Artists Rally Around Mickey Guyton After Twitter Troll Sends Racist Message
Mickey Guyton is always open about the struggles she faces as a Black woman in country music and often shares…
Mickey Guyton; Photo by Donn Jones, CMA
Mickey Guyton is always open about the struggles she faces as a Black woman in country music and often shares her experiences through her song lyrics and social media posts.
Never one to shy away from the challenges she faces as both a woman and person of color in the music industry, Guyton has become a voice for others who face similar issues.
Over the weekend, she brought to light the kind of negativity that is often sent her way after a Twitter troll blasted her with a racist message.
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“@MickeyGuyton We don’t want your kind in country music!” the tweet to Guyton read. “All you people talk about is your god damn race and skin color! Don’t you effers have Rap, Hip Hop, and R&B? GOTTA RUIN AND DESTROY SHIT WITH YOUR WOKE BS! JUST LIKE Y’ALL DID WITH MTV!! GET THE F OUT OF OUR COUNTRY MUSIC!!!!”
“Started off 2022 with a good ole batch of racism,” Guyton captioned the post that included a screenshot of the tweet. “I show you this so you guys continue the fight for equality and love and acceptance.”
Guyton also responded to the tweet on Twitter saying, “Aww little Sammy is upset in 2022. Bless your little heart.”
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) January 8, 2022
A slew of artists, including Runaway June’s Jennifer Wayne, Maren Morris, Brittney Spencer, Dean Brody, Nelly Joy, Jimmie Allen, Cassadee Pope, The Cadillac Three‘s Jaren Johnston, Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild, Margo Price, Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard, Natalie Hemby, Lindsay Ell, Kree Harrison, Britnee Kellogg, Meghan Linsey, Worth The Wait, Morgxn, Laci Kaye Booth and more, showcased their support for Guyton in the comments section on her post.
“So sorry, Mickey. Sending you love. ❤️,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild shared, while Lindsay Ell wrote, “So sad. Sending you love, Mickey. ❤️❤️ You are a queen.”
Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard also offered Guyton words of encouragement, writing, “If only this person was educated on the history of country music. I’m sorry you have to see this BS. Rise above and keep crushing it. You are loved.”
After The Roots’ drummer and vocalist commented, “We here standing with you. KEEP GOIN! ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 (Keep receipts too 🤨),” Cassadee Pope said, “And they say it with their handle in plain sight. 🤦♀️ You’ve got Quest Love processing his support on here so that means Mickey-18383292049430, Idiotic Internet Racist Troll- 0.”
Jimmie Allen and Brittney Spencer empathized with Guyton, sharing their similar experiences within the comments section.
“Oh you know… just another Saturday for us,” Allen acknowledged. “That fact that he took time out of his day to write this while having a video game have his profile pic. 😂😂. He’s a joke. Love sis ✊🏽.”
Spencer shared, “I watched someone online basically say my cover of Hard Candy Christmas is like watching a white woman sing a negro spiritual 🤔💀 ppl really be showing out on these internet streets.”
Additionally, Kane Brown showcased his support for Guyton with a tweet to the “Black Like Me” singer that reads, “You so fn strong girl. ❤️”
You so fn strong girl ❤️
— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) January 9, 2022
The Twitter incident comes after Guyton made an appearance on Face to Face With Becky G where she discussed racism and sexism in country music.
When asked if there’s been change within the country music industry, Guyton acknowledged, “Slow change, but there has been change.”
“When I go back to Nashville, to these different award shows, I see Black people behind the scenes, Latinos behind the scenes, and that’s something I had never seen,” she continued. “It is so beautiful to see people realize that we are so much better together than we are apart.”
Last year, Guyton made history when she became the first-ever Black solo female artist to be nominated in a country music category at the GRAMMYs.
She’s currently nominated for three awards at the upcoming 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Best Country Album for her debut album, Remember Her Name as well as Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for the project’s title track, “Remember Her Name,” written by Guyton with Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram, and Parker Welling.
She is now the first Black artist to be nominated for Best Country Album in GRAMMY history, according to The Tennessean.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.