In 2021, Mickey Guyton ticked several career items off the bucket list, including the release of his long-awaited full album Remember his name, co-hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards with Keith Urban, winning one CMA nomination for New Artist of the Year and three Grammy nominations.
However, as a black country music artist Guyton also long combated racism and sexism and addressed both subjects in songs such as “Black Like Me”, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “I love my hair”. No matter how successful she is, she continues to be a lightning rod for racist comments.
January 8, Guyton share a message she recently received on social media that said, “We don’t want your genre in country music!” All you talk about is your gd d – m race and your skin color! You don’t offer Rap, Hip Hop & R&B? I have to ruin and destroy s – t with your awake bs! Just like you did with MTV! Get the F out of our country music! Twitter suspended the account, although it’s not clear if it was for this specific tweet.
Guyton captioned the post: “Started 2022 with a good ol ‘batch of racism. I am showing you this so that you can continue the fight for equality, love and acceptance.
Country artists were quick to offer their support to Guyton.
The artists who commented on the post were Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Sarah Darling, Lindsay Ell, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, Kree Harrison, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three, Willie Jones, Miko Marks, Maren Morris, Joy Oladokun, Cassadee Pope, Margo Price, Brittney Spencer, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Jennifer Wayne of Runaway June and Yola.
Allen wrote, “Oh you know… just another Saturday for us. The fact that he took the time to write this while having a video game with his profile picture. . This is a joke. I love Sister.
Morris assured: “You are loved” while Price advised: “MUTE LES. Terrible s – t… stay strong ❤️.
Fairchild wrote: “Sorry, Mickey. I send you love. ❤️ “, while Ell wrote:” So sad. I send you love, Mickey. ❤️❤️ You are a queen.
Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line said, “If only this person had been educated in the history of country music. I’m sorry you have to see this BS. Rise above it and keep crushing it. You are loved.”
Spencer shared one of his own experiences with racism as a black country music artist. “I watched someone online say my cover of [Dolly Parton’s] Hard Candy Christmas is like watching a white woman sing a nigga spiritual 🤔💀 “she wrote.” Ppl really shows up in these internet streets. “
Guyton also shared the post on Twitter, saying, “Aww, little Sammy is upset in 2022. Bless your little heart.”
On Twitter, Brown commented, “You’re so strong girl,” while Jones said, “Very little… if the cranky was a white man.”
Tasjan commented: “I love you, Mickey. Big fan of yours.
Yola noted: “These fools honestly believe that black people were not at the genesis of all American music, still in 2022 !? They’re going to be scared when this movie I’m in comes out. Sorry boo, we’re everywhere! # SorryNotSorry I’m sorry, however, that you have to face this nonsense! “