Toby Keith Calls Ethan Hawke a Liar, Drops Multiple F-Bombs, Backstage at ACM Awards

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Things Toby Keith hates: 1. Iran. 2. Terrorists 3.Ethan Hawke.

Have you ever killed another man? Huh? Have you ever taken another man's life and then cashed the check your country gave you for doing it? No, you have not, so shut the f*** up. You don't know what the hell you are talking about. - What Kris Kristofferson allegedly said to Toby Keith in 2003
Country superstar Toby Keith is pissed at the actor for a profile of Kris Kristofferson that Hawke wrote for Rolling Stone where he describes an incident that may or may not have happened. In the latest Rolling Stone, Hawke says Keith and Kristofferson got into a tiff backstage at WIllie Nelson's 70th birthday party at the Beacon Theatre in New York in 2003.

Though he doesn't name Keith in the article, he says a singer who "had a monster hit about bombing America's enemies back into the Stone Age," singled out Kristofferson backstage, saying: "None of that lefty shit out there tonight, Kris."

Hawke says the comment sparked a tirade from Kristofferson, a former Army Ranger, who dressed down the brash country singer:

"Have you ever killed another man? Huh? Have you ever taken another man's life and then cashed the check your country gave you for doing it? No, you have not, so shut the f*** up. You don't know what the hell you are talking about."

Tennessean entertainment writer Peter Cooper took the controversy to the next level Friday by hyping the Rolling Stone piece and making fun of the fact that Hawke doesn't actually name Keith. Apparently the news item caught the eye of Keith. Cooper showed up to the press room in Las Vegas Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards and, as reported in several news outlets, Keith did not let him off easy. This recount of the verbal eruption comes from Country Music Television :

"I talked to Kris and Willie today, and you ran with something really shitty," Keith said to Cooper. "You're in default, and everybody here knows it. I don't ever get to take my shot at you, but you always take your shot at me.

I don't know Ethan Hawke. Ethan Hawke wanted to do some kind of superficial Rolling Stone article. And he did everything he could to make his story the greatest story ever in Rolling Stone. And it was a fictitious f***ing lie. O.K? - Toby Keith
"I'm really having a tough time. I'm struggling even being in here with you in the room. So you take that for what it's worth.

"Ethan Hawke reported a fictitious story about me, Kris and Willie in 2003. You ran with it and took it to f**kin' supersize french fries. And now you have to answer for it. I don't. It's really difficult for me to deal with you because I've known you for a long time, and you've never shit in your f**king nest like you did today. So do you want to ask another question?"

Cooper asked if Keith knew why Hawke wrote the story.

"I don't know Ethan Hawke. Ethan Hawke wanted to do some kind of superficial Rolling Stone article. And he did everything he could to make his story the greatest story ever in Rolling Stone. And it was a fictitious f***ing lie. O.K?

"He didn't even call me by my name. ... He called Norah Jones, Ray Charles, everybody else by name. Willie, Kris. Why didn't he call my name? Why didn't he say Toby Keith walked through and said this shit? Right? You know why. You know why. You know as good as anybody why. He didn't want to f***ing deal with the aftermath."

Huh. Talk about uncomfortable. Keith is known for his short temper. Just last month, he jumped into the audience, shoving his way through his fans to find out who had thrown an empty beer bottle at the stage.

For what it's worth, Rolling Stone is standing by Hawke's account of the incident while Kristofferson says he doesn't remember it happening. Either way, Toby Keith should probably chill out instead of adding fuel to the fire.

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  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
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