Country star Toby Keith has defended himself against claims one of his songs celebrates lynching.
The allegation was made by a newspaper blogger last week (29Jul08), citing lyrics in Keith's 2003 track Beer for my Horses, in which he sings about, "...hanging them high in the street".
The subject is particularly sensitive because many blacks were lynched by racist groups during the 19th century.
But Keith insists his words have been misconstrued - and dubs the Huffington Post blogger a "moron".
He says, "It's about the old west and horses and sheriffs and posses and going and getting the bad guys. It's not a racist thing or about lynching. The song was a hit and the words lynch and racism has never come up until this moron wrote this blog."