Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Mock Obamacare at CMAs

Last night at the Country Music Awards, singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood performed a skit poking fun at Obamacare. Country music–both fans and performers–tends to skew towards the right (well, okay not the Dixie Chicks), but not everyone in the crowd laughed. Until the mention of hemorrhoids, because those are funny. Unless you have them.

As the Underwood and Paisley hit their last line

Obamacare by morning, over six people served

the audience applauded and whooped. Except for one of the night’s winners, Taylor Swift, who looked really confused.

(And what was Carrie Underwood wearing? Was that a chiffon mini-robe with metal farthingales over a black spandex  skirt or maybe those are bike shorts?–yuck!)

George Strait won entertainer of the year. Swift, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Florida Georgia Line, all won two awards each, with Florida Georgia Line the  winning single of the year for their crossover hit “Cruise,” featuring rapper Nelly.



Country Star Coming Out

Country star Chely Wright who scored big hits with with “Single White Female” and  “Shut Up and Drive” is announcing she’s lesbian, according to TMZ and confirmed by other sources.  She is the first major country star to come out.

Chely is a strong supporter of US troops: She performed in Iraq right after the fall of Saddam Hussein; wrote the hit “Bumper of My SUV” in response to an irate woman’s comments about Wright’s United States Marine Corp bumper sticker; and was named Woman of the Year by the American Legion Auxiliary for her support of the troops, charity work and career achievements.

Along with her hit tunes, she has written songs for Brad Paisley, Richard Marx and others, and has had successful independent album releases. Additionally, she founded Reading, Writing, and Rhythm Foundation, which encourages musical education and supplies music instruments to schools. In the insert pages of her new CD Lifted Off the Ground she lists groups for her fans to explore:  GLSEN, Interfaith Alliance, Faith In America and her own foundation Reading, Writing and Rhythm.

So what does this mean? Chely’s announcement–which is linked to the May 4 release of her autobiography Like Me and Lifted Off the Ground–has the potential to shift a lot of  mindsets in many parts of the US where country music is big and in the armed forces which has experienced her unwavering devotion.   I bet folks in Fulton, Mississippi–where Constance McMillen lives–know who Chely Wright is.

Chely has joined the board of Faith In America, whose founder Mitchell Gold commented:

Her life experiences drew her to the work FIA is doing. She knows this is a big part of the change we need.

Gold explained the significance of Chely Wright’s announcement within the LGBT community and in America at large:

We often talk about having the right messengers deliver the messages of equality to various audiences.  Well, now we have one, a shining star  that will touch an audience I dare say none of us could ever dream to.

CSPAN Broadcasts DC “Nerdprom” Tonight

18317.thumbnail.jpgThe annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner is tonight (5pm FDL, 8pm East Coast on CSPAN) and if you can’t wait until then, Twitter hash tag #nerdprom has heaps of updates. The real nerdprom is Comi-Con, but the geeks are all to busy at Star Trek to put a DMCA on the WHCA over the use of term.

Expect both Obama and Wanda Sykes to be funny. Expect to see: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Natalie Portman, Owen Wilson, Eva Longoria Parker, Kevin Bacon, Jon Hamm, Brooke Shields, Ed Westwick, Jessica Szohr, Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper, Kyra Sedgwick, Tyra Banks, Jason Bateman, Natasha Bedingfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, Mariska Hargitay, Felicity Huffman, Samuel L. Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Kate Capshaw, and Chace Crawford.

And lots of newsie anchor types. Fox’s guest, the ever foxy Sarah Palin couldn’t make it. There’s flooding in Alaska and she like has to act like a governor.