Luke Bryan Issues Statement In Response To ‘Absurd’ Dustin Lynch Intro At Crash My Playa
Bryan reached out to Lynch and says he is one of “his dearest friends.”
Luke Bryan, Dustin Lynch; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan issued an apology to Dustin Lynch for his controversial induction of the “Stars Like Confetti” singer at Crash My Playa at Moon Palace Cancún in Riviera Cancún, Mexico.
The “Country On” singer took to his Instagram stories on Wednesday evening (Jan. 25) while in a “flooded cornfield, doing a little duck hunting” to share a message to Lynch and those who may have been offended by his remarks about Lynch.
“Just saw where people are starting to chat about my introduction of Dustin Lynch,” Bryan said. ”Dustin Lynch is one of my dearest friends on the planet. No one respects him more than I do and that night at [Crash My] Playa, Sunday night, the last night I get everybody out and my introduction of him was complete sarcasm.”
He went on to explain that his words were taken out of context and encouraged his fans to support his longtime friend.
“Those words were so absurd,” Bryan admitted. ”I figured everybody would take it as sarcasm. Obviously some people didn’t. I spoke to Dustin. I love him. He and I are all good and I apologize to anybody that doesn’t understand my humor and sarcasm. It’s been going on like that down there for years. We’ll see y’all next year. Go download Dustin’s new single [‘Stars Like Confetti’]. Love y’all.”
Dustin Lynch was quick to respond to Bryan via Instagram stories and wrote, “Thx for the call, love ya bro. All good. We had a lot of fun down there again with the pirates.”
Bryan’s apology came after videos of his introduction surfaced online and began to go viral on TikTok.
In the clips, Bryan can be heard saying, “The longest standing representative of Crash My Playa. No one has drank more liquor, no one has vomited more, no one has taken more drugs, no one has taken more IVs, no one has passed more STD tests than this next gentlemen right here. He has got a clean bill, he does not have diseases, give it up for Dustin Lynch.”
Lynch responded, “That’s going down in the history books of introductions right there. Crash My Playa, what’s up baby?”
Fans called out Bryan in the comments section of various social media posts and demanded that he give Lynch an apology.
“What Luke Bryan said about Dustin Lynch is absolutely uncalled-for! Nobody deserves an introduction to stage like Luke did to Dustin,” wrote one social media user alongside the hashtag “#dobetter.”
“This 🤬 I’m so glad someone else said it too! Drunk or not have more respect when introducing someone,” another commenter added. “So uncalled-for and Dustin didn’t deserve that introduction whatsoever! Team DL over here.”
On Stage Collaboration
During the show, Bryan and Lynch shared the stage to perform a cover of Toby Keith’s “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” as well as another classic country hit. Watch HERE.
Crash My Playa took place at the AAA Four Diamond awarded resort, Moon Palace Cancún, in Riviera Cancun, Mexico from January 19 through January 22, 2023.
Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Lionel Richie, Dustin Lynch, Ashley McBryde, Brian Kelley, Carly Pearce, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott, DJ Rock, Kendell Marvel also performed during Crash My Playa.
“Year after year we aim to grow the music experience and the vacation experience to new heights,” Bryan shared following the successful event. “And I feel we did that this year. Cole and Chris both knocked it out of the park with their headline sets. It was so fun to watch. And special thanks to my dear friend Lionel Richie for making our closing night even more special by joining me on stage for an evening I will never forget! Playa is truly a highlight of my year by watching these fans and the artists have fun in the Mexico sun.”
Dubbed the ultimate vacation with Luke Bryan & Friends, Crash My Playa 2023 marked the third year that the event was held at Moon Palace Cancún with the initial year being in 2020 and the eighth year of the event overall.
Fans in attendance were treated to an all-inclusive concert as well as enjoyed daily pool parties and other amenities offered by the resort, including a relaxing visit to the lavish AWE-Spa or a fun-filled outing at the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
For additional information on Crash My Playa visit their official website at www.crashmyplaya.com.
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