The Unintentionally Offensive

People get offended. Some easier than others. There are plenty of musical artists who fall into the pool of offensiveness with things they say or do. More often than not, rappers are guilty of this charge. Tupac, Three 6 Mafia, Gucci Mane, Kilo Ali, N.W.A, Public Enemy and the list can go on for a while. I feel like this would be a great opportunity for me to insert a fictional Kanye West comment about George Bush and the unfair scrutiny rappers are subjected to by the “public” (your turn to be creative). Currently, as I write, I have Young Jeezy thumping in my head phones seeking inspiration from The Inspiration. What? Ok, I will step down from my soap box and get to the deeper issue presently at hand. Country music. Yes, country music singers get a pass for offensive lyrics the way Ricky Bobby does by saying, “With all due respect.”

Profile: Carrie Underwood. American Idol winner, cute, and blonde. But don’t let her “innocence” intoxicate you to a point where you become unaware of her endorsement of domestic violence. Confused? Allow me to explain:

“Cause I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped-up 4 wheel drive. 
Carved my name into his leather seats. I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights
. Slashed a hole in all 4 tires
. Maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats. 
Oh, maybe next time he’ll think before he cheats
. Oh, before he cheats”

No wonder Tiger crashed into a tree. White girls be crazy. Rumor has it Elin and Carrie have been seen out in public lunching it up lately. Pause. Totally about to tangent here, but isn’t the English language awesome. We just had two words back to back spelled the same, minus the first letter and they are pronounced completely different (“been” and “seen”). Let it marinate. Unpause. Jack Nicklaus, you need to shake Carrie’s hand when you see her.

Let’s examine another girl group encouraging nefarious behavior. The Dixie Chicks. They are the NWA of the country music world, just ask George Bush. That’s two references to the Katrina creator for those counting. I specifically remember a song during my adolescent years from the Dixie Chicks, “Goodbye Earl”. They melodically swooned listeners with a plot and confession of a murder! People just giggled and thought the Dixie Chicks were just joshin’ around with us. Malarkey! I’m calling them out and don’t care who opposes me! Check out these playful lyrics and if you say they aren’t offensive, well then I don’t know how you sleep at night.

“She held Wanda’s hand and they worked out a plan and it didn’t take them long to decide that Earl had to die.
(Later in the chorus)
“Earl we’ll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk.”

Felonious activities, no big deal. Luckily I was too young for these radical women to influence my behavior, I didn’t succumb and become a statistic. I overcame my mother’s constant barrage of KIX 106 and their controversial music choices. I chose to let my homie Tupac and his tribute to his mother, “Dear Mama”, influence my actions instead (pours one out).

I get why people were up in arms about songs like “F#*k the Police”, “187”, “Cop Killer”, and “Tongue Ring”. But, Carrie and the Dixie Chicks are encouraging women to choose violence over communication, which in a fit of rage could be very costly/harmful (Andre Rison). I’m sure there are plenty of women claiming these type of lyrics don’t affect them or they aren’t influenced by such artists. Right. Being a betting man, I’d bet the number of domestic cases and vandalism accounts increased majorly after the debut of Carrie’s song.

Dammit, couldn’t find any facts that would necessarily qualify my previous statement, but I’m sure it’s clearly all covered up because the American Idol machine doesn’t want their poster child to be labeled “gangsta”.

Here’s another slice out of the gangsta pie in country music’s offensiveness bakery.

“I pray your brakes go out running down a hill. 
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the 
head like I’d like to. 
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls. 
I pray you’re flying high when your engine stalls. 
I pray all your dreams never come true. 
Just know wherever you are honey, I pray for you.”

– Jaron and the Long Road to Love, “Pray for You”

The defense rests your honor. *Double pistols at jury* *collar pop* *winks at judge*

Some rappers are very blatant with their offensiveness and that can be off-putting for most. Carrie “Suge Knight” Underwood uses more of a crafty, playful, subtle strategy in her offensiveness. Dixie Chicks aka BWA (“Bitches With Attitudes”) started a movement of debaucherous lyrics in the guitar and twang world. Doubt not, I have other country music stars in my cross hairs too, and I will not stand by and continue to let the country music world veil offensive lyrics with a cute face and dimples. I’m onto your games and my pursuit of equal treatment in the music industry will not be thwarted. TUNECHI.


Posted on by Colin Stovall in Featured, Music

One Response to The Unintentionally Offensive

  1. Caleb Alexander

    Interesting article, and it’s true too. What’s funny is, just as I finished reading the Dixie Chicks one, I immediately began to think about the “Pray for you” song you referenced, then bam, there it was!

    I’ve noticed this about country music. Just think about it, Hank Williams Jr. and Toby Keith can sing about getting plastered drunk/white-boy wasted all the time and people won’t think twice about it. Yet, as soon as someone (that someone most likely being an older/country/conservative) hears Pimp C talking about his “purple drank in his cup,” all of the sudden he’s labeled as druggie. The double standard between country and rap is uncanny. Willie Nelson had his green, why can’t Jeezy have the “arm and hammer with his coke? Haha

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