Saturday, Oct 22, 2011 11:00 AM
“Sometimes living one’s honest life is damn near impossible.” Or so it felt to country music star Chely Wright for most of her closeted life - first raised in a Christian home in a tiny Bible-belt town and then as a member of the sexually repressed and homophobic country music industry in Nashville. Surrounded by a family, community, culture and religion that all believed that being gay is just wrong (and, to many, “of the devil”), Wright prayed regularly for God to rid her of her homosexuality, vowing to give up on love in return. Instead, music became her love, as she scored hits like “Shut Up and Drive” and “Single White Female.” But while her dreams of stardom came true, she remained tormented by her sexuality and paralyzed by the fear of coming out. Would the country music industry tolerate a lesbian in their ranks? Would her fans reject her?
Dirs. Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly, 2011, US, 95 min.