Earlier today, I was reading about a new country song - "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town that is now facing some opposition on it's way to becoming a huge hit because some listeners are misinterpreting the lyrics as promoting a "gay agenda."
The song lyrics deal with an ex-girlfriend who wishes she was like her ex's new girlfriend. However, as the lyrics praise the new girlfriend, it's been interpreted as a "lesbian love song."
“I want to taste her lips, yeah ‘cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume / I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much… I got a girl crush.”
Due to the somewhat dim-mindedness of some radio listeners, country radio is beginning to drop the song from playlists.
Now, Country superstar Dierks Bentley has chimed in on the issue:
"When I heard that song, I never even thought about it being about a girl crush or a lesbian [romance]. And when I thought about it that way, I liked it even more," Bentley said. "It’s just so silly, but, it’s always been that way. Look at Miranda Lambert’s career: She’s always cutting songs that are a little edgier, like 'Gunpowder & Lead,' about shooting down this guy who’s getting out of jail for beating you up, you know? You keep pushing down that wall and eventually the fans will demand it and push for those changes."
"I have so much respect for Little Big Town and [producer] Jay Joyce ... to take chances like that and keep the genre going and moving, it requires bold artists. The song being pulled is probably one of the best things that could happen to them," he added. "Like when Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls" got banned from CMT for being too edgy. It just makes fans want to hear it more and go out there and find it."
"Girl Crush" is currently the #1 country single on iTunes.