Country music group Georgia Florida Line was at a music festival recently when they demanded no police be allowed backstage while they were there. A short time later they asked for an escort off of the grounds, and karma came back around to get them.
The popular group was performing at the Country Thunder Music Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the weekend when they made the odd request that no law enforcement be backstage at any point while they were on the grounds. According to FOX411, two different sheriffs, Kenosha County Sheriff David Berth and Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver, both confirmed the request, but the band should have thought ahead a little better.
“I was informed the [Florida Georgia Line] spokesperson had made the request prior to the concert that no law enforcement be backstage while they were on the grounds,” Beth told FOX411.
Graver said he was also told “Florida Georgia Line didn’t want any law enforcement behind before, during or after the show.” He went on to explain that such a request isn’t “normal” based on his own experiences in provided security to concerts.
Ultimately, the request was denied by the management of the festival due to safety concerns. However, the reason for it still remains a mystery.
In a strange twist of fate, after requesting that police not be allowed backstage, the famous duo then asked for a police escort off the grounds. Guess how that went over.
“Part of it was because we’re busy, and part of it was I didn’t talk to them directly and I wished they would have reached out to me,” Graver said. “They didn’t want us backstage so we just opted out of the escort. It’s not something that we’re mandated to do.”
Think police are tired of being mistreated yet?
Later on Sunday, the band released a statement about the incident, but didn’t confirm, deny, or otherwise state a reason for their request.
— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) July 24, 2016
In situations like this, it would be nice to be able to give them the benefit of doubt, but with the anti-law enforcement attitude sweeping across the nation, it’s almost impossible to.