Rascal Flatts, or Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney, the trio who make up the group, have released a new single called "Love Who You Love."
Some of their fans, of which I am not--not because I don't like them, because I don't know them.....I don't really follow country music much, except for my Dixie Chicks--are interpreting the song as an anthem of acceptance and love for their gay fans because of its non-gender-specific lyrics.
The band is welcoming that interpretation.
Are they welcoming it because they like the idea, or they like the idea of a hit record?
Gary LeVox: "We actually have some gay people that work with us, and we have a lot of friends that are gay, too, and I know that this song has inspired them. I know that coming out was tough on their parents and on them and the whole entire family. For a long time, some of them didn’t get to hear ‘I love you’ from their dads or be accepted in that way. It’s helped a lot of our friends."
Nice sentiment, but please, can we all make a pledge to stop using that old chestnut "Some of my best friends are gay?"
Don Rooney: “That’s what’s cool about our music. You can interpret (it like) that. If you get that — it’s perfect. If you are someone who’s gay or someone who’s straight, you still feel something from the song, and that’s what we want.”
Or, do you want another gold record, so you'll do and say anything to sell it?
Jay DeMarcus: “We don’t judge anybody’s lives."
How noble of you.
Maybe I'm just a bit cynical today.