Four Intense Controversial Country Moments

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LeAnn Rimes And Eddie Cibrian Visit Disneyland - October 8, 2010

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If there’s one thing country music stars know it’s passion.  Passion for their music, passion for their fans and passion to defend themselves whenever something feels threatening.  While there have been plenty of feuds within the country scene, there have been quite a few that have really shown the teeth of this genre.  Hey, at least they might get some great songwriting material from it, right?

1.  Blake Shelton takes on Westboro Baptist Church

You’ve heard of their pickets, protests and speeches to the world trying to spread ‘love’ and Bible teachings, but the Westboro Baptist Church have gotten the reputation of teaching anything but hate and discrimination.  Recently, this group took to their Twitter account to announce that they would be protesting Blake Shelton’s Kansas concert because he divorced his first wife to marry Miranda Lambert.  According to the group, his first wife is his only wife and they even went so far as to call Miranda a ‘whore’.

Of course, The Voice coach didn’t take too kindly to the words and began a Twitter war with the group, tweeting “Hey WBC.. I’ve got one more sin for ya… Blow me” and a slew of other rants.  The group plans to picket the singer’s October 3 show.

2.  LeAnn Rimes’ constant war with Brandi Glanville

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville has been a constant face in the media for more than her awkward reality show.  Gossip sites fiend over her ongoing war with LeAnn Rimes after Rimes married Glanville’s ex, Eddie Cibrian. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened:  LeAnn met Eddie on the set of their lifetime movie Northern Lights in 2009.  At the time, she was married to Dean Sheremet, but LeAnn and Eddie began seeing each other.  Brandi caught wind of it and filed for divorce from Eddie and custody of their two kids.  As soon as Eddie and LeAnn began to get serious, the feud became a fixture between the threesome, using Twitter mostly to argue with one another.

LeAnn admitted on Chelsea Lately that the reasoning behind using Twitter to debunk lies is because “[Brandi] tweets a lot to herself and I sometimes reply.  When there’s a ton of lies always spread about me, sometimes I have to spread it out.”

Currently, the two are still far from BFFs but are keeping it civil during family get togethers like soccer matches for the kids and other public outings involving the children.

3.  Brad Paisley gets flack for his song “Accidental Racist”.

When Brad Paisley released his album Wheelhouse, it wasn’t the lead single “Beat This Summer” that was getting the attention, it was a track deep in the track list titled “Accidental Racist” that had people talking.  With lyrics like “Our generation didn’t start this nation, and we’re still picking up the pieces, walking on eggshells, fighting over yesterday. Caught between southern pride and southern blame… Cause I’m a white man, living in the South land,” it soon became a topic of conversation not only among country fans, but music fans all over the world.

Gawker.com revealed their opinion, calling it a “real, horrible song” and The Atlantic wrote that the song is an example of “how not to sing about the Confederate flag.”  While many critics slammed the song, that also features LL Cool J, both artists are sticking to their guns on the importance of such a song.

On April 10, Paisley was a guest on Jay Leno and spoke out about the controversy: “In the song, really what we’re trying to do is explore what happens when two people have a dialogue. The entire album, ‘Wheelhouse’ is meant to touch on some themes that aren’t normally touched on in music, and in the context of this record, the song makes a little more sense. But it feels like when you take the song out of this record, it’s like, ‘What? What got him on that?’ It’s kind of unfortunate, but at the same time, maybe something good can come from this.”

4.  Blake Shelton gets blasted by Eric Church

In 2012, Eric Church did an interview with Rolling Stone that soon went down in country history as one of the most honest interviews of his career.  One of the main points?  The influx of reality shows in the current musical world.  In short, Eric Church said that it’s crazy that Blake Shelton can turn around in a red chair and suddenly, someone’s got a record deal.  He continues that being a judge on those shows doesn’t make you an artist anymore, it ruins the legacy of everything you’ve created.  He finishes saying he’ll never personally make that mistake, even if he has to starve.

Not taking it lightly, Blake Shelton tweeted a link to the article saying “I wish I misunderstood this” and his wife, Miranda Lambert, even took to her husband’s defense. “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. You’re welcome for the tour in 2010,” she tweeted.

Of course, Eric’s camp soon released a statement saying what was written was part of a bigger conversation but he still holds true to his thought… that it takes hard work and dedication to make it in the music industry, not a random off-chance game show win.

Which moment do you think is the biggest?

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