Radio host Alana Lynn of 104.3 FM in Boise, Idaho pulled the song from her morning show after receiving angry calls and emails accusing the song of “promoting the gay agenda” and threatening to boycott the station. In recent weeks, multiple stations cut the song out or played it a limited amount of times after receiving similar complaints.
The lyrics are no doubt provocative:
“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 blonde hair/ I want her magic touch/ Yeah, 'cause maybe then/ You'd want me just as much/ I got a girl crush."
Yet the song is actually about an ex-girlfriend’s jealousy of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend. Despite the reactionary rage to the song by radio listeners, it actually is No. 4 on iTunes (but ranked No. 33 on radio charts) — emanating a deep divide between the more traditional, mainstream radio audience versus the more Internet savvy music crowd.
Radio personality Bobby Bones discussed the issue with Little Big Town in his studio last week.
“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. “It would drive me insane!”
The group agreed. “Just the fact that we’re still discussing that, No. 1, there’s so many problems with that whole issue,” vocalist Karen Fairchild said.
“It shouldn’t even matter if it’s a lesbian song, is the first thing,” Bones added.
The problem is it apparently (and unfortunately) does matter to radio audiences as songs related to same-sex relationships are relatively taboo, especially for the country music scene.
“That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about,” Fairchild said, “But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”
As country music fans become progressively more open with lyrics involving sex, drinking and marijuana use, homophobia remains rampant — narrowing the kind of music aired and rather conforming to a "heteronormative agenda" instead.