In a post debunking the latter, Mark Lowry concludes by whining about the “stupid” rumors that people start, as if this came from someone who got up this morning and said, “Gee, I think I’ll start a big fat lie about David Phelps dying in a car wreck so I can piss Mark Lowry off.”
I don’t doubt that these things have to be annoying to people in Lowry’s and Phelps’s position. But I also suspect the origins of this sort of stuff are as often as not pretty benign.
Celebrities generate some pretty strong attachments among some fans, whose enthusiasm can lead to stories and bits of misunderstood gossip getting jumbled up in an imagination fueled by strong desires for opportunities (like car accidents or other Major Life Events) to express superfan concern and support for the beloved performer. You’d think a guy like Lowry, who’s spent nearly his entire life in entertainment (and actually been in a really serious accident), wouldn’t default to such an ungenerous set of assumptions about the people who have made him a household name in Christian music.Email this Post