FACT CHECK: Did Blake Shelton Cancel A $30 Million Project With Country Music Television?
A post shared on Facebook claims country singer Blake Shelton has canceled a $30 million project with Country Music Television (CMT).
The claim is fabricated. It originates from a website that identifies itself as satirical.
CMT recently pulled country musician Jason Aldean’s music video after it garnered widespread attention for controversial lyrics and the video’s depiction of Tennessee courthouse where a black teenager was lynched in 1927, according to NBC News. Fans of Aldean have shown support for his song, helping it reach number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, Newsweek reported.
The Facebook post claims Blake Shelton has canceled a $30 million project with CMT after siding with Aldean. The post shares this news in text and shares an image of each of the singers side-by-side.
“Blake Shelton Cancels $30 Million Project With CMT: “Jason Is My Friend,'” the caption reads. “Country Music Television (CMT) is still paying the price for canceling Jason Aldean’s video ‘Try That In a Small Town’ In what may be the most crushing blow yet, country megastar Blake Shelton has announced that he’s backing out of a $30 million project with the network.”
The article stems from a parody article on the Dunning-Kruger Times. On its “About Us” page, the website describes itself as a “subsidiary of the “‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes called it before they lost their war on satire: Junk News.” Check Your Fact has debunked multiple other claims originating from the site.
There are no announcements of the alleged partnership on Shelton’s website or his verified social media accounts. Likewise, Check Your Fact found no credible news reports to corroborate the claim. (RELATED: Did Garth Brooks Cancel His Tour Over Bud Light Boycott?)
Check Your Fact has reached out to representatives for Shelton and CMT for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received from either source.