According to anti-gay country music fans, Little Big Town’s song “Girl Crush”has lesbian overtones, reported ABC News on March 30. In the song, a woman covets her lover’s lover. Parents who listen to country music didn’t want their children tainted by Sapphic talk. When they cried “gay agenda” radio stations caved and pulled “Girl Crush.”
Some big names celebs are rallying around LBT, but the issue begs interesting discussion. First, from whence came the lesbian notion, when the singer is clearly trying to woo back her man? She doesn’t want the other woman. She wants to BE the other woman.
Next is the laughably hypocritical nature of fans. Country music is founded and grounded on sexuality. Fans love it for that reason! Songs reference all manner of lust, flirting, cheating, stealing of lovers, sleeping around, etc. But only straight lust. For as much as fans love opposite-sex sex, they hate same-sex sex.
But the biggest beef is so what if LBT is LGBT? They ain’t the first, not will they be the last. Do fans think country music is immune to homosexuality? What about Melissa Etheridge, Clay Aiken to name a few? LBT isn’t the first to sing about lesbian love, if in fact they did.
Hello: Sylvia, Jessi Colter, Dolly Parton been there, done that. Listen to Sylvia’s “Nobody”–yeah, she’s mad that “nobody” is after her man. But there’s a little repressed Freudian erotica. And what about Jessi Colter’s “I’m not Lisa?” When Colter sings about lovely Lisa it’s pure forbidden fruit, baby.
Dolly Parton gave us the definitive lesbian country music song in “Jolene.” Country music fans will have apoplexy reading that. They’ll protest that she’s just noting her rival’s charms. But she’s using some intense “lesbian” imagery to do so. Like LBT, Parton waxes eloquent about Jolene’s beauty, her skin, hair, etc. So if “Girl Crush” is lesbian by that definition, then so is “I’m not Lisa.”If LBT has a gay agenda, so did Dolly Parton. LBT was just honest enough to admit to the girl crush.