It’s really a shame that right now when feminist support is so popular, there is still so much sexism in the world, and country music is one of the biggest offenders. Well, country queen Martina McBride (read: 14-time-Grammy-nominee) is not having any of that.
McBride took to her Facebook page yesterday to ask fans (especially females) how they felt about this quote from Keith Hill, a Texas-based country music radio consultant, that appeared in the latest “Country Aircheck Weekly” publication.
“If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out…Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; 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.”
First of all, if we’re playing the sexism card, I’m pretty sure Luke Bryan and those guys would be considered meat, not lettuce. Secondly, in the words of Mindy Kaling, how very dare you.
McBride, who has sold more than 14 million albums, was rightfully appalled at Hill’s words.
“Wow…..just wow. Just read this from a major country radio publication. How do you feel about this statement? I especially want to hear from the females. Do you not like to hear other women singing about what you are going through as women? I’m really curious. Because to me, country music is about relating. Someone relating to what you are really going through on a day to day basis in your life. Did you girls (core female listeners) know you were being “assessed” in this way? Is this how you really feel? Hmmm….”
I am 100% with Martina and would love to hear more females on the radio. I would not complain if country stations played Kacey Musgraves’ whole album followed by all of Carrie Underwood’s greatest hits and sprinkled in a little Kelsea Ballerini and Cassadee Pope.
Sorry not sorry, but sometimes it’s more fun to listen to songs about not being objectified than it is to listen to songs that tell us to shake it for a man (even though I actually love to jam out to that song).
Anyway, what are your thoughts on sexism in country radio?