I have to admit, I think this is the first time I have ever read a column written by Nancy Langer. I don’t think her op-ed “(Hillary) Clinton should go a ‘little bit country’ to court Trump fans” isn’t totally weird, it’s just mostly weird.
First, Langer wants everyone to know she knows more than just the Donald Trump supporter she slept with once. Second, when she sees “non-college-educated working class whites” she sees “potential Clinton supporters,” where her friends and colleagues on both coasts see “a basket of deplorables.”
After the introductions are out of the way, Langer begins to make her case that one of the ideologies being left out of this campaign is that “America is the greatest nation on earth made stronger by its melting pot; trade with the world is exciting; it’s time for women to rise up and fight oppressive males; and Latino women are pretty damn wonderful.” She came to this conclusion (it seems) by listening to songs by Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert.
Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night” is about more than small towns and big city happenings, according to Langer it’s “an exuberant celebration of global trade and multiculturalism.” I believe Paisley is way smarter than anyone would ever give him credit for, but a song about the celebration of global trade? No way. Not even.
To triumph the American immigrant cause, Langer cites McGraw‘s “Felt Good On My Lips.” Langer claims this tune “romanticizes the literal embrace of Latino women and Latino culture, calling them ‘sweet’ and ‘good.'” She makes no mention of the fact that four people wrote this track. Their other songwriting credits include songs like “Lights Come On,” “All-American Middle Class White Boy” and “Red Solo Cup.” I can’t say for certain, but it’s probably just a song about pretty girls, not the “literal embrace” of anything.
Langer goes on to discuss Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead” to prove that, I think, not everyone supports rape culture?
To end the article, Langer says Clinton shouldn’t alienate Trump supporters or country music fans, but “use surrogates they know and trust, people who can speak their language — those familiar and beloved voices who continue to challenge sexism and support such values as acceptance of strangers.”
What is most odd to me about this entire piece is that Langer clearly thinks all Trump supporters listen to country music and that all country music fans support Trump. What’s even more interesting is that out of the three songs she referenced two of those are sung by two of the more liberal singers in all of country music.
Safe to say, it’s articles like this that are creating such a division in our country. When we paint giant groups of Americans with one broad stroke like this, it doesn’t propel the country forward, it keeps us stagnant and out of touch.
Mostly, I think I can speak for most country music fans when I say this– let’s leave country music out of this election. Please?