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Wish Me Away (2011)

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After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright becomes the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville, her conservative heartland ... See full summary »


Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Chely Wright ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Archer Jennifer Archer ... Herself
Howard Bragman Howard Bragman ... Himself
Tony Brown Tony Brown ... Himself
Russell Carter Russell Carter ... Himself
Cherie Combs Cherie Combs ... Herself
Rodney Crowell ... Himself
Charlene Daniels Charlene Daniels ... Herself
Welton Gaddy Welton Gaddy ... Himself
Blair Garner Blair Garner ... Himself
Natalie Morales ... Herself
Rosie O'Donnell ... Herself
Meredith Vieira ... Herself
Chuck D. Walter Chuck D. Walter ... Himself
Christipher Wright Christipher Wright ... Himself


After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright becomes the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville, her conservative heartland family and, most importantly, within herself. With unprecedented access over a two-year period, including her private video diaries, the film layers Chely's rise to fame while hiding in the late 90's with the execution of her coming out plan, culminating in the exciting moment when she steps into the media glare to reveal she is gay. The film shows both the devastation of internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life. The film also documents the conflicting responses from Nashville, the heartland and the LGBT community as Chely Wright prepares for an unknown future. Written by Anonymous

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A Nashville Star Comes Out and Finds Her True Voice


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Release Date:

22 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Chely Wright 'vgainei ap' ti doulapa' See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,484, 15 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,461, 8 July 2012
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Chely Wright: I've been having a problem with my editor. We've been going through pictures that we're putting in the book, and she held up a picture of me from the cover of that swimsuit thing. She held it up and said "What were you thinking?" I said, Pardon? She said "Well it's clear that you're playing to a lie here. I said, Playing to a lie? She said "Well it's clear you did this to pretend to be straight." I said, No, I wasn't playing straight, I was playing sensual, I was playing sexy. I can be that, ...
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Inspiring Story about a Country Music Artist
27 November 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

My musical tastes include Country music. I purchased a couple of Chely Wright's CDs years ago, long before this documentary was produced. She is a talented, beautiful woman with a strong instrument.

This documentary, Wish Me Away, besides showing us Chely's roots, counts down the days until her big reveal on NBC's Today Show. She is the first major Country star to say he/she is gay. The film explains her obvious concerns about coming out to friends, relatives, and Country Music fans.

We hear, with heart-wrenching honesty, about the unhappiness and even self-destructive thoughts she had to deal with for years and years. The irony, of course, is that all of her self-flagellation and sadness stemmed from religion, yet she still longs for acceptance from a god figure that cannot tell her she's accepted. Just as she still desires acceptance by her mother, the one who personifies the hatred and abuse of her religious upbringing.

The story is punctuated with discussions about sin, but those discussing it cannot even agree on what sin is. It was a nebulous tormenter that made her question her own self-worth.

Eventually Chely felt that she had to come out, because the promise of self-actualization was stronger than the fear of rejection by others. In the film, we see how distraught she is as the coming out day approaches. She even has to contend with a gay book editor who condemns her for a sexy photograph she posed for, as if all lipstick lesbians are liars. The journey was not simple, though Chely had a circle of close friends who never wavered in their support of her.

Today Chely is a campaigner for equality and understanding in the arena of sexual orientation rights. She is an activist who seems to cherish that role, in part perhaps as compensation for the Country Music fans who abandoned her.

Her story is touching and even tearjerking. More than that, it is important. It is a story of courage that should be viewed by many of the people who would be afraid to view it.

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