A Gay Contestant On The Voice Criticizes H8er Kelly Clarkson for "Labeling"
But was it the contestant who was the h8er all along? You decide. The slamming of the h8ers, whether warranted or not, now comprises about 90% of Hollywood media coverage, and this week The Voice contestant Hopeful Molly Stevens got in on the action by calling out Kelly Clarkson for what she considered to be Clarkson's insensitive remarks regarding her sexuality. After getting kicked off the reality competition, Stevens posted this since-deleted Instagram message:
.@mollystevens_1 I think you need to apologize to @kelly_clarkson . She has Always supported the gay community. As a fan & a gay man I am offended! Sounds like a bit of a sore loser way to go about things!! @NBCTheVoice @AtlanticRecords @GMA @CNN @billboard @MTVNews @TODAYshow pic.twitter.com/BQioGj087J
— Philip R Leodoro (@PhilipRLeodoro) March 27, 2018
While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap. It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world. I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic.
Glad I can work through this one today on a carousel in Central Park with my mom and niece. But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.
And no lesbian wants to be inside a box. Omg kidding! I would never. By publicly voicing discontent after losing a competition, Stevens immediately drew the ire of those who assumed she was simply a poor sport. But Kelly Clarkson took Stevens' message seriously, tweeting the reply:
Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY. I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller. https://t.co/Ci5fqDKzA3
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) March 27, 2018
Can someone do Stevens a favor and set a timer for fifteen minutes? Omg kidding! I can attest to being overly sensitive about my gayness in high-pressure situations, and it doesn't get much more high-pressure than standing in front of talented celebrities and Adam Levine while opening yourself for judgment. Once Stevens realized that the buck pretty much stopped at Clarkson's message, she tweeted the apology:
I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words. This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you.
— Molly Stevens Music (@mollystevens_1) March 28, 2018
Should Clarkson have chosen her songstress comparisons more wisely, or is Stevens simply leveraging innocent feedback for media coverage?