I believe Chely Wright was referring to corporate Nashville, not necessarily her fans. I'm sure she did lose some fans when she came out, but I don't think it was really that many. And I certainly don't think that other country artists just started hating her when they woke up one morning. The fact is that she was not really relevent in Nashville when she came out so other artists probably just left it alone.
The Dixie Chicks made a very highly publicized comment about our president while in a foreign country, at a time when emotions were still high about 9/11 and the war. Most of the outrage was ridiculous, but the fans were the ones coming out with the hate, not corporate Nashville. I think they were even nominated for a country music award that year...
To answer the original question: yes, some people feel that failure is linked to discrimination. But other people don't feel that way. I think it all boils down to whether or not the person looks for discimination or not in the situation. Have they witnessed actual discrimination that caused the failure, or are they looking for it?
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