Country legend Clint Black weighs in on Chely Wright

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith Many in the celebrity field are predicting that country star Chely Wright has put her career in harm’s way with the admission in her new ‘Like Me’ autobiography that she is gay.

County legend Clint Black is not so sure. He says, ‘I think the audience is sophisticated enough to give people the freedom to be what they are. But I believe there may be powers that be in radio and within record companies who will feel the news may be too much for a country audience. People here listen to music with little kids and pushing sexuality too strong may cause harm. It all depends how Chely handles the situation. They don’t want to have to turn the radio off because there are youngsters in the house. Having a young daughter myself I have to be conscious of the birds and bees, if you how what I mean.’ Clint’s daughter Lily by wife Lisa Hartman, is nine years old.

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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One Comment

  • May 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    So, Clint thinks Chely’s songs will be sexually explicit and inappropriate for children just because she’s gay? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.

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