”

Rich described the restaurant as being “the more rural, rowdy version of Margaritaville.”

“Margaritaville is where your dad goes to hang out,” he said. “It’s going to have fun, wild cool elements about it but it’s also a bar you can take your kids to.”


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