Country singer Garth Brooks has cancelled several U.S. Tv promotional appearances in the wake of violent nationwide protests surrounding a Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August (14).
The Dance hitmaker was scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show, Live! with Kelly and Michael and Today this week (begs24Nov14), but he has axed all three because he felt the promotional stops would seem "distasteful".
In a message on Facebook.com, he writes, "We landed in Ny last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation.
"To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me. I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another."
Violence erupted throughout America on Monday night (24Nov14) after the jury's decision not to charge police officer Darren Wilson hit the headlines. Officials in Ferguson, Missouri have called in over 2,000 members of the National Guard to patrol the streets on Tuesday (25Nov14) in an effort to avoid a repeat of the riots that followed Brown's death in August.