Country music song "Girl Crush" has been pulled by some country radio stations because listeners object to the lyrics, which they believe are part of what they describe as a "gay agenda."
The band Little Big Town recorded the tune, which includes these lyrics: "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,'" noted AL.com.
The song is not about a lesbian relationship, but the jealousy one woman has for her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend (video below).
TasteOfCountry.com reports that the song "reached No. 4 on iTunes and is selling 25,000 units each week, but has struggled to just No. 33 in terms of radio airplay — in no small part because of a similar backlash in other markets."
In response to the outcry, Little Big Town vocalist Karen Fairchild told The Washington Post: "That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about. But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”
The band's record label has even created a video (below) in which the band explains the song to misinformed listeners.
Some country stations say they have not seen such a strong backlash since the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines called out President George W. Bush about his 2003 invasion of Iraq. History ultimately proved Maines to be correct, but she and her bandmates had to endure death threats and record burnings.