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Anti-Gay Pastor Rips Kacey Musgraves for Pro-Gay Lyrics: AUDIO

Kacey Musgraves Follow Your Arrow

Award-winning country music singer Kacey Musgraves gives a pro-gay nod in her song "Follow Your Arrow" with the lyrics,

So make lots of noise/Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls/If that's what you're into

And such incendiary words would have driven men to commit murder, according to wingnut pastor Kevin Swanson. Said Swanson:

Let me say this, if she had sang [sic] that thing in a country bar in the 1920s or 1880s in Denver, Colorado, somebody would’ve called for a rope, ‘Get a rope!’ You know what would have happened, she would not have made it out of town in the 1880s, 1920s, 1940s or 1960s.

If Swanson is right, then it's a testament to how far we - and evidently Denver, Colorado in particular - have come as a society that a female entertainer can receive praise and accolades for voicing her opinions through her songs without expecting to be brutally murdered for it by barbarians. Only the vilest of cretins would long for such bygone days to return.

You can listen to Swanson bemoan the "dismantling of the Christian faith in the heartland" below.

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  1. True that she might have gotten into some trouble back then. Though I think should could have gotten away with it in the '60s.

    But it is 2014. We have evolved. Most of us anyway. The majority no longer cares about these things.

    Sad thing about dinosaurs - they didn't all die off a long long time ago.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | Apr 28, 2014 6:35:20 PM

  2. I wonder if Mr. Swanson wants Kacey to sing a song about him or maybe even to him!!

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 28, 2014 6:41:54 PM

  3. Mr. Towleroad: Why do you care what Kevin Swanson says about anything? And why do you think we care and that you need to tell us about it?

    Posted by: Jim | Apr 28, 2014 6:51:24 PM

  4. @JiM you cared enough to comment...if you don't care you do not have to read or listen...

    Posted by: Derek | Apr 28, 2014 7:24:17 PM

  5. Mr. Jim: Why do we care what you think about this blog? And why do you think we care and that you need to tell us about it?

    But seriously... It's Andy's blog. So things Andy thinks are important or interesting will go here. Not interested in what he posts on his blog? Don't visit Andy's blog. But maybe click some ads before you leave.

    Posted by: Chaseburger | Apr 28, 2014 7:26:04 PM

  6. I'm not a huge country music fan anymore, but I damn well spent the $ on iTunes to support her.

    Posted by: Geoff | Apr 28, 2014 7:32:45 PM

  7. I LOVE Kasey Musgraves. I met her at a fair she was performing with my boyfriend and she commented on what a cute couple we were. You all have NO idea how huge her support of our community is in her industry.

    Posted by: T.J | Apr 28, 2014 7:59:57 PM

  8. I have loved this song ever since she beautifully performed it at The Grammy's where she won best country album and song for it. Absolutely beautiful song!

    Posted by: Klien | Apr 28, 2014 8:00:40 PM

  9. She's taken so much heat for her not so subtle support of LGBT and even wrote tweets in support of LGBT youth and went purple for spirit day on all her social media accounts, much to the dismay of her southern conservative field. She's a pioneer. Very proud of her courage. More courageous than some in the LGBT community who call themselves activists (side eye to Andrew Sullivan)

    Posted by: Fiat | Apr 28, 2014 8:02:15 PM

  10. Nowhere in Kacey's lyrics does it mention male homosexuality. The song sounds like an attempt to get gay men to fawn over her when what she's actually singing about is "I Kissed A Girl"-type scenarios that appeal to straight men. I'll pass - a kidney stone.

    Posted by: petey | Apr 28, 2014 8:02:33 PM

  11. I just looked up the song and listened. Very pretty song. Great beat. Good for her!

    Posted by: Nikki | Apr 28, 2014 8:02:48 PM

  12. Her song has actually become an anthem with MANY gay young people in the South. It really has made an incredible impact. I respect her immensely for being so bold. Not to mention, the song tops every country single charts and has done incredible in sales and recognition.

    Posted by: Jordan | Apr 28, 2014 8:05:44 PM

  13. "Follow your arrow" is my jam It puts a huge smile on my face, and beyond it, she's a really great talent! Love Kacey! everyone listen to the's really quite good.

    Posted by: Michelle | Apr 28, 2014 8:06:37 PM

  14. When a male country act sings about kissing men, then - and only then - will I think it's progress. When women sing songs about kissing women, it's not ground-breaking.

    Posted by: petey | Apr 28, 2014 8:12:54 PM

  15. Petey, here's a chair. Take a seat.

    Posted by: Mikey | Apr 28, 2014 8:18:52 PM

  16. Just another pastor who's not only against the First Amendment but also the Ten Commandments.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 28, 2014 8:18:56 PM

  17. If he doesn't like the song, then don't listen to it. Quit telling people what not to listen to, it none of your business.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Apr 28, 2014 8:28:47 PM

  18. Religion sincerely destroys the soul.

    Posted by: Artistry-Lyons | Apr 28, 2014 8:59:25 PM

  19. Petey, you sound absurd. The song is written in a way that Kacey is singing to a woman or women. I'm not sure if you were aware, but male homosexuality does not involve women. Heaven forbid some support not be centered around white gay men for three minutes.

    Any positive musical mention of gay people by a country artist is 100% groundbreaking. Lending support in an interview is enough to get artists banned on a lot of country stations. Kacey has gone above and beyond with her support of us, especially considering she is a new artist. Love her.

    Posted by: JMC | Apr 28, 2014 9:21:49 PM

  20. I like Kacey personally but she does not represent the interests of male homosexuality. She is like Katy Perry singing about kissing girls in front of straight guys. When Garth Brooks or Blake Shelton start singing about kissing guys, I'll call it progress.

    Posted by: petey | Apr 28, 2014 9:35:40 PM

  21. I like Kacey personally but she does not represent the interests of male homosexuality. She is like Katy Perry singing about kissing girls in front of straight guys. When Garth Brooks or Blake Shelton start singing about kissing guys, I'll call it progress.

    Posted by: petey | Apr 28, 2014 9:35:40 PM

  22. "I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,
    But if, baby, I'm the bottom you're the top!"

    1934 Cole Porter

    I'm sure there are also a lot of wink wink nod nod lyrics in the 20's that hinted at homosexuality. That was the vaudeville era and the time of flappers and fops. People were busy shocking themselves with throwing out the victorian rules and experimenting with sex, drugs, fast cars and jazz. It was the Roaring Twenties.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Apr 28, 2014 10:07:26 PM

  23. Petey,

    It WAS progress when Garth Brooks sang

    "When we're free to love anyone we choose,
    When this world's big enough for all different views,
    When we all can worship from our own kind of pew,
    Then we shall be free."

    Several radio stations wouldn't play the song once they learned that he wrote it for his lesbian sister.

    Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Apr 28, 2014 10:09:46 PM

  24. Petey,

    You must be nuts if you think the music biz will commercially embrace songs about male-male love. No genre - whether pop, dance, country, R&B, rap, hip-hop etc - has ever done it and no genre ever will.

    Songs about female-female love are commercially acceptable because women are considered "cute" and "sexy" by the people who control the music biz. Who are these people? They are liberals, including women and some gay men.

    Liberals find displays of male homosexual love quite repellent. They find displays of female homosexual love "hot". If you wish to blame anybody for this, blame the liberals and their double standards. Blame the women who exploit these double standards to obtain preferential treatment over us gay guys.

    This is how scary and selectively homophobic the music biz has become: the most talented openly gay guy singing about homosexual love will never be accepted whereas the most talentless female hack singing about kissing girls will always be accepted.

    Posted by: jason | Apr 28, 2014 11:00:31 PM

  25. Just another attention whore looking for their 15 minutes.

    News flash, Mr. Swanson: NO1 CURR.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Apr 29, 2014 1:02:02 AM

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