Country music group Little Big Town has responded to their new hit single “Girl Crush” being pulled from the radio.
Alana Lynn, one of the morning co-hosts on country music station 104.3 FM in Boise, Idaho, excitedly played the new single for her listeners. Shortly after the song started playing, she received several phone calls from furious listeners, saying that the lyrics to the song were too provocative. The fans were so upset that they even threatened to boycott the station, which is why the station made the decision to pull the song from their lineup.
The lyrics, listeners say, are not age-appropriate for children and promote a “gay agenda,” according to The Washington Post.
“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.”
While some fans have interpreted the lyrics to be about a lesbian couple, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town says they have got it all wrong.
“The lyric of ‘Girl Crush’ is written in kind of a sexy way. So some people might turn it off when they get to the ‘I want to taste your lips’ and all that. But once they get to the hook they go ‘oh.’ It turns and it’s about a girl saying why do you love her and not me. And that’s what makes it,” Fairchild said during an interview on the Bobby Bones Show on The Big 98. “You’ve got to lean in a little bit, but the fans are really loving this one.”
“To hear that people were misinterpreting it was a little funny,” guitarist Jimi Westbrook said during a phone interview. “I was like, ‘You didn’t even listen past what you thought was offensive!’ There are people who just like to complain and the moment they get to the part they can complain about it, they don’t go any further. I hate it but there’s nothing you can do about it. People are the way they are and God bless ’em.”
Despite the controversy, the country music scene has remained supportive of the group.
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“I can’t stay off Twitter. Radio stations have been posting photos of themselves in their Girl Crush hats,” Westbrook added. “Pop stations are spinning it out of curiosity. The great thing is that whatever brought people to listen to the song, they’re connecting with it.”
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