After country stations limit airplay of ‘Girl Crush’, some stations are getting rid of country music altogether
NASHVILLE — Like they say, for every action, there’s a reaction.
On Tuesday, the day that new music is released both on the radio and in stores (until June 26), Little Big Town released the song ‘Girl Crush’. Needless to day, in the Arbitron Top 250 radio markets, outrage from bigoted listeners ensued against both Little Big Town and country music stations, eventually leading to the song getting banned on stations such as WSCG, the 100,000-watt powered country music station in the Augusta, Ga.-Aiken, S.C. market; WCOS, the 100,000 watt powered station in Columbia; and TexMex, a station in Texas whose disc jockeys were interviewed by Al.com, a news site in Birmingham, Ala.
According to Raw Story, the Top 40 hit is written from the perspective of a woman who is jealous of her ex-boyfriend’s new flame. “I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild sings in the song. “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.”
According to “TexMex”, the first time the song was played, his station was deluged with complaints from ignorant listeners who didn’t even bother looking up the meaning of the lyrics about its “‘obvious’ lesbian meaning.”
He copped to being puzzled by the ignorance. “Did you listen to the song all the way through? Do you not like songs about women being jealous of a mistress?” he asked. “This is the foundation of female country music subjects most of the time.”
In an interview with Vevo, Ms. Fairchild’s band mate, Kimberly Schlapman agreed, saying, “this woman is just looking at the woman her man left her for and wondering, ‘What does she have that I don’t have? What am I missing? What is it that she’s giving you that I can’t give you?’”
When “TexMex” attempted to explain the song’s meaning to his ignorant and irate listeners, “every one of them responded with basically the same thing (paraphrased): ‘You are just promoting the gay agenda on your station and I am changing the channel and never listening to you ever again!’”
Bobby Bones, a syndicated host whose show is on most country music stations in the United States, told The Washington Post, “it shouldn’t even matter if it’s a lesbian song, is the first thing.”
“Is it frustrating to you that here is your song — that is one of the Top 10 sellers for weeks and weeks and weeks — and people on the radio are still afraid to play it because they think it’s a ‘lesbian song?’” he asked. The song is the fourth most popular country song on iTunes, but is currently only charting at 33 in radio airplay. The song also ranks as one of the Top 10 most popular currently on Xbox Music, Microsoft’s media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application. The song is the most purchased and listened to song from Little Big Town on Xbox Music.
What that means, according to “TexMex”, is that his radio station will only play the song two times per day, and never during peak listening periods, which are usually from 6:00 to 18:00.
The reaction to the bigotry of country music fans has been just as ferocious for some stations as they have immediately dumped the country music format for other formats such as urban contemporary and rock.
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