FACT CHECK: Did Oliver Anthony Turn Down $100K To Preform At Super Bowl?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purports that “Rich Men North of Richmond” singer Oliver Anthony has turned down $100K to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical news website.

Fact Check:

Anthony recently called out Republican Presidential candidates for co-opting his Billboard chart topping single, “Rich Men North of Richmond” at the first GOP Primary debate, saying the song is “about those people,”  The New York Times reported. The singer posted a YouTube video clarifying his politics do not align with the GOP, and he feels the song is being “weaponized,” according to Variety.

The Twitter post purports that Anthony has turned down the money offered to perform at the Super Bowl after his song went viral. The post shares a photo of Anthony and make-believe headlines for the musician.

The caption reads, “Oliver Anthony turns down 100k to sing anthem at super bowl, will sing it for free. Next headline? ‘Oliver Anthony meets Al Gore kicks him in the nuts’ ‘Oliver Anthony meets Dr Fauci, gags him with mask.’ ‘Oliver Anthony sees Greta Thunberg chases her in Duramax diesel.'”

The claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this incident occurred. Check Your Fact conducted research that revealed this claim stems from a satirical news website called, The Dunning-Kruger Times. The article claims that Anthony turned down the money and said he would play the Anthem for free.

The “about” section of The Dunning-Kruger Times self identifies as parody. They share a disclaimer that reads, “Dunning-Kruger-Times.com is a subsidiary of the “America’s Last Line of Defense” network of parody, satire.” (RELATED: Joe Biden Embellishes Fire Story In Recent Remarks In Hawaii)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim United States citizens will soon be required to have a visa to Travel to the European Union.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter