Trace Adkins defends Confederate flag accessory at Christmas tree lighting

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traceIf you tuned into the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting Wednesday night, you probably saw a lot of singing, tons of lights and a jaw-dropping accessory worn by one of the night’s performers.

Country singer Trace Adkins  sported a Confederate flag earpiece during his performance of “The Christmas Song” and it left many viewers unnerved.

As subtle as the accessory was,  it caused quite the uproar on Twitter prompting many to lash out at the country superstar for donning a symbol many consider controversial for its link to the Civil war and slavery.

Trace has since responded to the controversy, saying he meant no harm.

“To me, the battle flag represents remembrance of my Southern lineage” he said in a statement Thursday.  “I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle.”

“To those who view the flag as a symbol of racism, that was not my message.”

Adkins is currently on a U-S-O tour in Japan.