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  1. Jmac says

    Let’s be real…she hasn’t had a hit in over a decade, it wasn’t the coming out that ended her career. The only reason she even came out was to promote her new album which was a flop…her plan backfired, that doesn’t automatically mean malice is involved.

  2. Steve says

    She sang there every ten weeks (even at times without a hit) for 21 years! Then she came out and boom no more invites? They can say all they wants it’s not because she’s gay, but knowing the fact above I personally question that!

  3. jjose712 says

    Well, it’s quite obvious the country industry fear the homophobia en their fans.
    And they had reasons to do, when Carrie Underwood said that she supported gay marriage it was a big backlash on forums. Of course her sales and radio support (she had three number one singles since then) didn’t stop, but of course she is not gay herself, just an ally.

    Pop is supossed to be very gay friendly, but (lesbians apart, Tegan and Sara are getting some love at top 40 right now), Adam Lambert was the last gay male singer to have a top 40 hit on radio, and that was in 2010.
    Being gay seems a lot less problematic on alternative music

  4. David From Canada says

    Sad that this type of behaviour should still be carrying on in the 21st Century. There are almost no blacks in Country Music, and they don’t want any gays. The South still has a rigid belief/acceptance system about people. I think that time alone will eventually wash it all away.
    When you’re dealing with any type of phobia, including ‘fearphobia’, it just takes time, lots of time.

  5. alex says

    This isn’t a country music problem…it’s a commercial music problem. As JJose712 correctly notes, there is a dearth of openly gay performers across most genres.

    Labeling this as a legacy of the South conveniently ignores the fact that this is happening everywhere. Lately, it seems that most of the horrific hate crimes occur in major cities in traditionally “liberal” states.

    I’m not saying there isn’t work to do here in the South. But, if people abandoned their stereotypes of the South, they might discover that it’s not as backwards as they believe.

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