Lady Antebellum Changes Their Name, Apologizes for Making Anyone Feel 'Unsafe'

Dave Haywood, from left, Hillary Scott, and Charles Kelley, of Lady Antebellum, arrive at the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

 

My, how quickly the world changes. So far as I can tell, by next Thursday, we may not have a world.

But if we do, and if “country” music hasn’t been banned because the mere term dredges up ideas of evil nationalism, radio stations will no longer be playing music by hit group Lady Antebellum.

All listeners will get anymore is a set of songs by someone known as “Lady A.”

This week, the Grammy-winning trio announced it will change its name due to — in the words of Good Housekeeping — its “complicity.”

Wait — isn’t Good Housekeeping in need of a name change?

Regardless, the band issued a letter to fans making known their regret for not fixing things sooner.

Here’s a bit of what the Lady had to say:

“[O]ur hearts have been stirred with conviction, our eyes opened wide to the injustices, inequality and biases black women and men have always faced and continue to face every day. … After much personal reflection, band discussion, prayer and many honest conversations with some of our closest black friends and colleagues, we have decided to drop the word ‘antebellum’ from our name and move forward… When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern ‘antebellum’ style home where we took our first photos. … But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the civil war, which includes slavery. We are deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused and for anyone who has felt unsafe, unseen or unvalued. Causing pain was never our hearts’ intention, but it doesn’t change the fact that indeed, it did just that.”

Lady A also noted that many may wonder why it took them so long.

Their answer:

“[W]e can make no excuse for our lateness to this realization. What we can do is acknowledge it, turn from it and take action. … We will continue to educate ourselves, have hard conversations, and search the parts of our hearts that need pruning…”

The band also said they’ll be making a donation to the Equal Justice Initiative, which — according to the organization’s website — is “committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”

Moreover, Lady A wants to “be better allies to those suffering from spoken and unspoken injustices…”

Some on social media seemed opposed to the more modern moniker:

At least two users explained what the word means:

And there was this:

Lastly, one user posed an interesting question:

Now that Lady Antebellum’s gone the way of the dodo bird, surely Queens of the Stone Age will follow — if the period just before the Civil War was rough, I can only imagine how unwoke cavepeople were.

And while America’s musical lexicon is getting a millennial makeover, we might wanna rename Dire Straits, which could make people feel insecure, and KISS, which may conjure thoughts of sexual harassment.

Of course, Lady Antebellum has the right to call itself whatever it wishes. And if they like it better, good for them.

What do you think of the change? Is it an improvement?

Either way, I think we can ALL agree on one band’s desperate need to nix their name:

-ALEX

 

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