TikTok users have slammed Luke Bryan for the strange way he introduced fellow country singer Dustin Lynch at a music festival in Mexico.
Just before Lynch took the stage at the weekend’s Crash My Playa 2023, Bryan asked the crowd to give his friend a warm welcome.
A judge on “American Idol” said, “Nobody has drunk, vomited, taken drugs, had an IV, and passed an STD test better than this next gentleman.”
Bryan, 46, clarified that Lynch, 37, is in “fine” health and “not sick.”
Lynch began performing shortly after the rant and did not respond to Bryan’s comments that went viral on video-sharing platforms.
“Absolutely no need for what Luke Bryan said about Dustin Lynch! No one deserves a stage introduction like Luke did to Dustin,” the fan who originally shared the footage wrote in the post. I added a caption.
“I love Luke, but I was saddened by the introduction because he sounded like an idiot,” another user commented.
“I’m very disappointed that Luke said something about Dustin that wasn’t cool at all,” agreed a third viewer.
“Everybody should post about this!! Highly unsolicited,” another wrote.
Other TikTokers, however, claimed that Bryan appeared to be simply making fun of his pal, who was a staple in the Crash My Playa lineup for years.
“I think he was crazy,” one fan commented.
“Did you ever think they were such good friends?” asked another.
Representatives for Brian and Lynch did not respond to Page 6’s request for comment.
This isn’t the first time the “One Margarita” performer has come under fire in recent months.
In October 2022, Bryan invited Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on stage at a fundraising concert for the victims of Hurricane Ian, which hit the state a few weeks ago.
The 44-year-old Republican politician seeks to ban abortion, opposes gun control, supports “not gay” bills, and resists imposing COVID-19 safety orders. However, he was widely praised for his recovery efforts in the wake of the hurricane.
“I understand Governor DeSantis is a very polarizing person,” Bryan tweeted in response to the backlash. “But I grew up in a country where if the governor asked if you would come and raise awareness to help victims of natural disasters, you would help.”