Kelly Clarkson is firing back at a eliminated “the Voice” contestant who called her “small minded.”
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An eliminated contestant on “The Voice,” called out Kelly Clarkson for “small minded” in a since deleted Instagram post after she said the coach compared her with the Indigo Girls and Melissa Etheridge during the show’s battle rounds.
“I am extremely honored to be in the category’ talent, I think, is that note did us all a disservice, and only threw us into a labeling trap ” competitor Molly Stevens wrote after her elimination last week, according to a screenshot of the post shared on social media. “It felt small-minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world.”
The singer continued, “I am a singer and songwriter who happens to be gay. And so [Melissa Etheridge] and the [Indigo Girls].”
The message triggered a storm on social media, with die-hard Clarkson fans flock to the “American Idol” alumn’s defense, says Stevens understood the responses. Clarkson took to Twitter herself to clarify her words, pointing out that Stevens “conveniently” failed to mention singer-songwriter Patty Griffin during her Instagram rant.
“Wow. This is really for me. I need everyone 2 hear me and hear ALL THE WORDS that I SAY,” Clarkson tweeted on Tuesday. “I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that is useful), and the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice and that she is a great storyteller.”
Wow. This is really for me. I need everyone 2 hear me and hear ALL THE WORDS that I SAY. I comparison with Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that is useful), and the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice and that she is a great storyteller. https://t.co/Ci5fqDKzA3
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) March 27, 2018
Fans of Clarkson demanded an apology from Stevens.
“I think you need to apologize to @kelly_clarkson,” a fan wrote. “She has Always supported the gay community. As a fan, and a gay man, I am offended! Sounds like a bit of a sore loser way to go about things!”
Stevens obliged, apologizing on Twitter Tuesday night for “all the pain I may have caused with my words.”
“I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that is useful), and the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice and that she is a great storyteller.”
– Kelly Clarkson
“This was not my intention. For the people that know me well, you know my heart too well. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I really have to apologize for thinking differently. I look at you,” she added.
Clarkson has yet to respond to Stevens’ apology. The original “American Idol” winner has shown her support for the LGBTQ community over the years, with a same-sex couple in her “Tie It Up” music, video and calls with Pride Source, also known as the star of a “gay icon.”
“I don’t ever look at a fan as a gay fan or a gay fan or a straight fan – I never got to see. Fans are fans, and what our lives are, regardless of what path we are, the music is the one thing that connects us,” Clarkson told the site in March 2015 interview.