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Did CMA Remove Beyonce From Site After Bigots Raged?

There were numerous angry and racist tweets directed at the Country Music Association (CMA) on Nov. 2 because Beyonce performed on stage with the Dixie Chicks at the CMA awards.

TMZ reports that the CMA website removed all mention of the black singer and the Dixie Chicks.

Unidentified sources told the gossip site that the heads of the CMA caved into racist fans, and were worried because the Dixie Chicks and Beyonce support Black Lives Matter, a social movement that opposes police brutality aimed at African Americans.

The sources told TMZ that the CMA heads "just want this to go away," and now believe it was a mistake to have the four women on stage.

The CMA reportedly removed all mentions of the ladies from their social media sites, except Snapchat, which doesn't feature comments.

TMZ also posted an update: "The CMAs have started repopulating its social media with images of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks. The images were only posted AFTER they became aware we were working on the story."

In response to the controversy, the CMA issued a statement to E! News:

CMA has not erased any mentions of Beyonce's performance on the CMA Awards. In advance of the broadcast, CMA removed a 5-second promotional clip from and CMA's Facebook page. The promo was unapproved and CMA removed it prior to the broadcast. Beyoncé's performance with Dixie Chicks was a highlight of the evening and we are continuing to share the amazing full-length performance clip via our official social channels.

The Verge notes: "But that’s flat out misleading. As of 7:30PM ET Thursday, the Association’s Twitter account hadn’t made a single mention of the CMA performance after the show. Beyonce does appear in photo albums recently published to Facebook."

Elle noted earlier that there were no mentions of Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks' performance on the CMA website, Facebook, or Twitter feed.

After Elle's story broke, the CMA's Facebook page shared a post from the Dixie Chicks' Facebook promoting the Beyonce performance, notes The Verge.

Sources: TMZ, E! News, The Verge / Photo credit: Country Music Association/Facebook

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