The two country ladies took to social media to call out Keith Hill, a man who oversees 300 country music radio stations, after he said country radio needed to "take females out" in order to boost ratings during an interview with Country Aircheck magazine.
I kid you not.
"Trust me, I play great female records and we've got some right now; they're just not the lettuce in our salad," Hill added in the interview. "The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females."
I am so shocked and appalled that someone that high up on the food chain could be so close-minded that my brain hurts.
And it seems McBride agrees, "Wow... just wow," the singer wrote on Facebook. "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?"
One commenter responded perfectly, "Who cares about 'lettuce,' give me the other ingredients that actually put the flavor in the salad, and make it taste good!"
Lambert also shared her fury.
"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
Even after the backlash, Hill continued to defend his comments.
"I'm not advocating less females on the radio," he said in an interview with The Washington Post. "All I have done is read a dashboard of metrics and read a suggestion to an internal part of the industry." And, at this point, go, The Washington Post, who mockingly calls him the "radio doctor."
"If you play more than 15 percent female on [country] radio, your rating will go down," Hill said.
"I'm the expert here. I'm the one who spent years programming radio, I'm the one who spent years studying music scheduling. And I'm also the one that has programmed radio stations. I know what works."
Personally, I'd like a different expert with different experience — and preferably someone who's not five decades behind the rest of the world — to be giving me my information.
Hill admits he may come off as arrogant. But it isn't his arrogance I'm worried about; it's his blatant disregard for the broad and significant depth women bring to music. He doesn't even take a moment to consider that his statistics might be inherently flawed, outdated and/or biased. I would love to see these so-called "metrics."
And his obvious ignorance of his own bias is disgusting.
With such backward and criminal thinking as this, I only have one question: Where are Hill's resignation papers?
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