Country music star Luke Bryan joked about Aaron Rodgers’ “immunization” status while hosting the 2021 CMAs in Nashville, Tennessee.
Country superstar Luke Bryan kicked off the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee this week with a little humor at Aaron Rodgers’ expense.
Bryan was the emcee for the night, hosting the music awards that honored country music stars from across the nation.
But as an awards show host, Bryan made sure to have fun with the guests that were there by joking about contemporary topics, which of course included Rodgers.
Rodgers has made national headlines since it was revealed that he was unvaccinated the entire NFL season, misleading reporters earlier this year when he told them he was “immunized.”
That led media to believe Rodgers was immunized, so when he wasn’t, the NFL began investigating the Packers organization and Rodgers to see if they violated NFL COVID-19 protocols.
Rodgers joined The Pat McAfee Show last Friday and spoke for 47 minutes to defend himself, which created a firestorm of controversy. It made the rounds on late night shows like Saturday Night Live, and now, it’s the fodder of jokes in the country music world.
“We’re following all the health protocols to keep everyone safe and it is so great to be here with all my fellow artists, tested and together … or immunized?” Bryan said as he glanced around the room and laughed.
Host Luke Bryan kicks of the 55th annual Country Music Awards with a nod to Aaron Rodgers:
“It is so great to be here with all my fellow artists, tested and together … or immunized?” pic.twitter.com/bQN0dXh2dr
— The Recount (@therecount) November 11, 2021
Luke Bryan joked about Aaron Rodgers being “immunized” at CMAs
While there were attendees who laughed and agreed with Bryan’s light-hearted humor, some found his joke to be divisive.
Carrie Underwood, who sings NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, was seen side-eyeing Bryan after his joke.
In a long post on social media, Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher supported Rodgers’ stance in a long Instagram caption that Underwood liked.
While the decision to receive the COVID vaccine, wear masks and follow health and safety protocols has unfortunately become politically divisive.