Newswire: Tom Petty breaks the hearts of racists everywhere, calls Confederate flag “stupid”

Last Friday, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Capitol grounds to cheers and applause, causing racist uncles across these United States of America to lose their shit. Amid the ongoing controversy, Florida-born southerner and American boy Tom Petty has offered his opinion to Rolling Stone, calling his previous use of the Confederate flag in concert “downright stupid.”

In 1985, Petty released a sort-of concept album about growing up in the south, Southern Accents. The resulting tour featured Petty and the Heartbreakers flanked by a horn section and female backup singers as well as a Confederate flag backdrop, used particularly during the tune “Rebels.”He’s what Petty says about the song now:

[The song]’s spoken from the point of view of the character, who talks about the traditions that have been handed down from family to family for so long that he almost feels guilty about …

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