Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Sparks Controversy
Little Big Town's latest release, "Girl Crush", has sparked controversy among country listeners. The song has been slowly climbing the charts since it's release, but many radio stations are experiencing backlash on its airplay. In short, some listeners don't like the songs "lesbian agenda" and don't want their children exposed to the behavior.
I was afraid something like this might happen, especially if a listener didn't really listen to the lyrics. As a matter of fact, I made my 14 year old daughter listen to the song again so she would understand its true meaning. Karen Schlapman & Kimberly Fairchild of the group didn't expect this reaction either. They just thought it was a genius lyric about jealousy, bringing in a new perspective along with a fresh, new sound to country music. Here is a sample of the lyrics for you: "I wanna taste your lips/ yea, 'cause they taste like you/I wanna drown myself in a bottle of her perfume...I want her magic touch/yea,'cause maybe then you'd want me just as much/I got a girl crush."
The groups label had some initial reservations about releasing the song as a single, but in the end decided it needed to be heard. The group is doing their best to stay away from the hot topic, but are still shocked by the closed-mindedness that has erupted. "Girl Crush" is #33 on the radio charts, but it's reached #4 on iTunes , selling 25,000 units per week, so yea, at the end of the day, there wasn't an agenda, just a kickin' song!