Blake Shelton Will NOT Apologize After ‘Minimum Wage’ Backlash, Calling It ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’
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Blake Shelton is facing backlash over his new single ‘Minimum Wage.’ Fans are calling him tone-deaf for writing a song about financial struggles during a time of high unemployment when he is a millionaire. Currently, with the COVID-19 Pandemic, many people have lost their jobs and are low on money. The singer defended his song and explained to CMT the true meaning of the lyrics.
Blake Faces Criticism for New Single
Blake decided to perform his new song ‘Minimum Wage’ on New Year’s Eve. In the song he says, “Girl looking at you, looking at me that way could make a man feel rich on minimum wage.”
Following the performance, fans took to Twitter complaining that the song is insulting to hard-working Americans. One user tweeted, “Does anyone else find Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” song to be incredibly tone-deaf to our country’s current state?” This tweet got a lot of responses from users who also felt the same.
“Yep. Especially considering he’s most definitely not drinking “beer on the carpet” whatever that means… also— Gwen Stefani was rich when he married her— if I were her this would make me wish I’d signed that prenup.” Responded one user.
Blake Shelton Defends Himself
Despite the critiques, Blake called the negative reviews on the single “Absolutely Ridiculous.” The country singer spoke to CMT and explained the lyrics. “It’s literally a love song about how if times are tight and you ain’t got much money — as long as you have love and you’re happy — at the end of the day, that’s all any of us can really hope for,” he stated. “You got it if you got that. That’s all that matters. And if that’s offensive to you, then we’ll just have to agree to disagree.”
He also spoke about how before he became a Grammy Winner he struggled financially for years. “Just like probably 95 percent of artists out there, I struggled for so long to get by. But at the end of the day, I wouldn’t trade those times for anything, those days when the big struggle was, ‘Man, do I pay my rent or my electric bill, or do I just say screw it and go buy some beer?.'”
The country singer is not going to apologize for his lyrics and many of his fans stood by and defended him. Despite this, he is currently enjoying his engagement with Gwen Stefani who he works alongside on ‘The Voice’. They have been dating for five years.