You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Us.
This was supposed to be the year that was different. 2015 has seen Taylor Swift overtaking the world, Miranda Lambert taking home the Best Country Album at the Grammys, and even a chart-topping hit from Maddie & Tae that is actually about sexism in country music. So, how in the WORLD could something so lame-brained be said in public?
But it did happen. Recently music consultant Keith Hill, in an interview with Country Aircheck Weekly (a website and newsletter dedicated to country music), said the following:
"If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out. The reason is mainstream country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70% to 75%, and women like male artists.”
"If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,"- Keith Hill This is he biggest bunch of BULLSHIT I have ever heard.— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) May 28, 2015
I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) May 28, 2015
While you’re picking your jaw up off the floor, we’ll tell you the next piece of wisdom to come out of his mouth:
“They're just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”
Understandably, female country music artists (and many of their male counterparts) have taken serious offense to Mr. Hill’s statements. 14 time Grammy nominee and seller of over 14 million records star Martina McBride took to social media to state her displeasure by saying: "I was taken aback by the comments in the article. I felt them to be sexist and condescending toward female artists.”
Since Mr. Hill made his statement, several artists (including Martina McBride) have been seen wearing assorted Tomato inspired garb, such as shirts, hats, and stickers.
Here's a video by Maddie & Tae about how females are betrayed in most country songs:
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