Jake Owen didn't have any hesitation about celebrating Pride Month and took to his Instagram to rejoice in queer culture with a cover of Cher's "Believe." Unfortunately, not all were pleased with the singer's advocacy, but he hit back hard.
"Suddenly I feel sick that I have tickets to your show here on Thursday night," one user wrote, before accusing Owen of deleting her original comment. "I'm sorry you feel sick that you have tickets to my show Thursday night," the 37-year-old singer replied. "Maybe it would do you good to come out, smile, laugh, sing along with a bunch of strangers that are all going through what we call 'life.' I definitely didn't delete your comment or anyone's comment from this feed. It's really only you and few other ignorant people that make yourself look silly."
"You need one," he continued. "If you decide not to come, trust me ... we will all be okay. We like to share our shows with people that are kind, and loving."
In his post, Owen argued that love is simply love. "Some of my closest friends and coworkers, are part of the #lgbtcommunity and I couldn’t be more happy for the progress they have made. I’m inspired by people loving people no matter who you are. I BELIEVE the world needs more love. No matter where it comes from," he wrote. Owen went on to admit that he Google'd the "gayest" songs of all time and decided to put a country spin on the pop titan's classic with his musicians. "Hope you dig. I plan on releasing all of these backstage random songs we’ve created very very soon. Stay tuned friends, and most importantly, love everyone," he concluded with a rainbow emoji.
WorldPride 2019 is in full effect and iHeartPride is celebrating the monumental June celebration with all kinds of coverage. iHeartRadio, Z100 New York and 103.5 KTU are Presenting Media Sponsors for NYC Pride and we’re taking the milestone to heart with LGBTQ-focused coverage on everything from entertainment, politics and details on the summer festivities. After all, it does coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Stay tuned for more on World Pride 2019 and keep an eye out for our float in the Big Apple’s all accumulating parade on June 30!
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