A couple weeks ago, I went to see Miranda Lambert at Madison Square Garden. She put on an incredible show, and we had a really fun evening. My good friend Nick Deutsch, a fellow singer/songwriter (check out his music in the link below), brought me along. It quickly became apparent that we were the only gay men within eye shot. Looking around arena, it was easy to see that this was a very hetero gathering.
Although I’m not entirely sure what her views are on the gay community, she does have a song called “All Kinds of Kinds” that seems to portray one of the characters, a cross dresser, in a positive light. I wasn’t surprised at the lack of a gay crowd at her concert. Though she does not come across as homophobic to me at all. So, in no particular order, here are the reasons I think gay men wouldn’t go to a Miranda Lambert concert.
1) Gay men can’t relate to, or simply don’t enjoy, her music.
Country music has made great strides in the past few years, but it’s no secret it isn’t the most accepting of genres. Many of my friends love country music, but our community as a whole is not known for their love of country music. It’s possible many of us just don’t really like or can’t relate to her brand of song.
2) Marketing departments aren’t interested in marketing towards the LGBTQ community.
It’s very possible the marketing department at her label isn’t interested in attracting a gay following. Maybe they think having us at a concert would isolate the typical country fan. Or maybe they just don’t have any interest in targeting the gay market, even though our dollar bills are just as green as everyone else’s.
3) Fear of homophobia
This is a very rational fear for everyone in the LGBTQ community. The majority of people who are out of the closet (and many who are not) have been the target of homophobia at some point in their lives. I have multiple times, and it’s a very frightening thing. That said, I didn’t experience any of that at the Miranda Lambert concert. In fact, I met several very nice people while waiting in line who promised to listen to The Paisley Fields.
So there you have it, 3 reasons I think gay men wouldn’t go to a Miranda Lambert concert. What are your thoughts? Comment below, and share this post on your social media. In the meantime, check out Nick Deutsch at http://www.nickdeutschmusic.com, and be sure to pick up his new album!