Organizers of the Country Music Awards are asking reporters covering the red carpet to refrain from asking questions about politics or the recent Las Vegas shooting.
In a memo sent out ahead of the upcoming awards show, CMA organizers specifically asked reporters to steer clear of asking artists about gun rights, the Las Vegas tragedy, or political affiliations “out of respect for the artists directly or indirectly involved," according to Nashville Scene.
“It’s vital, more so this year than in year’s past due to the sensitivities at hand, that the CMA Awards be a celebration of Country Music and the artists that make this genre so great,” the statement read.
Organizers warned reporters that if they stray from these guidelines their credentials could be “revoked via security escort.”
In response, Brad Paisley, who is set to co-host the awards show, tweeted “I'm sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines. In 3...2....1.....”
I'm sure the CMA will do the right thing and rescind these ridiculous and unfair press guidelines. In 3...2....1.....— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) November 3, 2017
Last month, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place at a country music festival in Las Vegas leaving 59 dead.