Martina McBride Sexism Rant Blasts Country Radio
Martina McBride’s sexism rant calls out Keith Hill, a Texas-based country music radio consultant, for saying that women’s country songs shouldn’t be played as much as men’s.
The country singer blasts country radio, and shared her views on sexism against women in a lengthy Facebook post.
“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,” Martina McBride, Independence Day singer, wrote.
“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….”
McBride then shared the selection from the article in which Hill discussed his views about females not having as much air time as their male counterparts.
“This One’s Not For The Girls: Finally, Hill cautions against playing too many females. And playing them back to back, he says, is a no-no. ‘If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out,’ he asserts. ‘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. I’m basing that not only on music tests from over the years, but more than 300 client radio stations. The expectation is we’re principally a male format with a smaller female component. I’ve got about 40 music databases in front of me and the percentage of females in the one with the most is 19%. 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.’ “
Jennifer Nettles of the country group Sugarland also had something to say about Hill’s remarks. She took to her Twitter account to share her thoughts on the matter.
“Don’t worry babe. I see an opportunity here. [A] big ole vagina shaped opportunity.
#yesisaidvagina #trynottofaint” she tweeted.
Don’t worry babe. I see an opportunity here. I big ole vagina shaped opportunity. #yesisaidvagina#trynottofainthttps://t.co/ELeiTURgXe
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) May 27, 2015
Country music superstar Miranda Lambert also took to social media to display her outrage over Hill’s sexist comments.
“”If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,”- Keith Hill This is he biggest bunch of B****** I have ever heard,” she tweeted, and then added, “I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.”
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
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