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The newest social media status symbol is getting blocked on Twitter by country singer Travis Tritt.
On Monday, Tritt announced that he would cancel shows at venues that have COVID-19 vaccines and/or testing mandates, telling Billboard.com that he is ”against forcing people to take medicine that they may not need and may not want.”
The singer apparently then went on a Twitter-blocking spree that was possibly intended to reduce comments from people who disagreed with him.
However, there was an unintended consequence: Being blocked by Tritt has become an honor for many Twitter users.
I now belong to something so much bigger than myself. pic.twitter.com/Y6AjLSPnUh
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 20, 2021
I wrote a song with him in 2007 that he recorded. We only spent a day together but were in touch off and on afterward. Never anything but pleasantries. Saw recently he’d blocked me, too. So…congrats.
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) October 20, 2021
If you haven’t been blocked by Travis Tritt today, you obviously haven’t put forth any effort. Not team players at all.
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 20, 2021
Hot: Getting blocked by Travis Tritt
Not: Not getting blocked by Travis Tritt.
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) October 20, 2021
I was blocked by Travis Tritt before it was cool.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) October 20, 2021
Maybe the NY Jets should hire Travis Tritt. He's blocked more people today than their offensive line has all season.
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) October 20, 2021
Just found out that Travis Tritt blocked me.
I've never interacted w/him,
or criticized him for being anti-vax.
I've often praised his cover of Elvis' "Burning Love."
So I guess it's ok to point out
that homeboy's clearly not afraid
of injecting toxic things
into his forehead. pic.twitter.com/B7A1dJtMkr
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 19, 2021
You know it’s bad when the most relevant thing an artist has done in decades is block people from Twitter … @Travistritt you’re just embarrassing yourself at this point.
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) October 20, 2021
even though I’ve never interacted with or even namechecked him I somehow annoyed Travis Tritt enough to block me, hashtag blessed pic.twitter.com/F1Do0qnqkN
— shauna (@goldengateblond) October 20, 2021
I have never heard of Travis Tritt (the country music singer who says he won’t hold concerts in any venue that requires masks or proof of vaccination), but I guess he’s heard of me. 🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/u5ZodB5lYn
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 19, 2021
This is total bullshit. I mean, especially since Travis Tritt is my 304th favorite solo male country singer of 1991. pic.twitter.com/llreBbHQhB
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) October 20, 2021
Some people wondered if the Twitter blocks were meant to be a form of marketing.
Entirely civilized that the BLOCKED message comes with a Travis Tritt album cover, you know, just in case you wish to download some of his tunes after he BLOCKED you…
— K.C. Colby (@KCColbyCTV) October 20, 2021
Others had regrets.
I have never heard of Travis Tritt until he trended and I saw he blocked me without any interaction. This is devastating to me because I never got the chance to call him a dumb antivax MAGA fuck.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) October 19, 2021
Then there were those people who didn’t like being left out of Tritt’s blocking spree.
Travis Tritt block me u coward
— nikki mccann screamírez 👻 (@NikkiMcR) October 20, 2021
Awwww… I wanna be blocked by @Travistritt! Come on, I think he’s a bum too! Can I get a block from that anti-mask, anti-vax, won’t do shows unless people can get sick, Covid crusader as well?! I mean, I don’t know his music but I’m sure I’d hate it if I did… BLOCK ME TOO 4Ts!! pic.twitter.com/ACpyGPNJeS
— Corey🤬Reynolds (@coreyreynoldsLA) October 20, 2021
HuffPost reached out to Tritt on Twitter for his thoughts, but he did not immediately respond. However, he hadn’t (yet) blocked this reporter either.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.