Reba McEntire Opens up About ‘Being Ignorant’ Regarding Racial Issues

by Thad Mitchell

In the most recent edition of her podcast, country music Superstar Reba McEntire admits to “being ignorant” on some racial issues.

McEntire hosts the “Living and Learning with Reba McEntire” weekly podcast along with her co-host Melissa Peterman. This week the duo touches on the subjects of race and “cancel culture” among other items of interest. They were joined this week on the podcast by Author Jen Hatmaker and television host of Netflix’s Queer EyeKaramo Brown.

“I learned so much from this week’s conversation about cancel culture with @jenHatmaker and Karamo,” McEntire tweets. “Join me and @followtheblonde for an all new episode of our @spotify original podcast, Living and Learning with Reba McEntire.”

After discussing the effects of cancel culture on today’s society and being in the “public eye” McEntire admits to racial ignorance when she was younger.

“Do you feel scared about saying things while in the public eye?” Peterman asks her.

“My eighth grade teacher, Mr. Roberts, used to say ‘think before you speak,'” McEntire responds. “I use that advice now more than ever.”

The country queen went on to tell a story regarding an African American backup singer, saying she learned a good deal from one particular instance. McEntire says she approached the singer and asked what she preferred to be called. The singer responded by saying she is black. McEntire says in the podcast that the conversation led to them growing closer.

“It made me feel closer to her because we talked about it,” she says. “It was just my ignorance. I’m not stupid. I was ignorant to it.”

Reba McEntire Hosting CMA Awards with Darius Rucker

In other news regarding the “Fancy” singer, she is gearing up to host the CMA Awards Show. Darius Rucker, country star and former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman, joins McEntire in hosting duties.

While McEntire is a veteran in the hosting game, Rucker admitted earlier this month to being nervous about taking the stage alongside country music icon McEntire. This year’s show marks Reba’s fifth time hosting the awards ceremony.