Country radio is pulling Little Big Town’s "Girl Crush" because it promotes the gay agenda. It's an infuriating development, and we were so into defending a lesbian-themed country song...until it was complicated by the fact that it’s about a heterosexual longing. Huh.

“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.” Those are just some of the lyrics that have country radio aflame.

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Maybe schools should put more emphasis on critical reading? The narrator is saying that her “crush” is currently with the true object of her desire (man) and that she wants to be with that man—she doesn't want to be with the woman, she wants to be woman. It’s a classic country jealousy song, yet radio stations are already pulling the song from the airwaves.

For the Country Record has already reported on comments by angry listeners:“You are just promoting the gay agenda on your station and I am changing the channel and never listening to you ever again!!” They decided that merely having the words “girl” and “crush” together is all they needed to know about the content of the song. Maybe they'd have been more open to it if there had been a pickup truck somewhere in between.

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According to Buzzfeed, Kacey Musgraves’ song “Follow Your Arrow,” despite being a critical success,  also struggled to find a radio audience because it featured this line: "Or kiss lots of girl/If that's something you're into." Despite living in a post-“I Kissed A Girl” world, it seems that songs implying mild homoeroticism, even when the song is not about gay people (at all), will struggle on country radio.

While the song premiered at No. 4, it has since dropped due to lack of airplay. It is hard to tell what is more offensive: that this is clearly an instance of anti-LGBT censorship, or that this song is just as heteronormative as anything else you hear on country radio. Bye y'all. 

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Princess Weekes is a part-time bookseller and a full-time writer with a Master’s in English from Brooklyn College. A former intern at BUST magazine, she has since written articles for The Mary Sue, BUST and maintains her own video channel under the name Melina Pendulum, discussing the intersection of pop culture, feminism and race. She is currently working on a fantasy novel about black witches during the Jim Crow era, while attempting to purchase every liquid lipstick the world has to offer.

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