What's the Controversy over Little Big Town's Song 'Girl Crush'?
Listeners have misinterpreted the song and believe it "promotes the gay agenda"
Convinced the song describes a romance between two women, incensed listeners pressured at least one country music station to pull the tune “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town.
Morning co-host Alana Lynn at 104.3 FM in Boise, Idaho, doesn’t play the song anymore after getting angry calls and emails about “promoting the gay agenda,” the Washington Post reports.
And while fans are buying the song – it’s at No. 4 on iTunes – the Post reports that it’s losing radio play, lessening the scope of the audience.
But a closer look at the lyrics and a statement from the band reveal that the song is about a woman’s jealousy: She is so envious of her ex-boyfriend’s new love that she wants to experience and embody her.
“I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume,” vocalist Karen Fairchild sings. “I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much I got a girl crush.”
The band’s label has created a commercial to clear up any confusion over the lyrics, according to the Post. In the spot, Fairchild explains,”It’s about a girl saying, you know, ‘Why do you love her and not me?’ ”
However, Billboard has called into question the Post‘s report and asserts “Girl Crush” is doing just fine on radio programs across the country. According to the magazine, the song is experiencing a normal chart climb, and a dozen prominent program directors have reported few to no complaints about the song.
Radio host Bobby Bones helped to fuel the controversy over the misinterpreted lyrics when he asked the band, “Is it frustrating to you that here is your song – that is one of the Top 10 sellers for weeks and weeks and weeks – and people on the radio are still afraid to play it because they think it’s a ‘lesbian song?’ ”
“It would drive me insane!” Bones added.
Fairchild admitted she had been frustrated: “Just the fact that we’re still discussing that, number one, there’s so many problems with that whole issue.”
PEOPLE has reached out to Little Big Town for comment.