Kelly Clarkson hit back after a gay contestant on “The Voice” called her “small-minded” for comparing the competitor to singers like Melissa Etheridge.
“Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY. I compared Molly [Stevens] to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller,” the 35-year-old singer tweeted, along with a link to a screenshot to Voice contestant Molly Stevens’ post.
Wow. This really bums me out. I need everyone 2 hear me & hear ALL OF THE WORDS I SAY. I compared Molly to Melissa Etheridge, Patty Griffin (a name that was left out conveniently), & the Indigo Girls purely because of the rasp in her voice & that she’s an amazing storyteller. https://t.co/Ci5fqDKzA3
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) March 27, 2018
The comments come after Stevens, who was eliminated from the show, called the “Voice” judge “small-minded” for comparing her voice to other gay performers in a since-deleted Instagram post.
“While I’m extremely honored to be in that category of talent I do believe that comment did us all a disservice and only threw us into a labeling trap,” Stevens wrote after her elimination. “It felt small minded to me and exactly what I feel we need to bring attention to the world. I am a singer and songwriter who happens to be gay.”
“And so is [Melissa Etheridge] and the [Indigo Girls],” she added. “But it’s a common stereotype that happens too often. People put us in boxes.”
The eliminated Voice contestant has since apologized “for any hurt” she may have caused.
I sincerely apologize for any hurt I may have caused with my words. This was not my intention at all. For the people who know me well, you know my heart well too. I strive to live in truth and light. @kelly_clarkson I truly apologize for thinking differently. I look up to you.
— Molly Stevens Music (@mollystevens_1) March 28, 2018