John Mellencamp Would Rather Sit And Eat Popcorn Than Stand For National Anthem

John Mellencamp has made a lot of money singing about America and life in the greatest country on the face of the Earth.

He’s also done some nice charitable things such as help found Farm Aid.

So Mellencamp probably isn’t a bad guy.

But on Sunday afternoon, prior to the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, Mellencamp apparently decided standing for the national anthem was too much trouble.

So he sat in his luxury seat at Lucas Oil Stadium while most of the 66,241 present stood for the national anthem.

Mellencamp, 71, was apparently too busy eating popcorn to show respect for the colors in the middle of the field.

Someone in the adjacent section snapped the photo of Mellencamp and sent it to OutKick 360’s Dan Dakich:

And, I get it, the dude did sing the authority song. In that one Mellencamp belts out, “I fight authority, authority always wins.”

But this isn’t about authority. It’s about respect. And, you know, not being a fraud.

Mellencamp wrote a lot about being American and living and growing up in America. He marketed himself as kind of an All-American guy from the Midwest.

But he conveniently forgot to write about how he doesn’t want to stand for 90 seconds to honor America.

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    • To be fair, most of his “American” themed songs are usually attacks on traditional American values. His songs are very political and showcase left wing values. So it’s not like he is hiding his politics. Sitting at the National Anthem is actually on brand. I enjoy his music too, even if I despise his politics. My balance is I’ll listen to his classics, but won’t go to any concerts. To each their own.

  1. Does anyone else think that the national anthem before football games or NASCAR races is BS? “Oh! We love the USA”. BS false signaling.
    I was yelled at a couple times while standing for the anthem but not removing my hat at the Daytona NASCAR races. Big deal.
    Is anyone REALLY offended by this?
    Stop being offended by anything you can find.
    If you have any JCM tickets you want to burn get in touch with me. I’ll take them.
    Quit being soft..

  2. If you don’t stand for the anthem that tells me a lot about your character without having to ever talk to you. I’ve been to many events attended by vets in wheelchairs and when the anthem starts they make sure to stand even if they need assistance.
    Just be respectful. Don’t sway back and forth, don’t point and wave if they show you on the big screen and don’t yell “Oh” when the line “Oh say can you see” starts. Set a good example.
    OK. I’ve said enough.

  3. I’ve had friends who have asked me why I won’t listen to his music any longer, I’ll change the radio if he comes on.

    The only difference between him and Springsteen is Springsteen isn’t stupid enough to let a photo of him doing this appear in the media.

  4. He and left winger New Jersey pussy Springsteen are buddies. Mellencamp is a little man who despite his career success is insecure as hell. Thinks he’s being anti authority by not standing for the anthem. Giant headed jerkoff.

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