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Jake Owen weighed in on the Chase Rice concert controversy, and now many people on Twitter are saying that Jake is on the wrong side of the debate.

To recap, Chase played a crowded concert over the weekend, with no social distancing or masks on concert goers. Kelsea Ballerini called Chase out on Twitter, saying, “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s health at risk, not to mention the potential ripple effect, and play a normal country concert right now. @ChaseRiceMusic, We all want (and need) to tour. We just care about our fans and their families enough to wait.”

Jake is getting backlash after tweeting support for Chase–and shade at Kelsea–yesterday (6/29), saying, “It’s amazing how many country artists, songwriters and media outlets are quick to throw shade at our own people.”

The tweet was met with mixed reactions. Some applauded Jake for voicing his opinion and support of Chase’s show.

Others felt that Jake’s words implied that he didn’t care about social responsibility during a pandemic…


Chase Rice has since issued a statement, assuring fans that their safety is his priority–and sharing plans to make future concerts drive-in style.

Was it a smart thought for Jake to post on social media? As with most issues nowadays, it depends on who you ask. Any opinion puts you at risk for being roasted on the internet. It is worth noting, though, that Jake was scheduled to perform at the Miller Theater in March, just as the COVID-19 outbreak was beginning–and made the decision to postpone that show for the safety of his fans.

Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.