Country music stations are reportedly pulling a popular new song from the airwaves after some listeners have complained that the lyrics — which are performed by a female vocalist — promote a "gay agenda."
The song, "Girl Crush," from the country group Little Big Town, certainly includes some ear-catching word-play, though the lyrics are about a woman's jealousy over her ex-boyfriend's new relationship and not an endorsement of homosexuality, band members have said.
"I got a girl crush, hate to admit it, but I got a hard rush. It's slowing down, I got it real bad, want everything she has," the lyrics read. "That smile and that midnight laugh she's giving you now. I want to taste her lips. Yeah, 'cause they taste like you."
Listen to "Girl Crush" below:
While the song has remained popular in terms of sales, it lags behind on radio charts, as some stations have responded to angry listeners who viewed the lyrics as pushing a same-sex agenda by limiting its airplay or removing it entirely.
Consider that Alana Lynn, a radio personality who hosts 104.3 FM's morning show in Boise, Idaho, received emails and phone calls alleging just that, causing her to shelve the song, according to the Washington Post.
A music director at a station in Texas also penned a blog post with similar claims, noting that his station was accused by listeners of "promoting the gay agenda" by playing the song — an argument he pushed back against, despite eventually limiting the song's play.
Rare Country recently affirmed that the lyrics center on jealousy and not homosexuality and that they amount to the "most brilliant word play ever in a country song."
Hear the band explain the song below:
Kimberly Schlapman, a member of Little Big Town, recently expanded upon the meaning of the song in an interview with Vevo.
"This woman is just looking at the woman her man left her for and wondering, 'What does she have that I don't have? What am I missing?'" she explained. "'What is it that she's giving you that I can't give you?'"
"Girl Crush" is currently number 17 on the Billboard country song chart.
(H/T: Washington Post)