Though we have come to expect countercultural themes in most mainstream genres like pop and rap, country music has seemed to hold out as long as possible, retaining traditional values in most content. This is certain to change if Billboard has its way.How is Billboard trying to force counterculturalism on good God-fearing Americans? Tell us, NewsBusters.
The main article of its “Beat” this week focused on Kacey Musgraves, a country music artist that in 2014 won CMA’s Song of the Year award for “Follow Your Arrow.” Billboard writer Jewly Hight described the song as a “toast to conformity-bucking, pot-smoking and same-sex affection.”So the song in question has already won one of the top Country Music Association awards, and it's from an album that hit #1 on the country charts, but writing about it now is forcing it on people?
Oh, but, see, it's about queers and wacky tabacky, so it's really, really bad:
Musgrave’s music sounds every bit like all the other country out there, but her lyrics are certainly different: “if you save yourself for marriage you’re a bore,” “kiss lots of boys or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into,” and “when the straight and narrow gets a little too straight, roll up a joint.” How original.And now we get to the gist of Billboard's plot to destroy Western civilization:
The real question, however, is why Billboard would resurrect this song months and months later to write about in a beat column.Um, maybe because Musgraves has a new album coming out in two weeks, as the cited Billboard article notes, and Billboard is just doing what all entertainment-oriented magazines do when a star has a forthcoming project, which is to review the life and career highlights of that star?
No, it can't possibly be that, according to NewsBusters:
Of course Hight’s take is that Musgraves is “confronting entrenched notions of what mainstream country could sound like or say today.”Yes, comrades, you must yield to the forces of weed and same-sex kissing, which are being imposed on you by this trade journal article! House-to-house searches will be imposed shortly to enforce your purchase of Musgraves's new album! (Streaming through an authorized site such as Spotify will also save you from the gulag.)
No doubt she’d like the rest of country music to follow Musgraves’ arrow. That progressivism is entrenched in pop and rock isn’t enough. Country must toe the ideological line.
Um, wasn't Willie Nelson (with whom Musgraves has toured, according to the Billboard article) proselytizing for weed while singing country music forty years ago? And didn't he record a pro-gay song almost a decade ago?
No -- the legalized-weed-and-gay-marriage juggernaut is unstoppable, and it's all the fault of this one Billboard article.