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:

 

 

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:

 

 

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:

 

 

Should Clarkson have chosen her songstress comparisons more wisely, or is Stevens simply leveraging innocent feedback for media coverage? 

H/T: People

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More carefully? Than what???  Melissa Etheridge is a kick-ass rock and roller from back when; and the Indigo girls are so indie that they make my ears bleed.  That a contestant's voice reminded Clarkson of them is very high praise, indeed.  IMHO, Stevenson's reading way too much into an innocent compliment. ...   Reminds me of the time Oprah withdrew her book-club invite to an author who felt it threatened his purity.

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As a gay man, I have Nothing but love for Kelly Clarkson.  Molly is very talented, but took it wrong, as both parties have fessed up.  Molly apologized.  Love abounds.  

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