Remember the good old days, when rejected contestants on American Idol used to just curse out Simon Cowell and wear bikinis and stuff? Now that social media exists, contestants on singing and other talent shows can now publicly broadcast their hurt feelings.
This is precisely what The Voice contestant Molly Stevens did on Instagram. After being eliminated, the singer posted an angry message directed towards Kelly Clarkson. Apparently, the judge compared Stevens to Melissa Etheridge and the Indigo Girls, and Stevens now feels this was a mistake.
“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 in a labeling trap,” she wrote. “It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to in the world. I am a singer songwriter who happens to be gay. And so is @melissa_etheridge and @indigogirlsmusic.”
.@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
Kelly Clarkson responded to the accusation. She was quick to point out that she compared Stevens to these artists, and others, because of the interesting, raspy quality of her voice, and not the fact that they are all gay musicians.
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
Stevens has since deleted the Instagram, of course. She also apologized to Clarkson.
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
Not a very exciting end.