Homophobia 101: UK Newspaper Unjustly Claims Her Position Will Outrage Her Religious Fans
Carrie Underwood, the mega-talented American Idol Winner, and the queen of country music, is scheduled to make her British concert debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall this month. In support of her first concert in the UK market, she was interviewed by the Independent, a daily newspaper. While the article is unclear about how the issue came up, she spoke about marriage equality, and unequivocally stated that she was in favor of marriage equality.
"As a married person myself, I don't know what it's like to be told I can't marry somebody I love, and want to marry," she said. "I can't imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love."
I can only surmise that The Independent is trying to invent a controversy, because I haven’t heard any grumbling from any other source, to indicate otherwise.
Reporter Guy Adams wrote in The Independent (the bold highlights are mine - for emphasis):
She is the musical darling of American conservatives: a God-fearing farm girl from Oklahoma who became a music phenomenon on the back of wholesome hit records about faith, family and the greatness of the United States.
Until now, that is. In a development that will doubtless outrage her many fans on the religious right, the nation's most popular country singer, Carrie Underwood, has come out vehemently in favour of gay marriage.
Musical darling of American conservatives? Where did they get that from? Musical darling of America would be more apt. I think Carrie Underwood is one of the most talented singers on our planet, and I’d be happy hearing her sing the phone book. Am I an “American conservative” or right-winger? No.
The reporter offers an opinion that she will “outrage her many fans on the religious right” because she voiced support for marriage equality. How does this reporter know that she’s going to outrage her fans? Can he state that as a fact? The reporter doesn’t offer one shred of evidence that her support will result in a loss of fans. I guess I’d call this article homophobia 101 - yet another reporter makes suspect claims about same-sex marriage support.
The breadth of Carrie Underwood’s fan base is remarkable because of the way she was catapulted to the top by American Idol. Everyone knows who she is, and this non-controversy isn’t fair to her or her legion of fans (religious or otherwise).
Has Lady Gaga, Madonna, Adele, or Katy Perry suffered because of their support for marriage equality? Maybe the reporter is revealing his bias against marriage equality, a bias against country music, and a disdain for country music artists in general.
To suggest that supporting marriage equality will result in a loss of fans, whether the artist sings country, or hip-hop, is unjust. She’s stayed at the top of her profession because she has the chops to do so. It’s completely irresponsible for a newspaper to invent a controversy where none exists, and The Independent owes Carrie Underwood and her fans an apology.
VIA: The Independent
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