Teddi Mellencamp Defends Her Dad John's Stance On The National Anthem


John Mellencamp recently attended the November 20 football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles. However, the musician opted to sit during the national anthem, according to OutKick, drawing the ire of social media. “#JohnMellencamp YOU are an embarrassment to America sitting and eating popcorn during the national anthem? You sir, should be ashamed of yourself,” tweeted one user. “John Mellencamp is a disgrace for not standing during the national anthem at Eagles game! I will no longer listen to his music!” wrote another. Meanwhile, journalist Dan Dakich tweeted, “Mellencamp is one of America’s Greatest frauds … always has been.”

In the wake of this backlash, Teddi has come to her father’s defense. During the November 21 episode of “Two T’s in a Pod,” Teddi gave listeners some insight into her father’s decision, given that he doesn’t “talk to the press.” Teddi explained that he wasn’t sitting out of laziness or because he wasn’t feeling good. “Since as long as I can remember, my dad has never stood for the national anthem,” Teddi continued. “He’s never once told me I couldn’t.” His reasoning? “He believes the national anthem is a war song … He’s been to countless games, and he’s never stood for the anthem once. He loves his country as much as anybody … But as this is the land of the free, it’s his right not to stand for something he considers to be a war anthem.”

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