Remember the Dixie Chicks?
They were a hugely popular bluegrass and country music act in the early 2000’s who immolated their careers when, while performing before a foreign audience during the Iraq invasion, they said they were ashamed of President George W. Bush.
The result was backlash from the country music fan base from which the Chicks’ musical career never really recovered.
But they did become icons for the political left, which cast the controversy as a free speech issue. Which it wasn’t.