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Nashville Sports Anchor Fired For Prince Tribute #FREEDANPHILLIPS


The music world was shocked on April 21st with the death of a beloved icon.  Singer, musician, songwriter, and genius Prince Rogers Nelson became the latest celebrity taken from us in 2016.  The world cried, monuments were lit in Prince’s signature color purple, MTV started playing music again, and we mourned hoping to heal from the loss of this man none of us really knew but who’s music touched most of us in some way.

Unfortunately for Dan Phillips, his tribute was not received with praise.  The Nashville anchor was fired from his position as sports anchor for WZTV Fox-17 for using as many Prince lyrics as possible in his broadcast the day of Prince’s death.  Personally, I find the broadcast a beautiful blend of fan tribute and clever reporting.  Check it out:

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but Dan Phillips did his job brilliantly in the clip.  The sports news was covered quickly and efficiently and he was able to say goodbye on air to Prince, who has obviously touched and inspired his life in some way to be able to put this together so quickly.

The Fox station in Nashville disagrees with my opinion.  Dan Phillips was fired days after the broadcast.  On a Facebook post following his termination, Phillips stated:

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the kind words, comments and positive feedback on this tribute I did to Prince last week. It really means a lot.

Unfortunately, there were apparently some viewers, as well as management at the station, who did not feel the same way. They felt I was insensitive. And as a result, I was terminated today….

I could list countless examples of perceptions of insensitivity clouding the mind’s of men into forgetting common sense, but I’ll refrain.  Bottom line here, due to some people apparently feeling paying tribute is not an appropriate thing for a sports anchor to do, Dan Phillips has lost his job.  In my mind the station is at fault for not standing behind their anchor in the face of a few overly sensitive viewers.  If they want to pander to those that I’m sure look for every excuse to feel offended, they could have had him issue an apology to the local market.  Instead, they have fired him.  If he had the chance I’m sure he would have told those offended:

I never meant to cause you any sorrow

I never meant to cause you any pain

I only wanted one time to see you laughing

I only wanted to see you

Laughing in the purple rain

I urge you all, before you begin listing your grievances for a slight feeling of being offended, please consider the consequences for the individuals who may be affected.  Did those that complained want to see Dan Phillips fired?  I’m sure not, I’m sure they enjoyed watching his sports reviews in the evening.  I’m sure the tribute to Prince just set off some emotions and they acted irrationally and without thinking.  Regardless, I blame the station for not standing by a ten-year employee.


Join with me in showing support for the first amendment,  by sharing this and using the hashtag #freedanphillips on your social media accounts.

I leave you with this:

‘Cause in this life

Things are much harder than in the after world

In this life

You’re on your own

And if the elevator tries to bring you down

Go crazy, punch a higher floor

If you don’t like the world you’re living in

Take a look around you

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