Mickey Gayton has always been upfront about being a black woman in country music, and has never been shy about sharing the ups and downs of her career.
The country singer shared one of her worst moments on her Instagram on Saturday, January 8, showcasing the kind of negative comments sent her way. In her post, Gayton, 38, shared a screenshot of a racist message directed at her on Twitter.
“MickeyGuyton, we don’t want your favorite country music!” Read the tweet to Guyton in part. “All you people talk about is your damn race and skin color!”
In the caption, she wrote, “I started 2022 with a good batch of racism. I’m showing you this so you keep fighting for equality, love and acceptance.”
The comment section of Gayton’s post was flooded with love and support for the singer from fans, peers and members of the country music community, condemning a Twitter user’s message to her.
Maren Morris, who previously spoke about the lack of diversity in country music, gave her support to the singer who wrote, “You’re lovable. 💕.”
Questlove commented, “We’re here standing up for you. KEEP GOIN! (Keep the receipts too 🤨).”
“It’s very unfortunate and sad,” wrote Al Roker’s wife, Deborah Roberts. “Stay strong and focus on your beautiful work your beautiful soul!”
“They say it with their fists in plain sight,” country singer Cassady Pope wrote. “You have a Quest Love handle his support here and that means Mickey-18383292049430, Idiotic Internet Racist Troll-0.”
Country singer Britney Spencer knew what Gayton was going through all too well, as she shared her own experience with a racist blow on social media.
She wrote, “I’ve seen someone online basically say that my Hard Candy Christmas cover is like watching a white woman sing a Negro spiritual.” “People are really showing up on these internet streets.”
Gayton also responded to the tweet on Twitter with humor and compassion, writing: “Wow little Sami is upset in 2022. Bless your little heart.”
The Twitter user who originally tweeted the comment has since made his account private.
Guyton made history last year when she became the first black solo artist to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the country music category. She has opened up in interviews about her role in country music and providing acting and inspiration to young girls.
In an interview with The Tennessean last November, she discussed her song “Love My Hair” and its meaning, explaining, “This song is all about self-love.”
“We talk about loving our hair as black women,” she continued. “It is too [about] We really love who we are. I think many of us are pretty mean to ourselves, and we have to learn to love ourselves a little bit. I really hope it touches a lot of people.”
Gayton’s hope came true in her music, explained a young student named Faith Fennedy, who gave the singer’s performance of the tune at the 2021 Country Music Association Awards. NBC News reported in 2018 that Fennedy, as it turns out, was the inspiration for the song after it was sent home from School at the age of 11 because of her braided hair extensions.
“A few years ago, I was sent home from school because my braids were a distraction,” Venidi explained. “It was devastating for me. But this next artist created this song to make sure girls like me feel seen and loved. And that’s how I turn something painful into something so positive. With your help, we can work together to ensure that the next generation grows up in a respectable and open world. For natural hair.”