Country music star Garth Brooks canceled scheduled media appearances this week, saing it would be in poor taste to promote his comeback album during national protests after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Brooks, 52, canceled appearances on NBC’s late-night “The Tonight Show” and the morning “Today” show as well as daytime talk show “Live with Kelly and Michael” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”
The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has been hit by two nights of unrest after the grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014. The decision also touched off demonstrations in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Washington. Brooks was scheduled to perform live on “Kelly and Michael” on Tuesday, while other appearances were to be taped and broadcast later