Country music singer and gay-rights activist Chely Wright took to Facebook Tuesday to blast “straight, white, Christian men” and their failure to understand political correctness.
“Something I’ve noticed on social media is that those who continually mock and complain that ‘political correctness is rampant and ridiculous — yada yada yada’ are most always straight, white, Christian males,” Ms. Wright, 44, wrote. “They’re people who’ve never had to rely on others to speak up for them to protect and correct systemic injustices that society has leveled upon them.”
“What they fail to understand is that there is a valid and profound reason that the term ‘political correctness’ exists,” she continued. “The term was born out of a desperate need to aid and to render fairness and safety. So many straight, white, Christian men have a lot of fun throwing the words ‘political correctness’ around as a pejorative, but to me and many others, it only serves to identify them as a person who lacks empathy and kindness.”
“Additionally, I’d bet my eyeteeth that these men were often the big, mouthy bully on the playground at school who picked on the poor kid, the handicapped kid, the gay kid, the kid with glasses, the black kid and the kid with a single parent,” the singer, who is a lesbian, concluded.
Ms. Wright’s post was shared more than 300 times and liked by more than 3,000 people. The comments, however, were mostly negative, with many self-proclaimed straight, white, Christian men coming to their own defense.
“Wow Chely, first let me apologize to you for being born a white male Christian,” Herb Mogck wrote. “I have always tried to be a good person and treat everyone with respect because that’s how my parents raised me. Thanks for the general slap in the face. I know that you won’t response to this but I thought that I would let you know how I feel.”
“Chely, kinda looks like you’re the bully, now,” Jeff Burns wrote. “I, like countless other white Christian men, often was the kid that was picked on (often by teachers) and made friends with the poor kids, kids with the thick glasses, and the kid in the wheelchair and stuck up for and protected them … because I believed Christ would have me to do so. So much for your eye teeth I guess.”
“You’re full of crap, point blank. Here you are, defending against stereotypes, but have NO PROBLEM labeling a certain population as lacking empathy and mocking them as bullies. I’m frankly tired of straight white Christian men being deemed the enemy,” Amy Fougere wrote. “I’m also tired of having to tiptoe around truth because we are afraid of ‘offending’ people. Pretty ironic you’re a ‘star’ using facebook to BULLY and STEREOTYPE.”