Two kinds of opportunism. Which kind is worse?

So I saw this, at The 9513:

After a string of seven singles that failed to break the Top 10, Darryl Worley goes back to the well of “common sense” populism he’s best-known for.

Take that, and put it next to Chely Wright’s coming out as a lesbian right about the time her new album comes out, and it poses an interesting question: Which kind of opportunism is more pathetic? Timing your coming out as a lesbian with the release of your new album after you haven’t had a hit in almost ten years, or going back after a five-year dry spell to the crass political pandering that got you your last big hit? I would say the latter is worse, even if I might agree with the song’s sentiments. I might have liked “Have You Forgotten” and “Keep The Change” more if they’d been done by bigger, more consistent stars than Darryl Worley, but as things are I think he’s just trying to cash in on current events and that just REALLY rubs me the wrong way. I can’t explain exactly why, but I just find Chely Wright’s coming out at the same time as her new album to be not quite THAT grating. Thoughts, folks?


One Response to “Two kinds of opportunism. Which kind is worse?”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Sabra (
    You know, there’s a difference between going back to the stuff that made you famous and working to create controversy out of whole cloth in an attempt to revive a flagging career. I might agree with you, were it not for all the gnashing of teeth and rending of clothes over whether Nashville would accept her GAYNESS. Darryl Worley is doing what Darryl Worley’s always done.
    May 28, 2010, 5:31:23 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    thepistolero (
    I see where you’re coming from, Sabra, but for the fact that Worley wasn’t always political. I have the first couple of cds he released before Have You Forgotten (Hard Rain Don’t Last and I Miss My Friend) and there was none of this type of thing on them. In fact, Dreamworks took six songs off those first two albums and matched them with “Have You Forgotten” and three other new songs to make the third disc, which to me made “Have You Forgotten” look even more opportunistic. I will acknowledge that was probably not Worley’s doing. Maybe I’m just nitpicking, though; I do agree with you regarding the gnashing of teeth over Nashville’s acceptance (or lack thereof) of Chely Wright’s homosexuality. That was and is just WAY over the top.
    May 29, 2010, 9:48:13 AM CDT

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