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The most sexist, jaw-dropping comments made at the CMT Awards

Chanel Dubofsky is a fiction writer, journalist and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work on gender, sexuality, religion and reproductive justice has been publishing in Cosmopolitan, RH Reality Check, The Billfold, The Toast, The ...

Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs

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Oh, the awards show red carpet. A place of treachery, particularly for women, where they're asked about what they're wearing but not about the thing it is they do. In the case of the 2016 CMT Awards, where the carpet was pink, the comments coming from the hosts, both on the carpet and during the show itself, were consistently ridiculous and made me wonder if I'd actually heard correctly.

1. Katie Cook to Danica Patrick

Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs
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Danica Patrick is a race car driver. A race car driver is an athlete. Katie Cook seemed to be unaware of this fact when she asked Patrick how she kept in shape when the majority of her sport involves sitting down. (Cook prefaced this question by saying, "I don't mean to insult you.") Cue Patrick assuring her that she does, in fact, exercise and describing her physical regimen to Cook. Would it have been impossible to do any research about the athleticism involved in race car driving?

2. Cody Alan to Carrie Underwood

Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs
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CMT red carpet host Cody Alan would like everyone to know that Carrie Underwood smells like spring. (And power. Definitely power, Cody.) It was a fully creepy comment, which Underwood totally handled like a pro, having dealt with gross stuff before in excess. Alan was also very into Underwood's husband, Mike Fisher, and his hockey playing and kept asking her questions about him. (Dude, Carrie Underwood is in front of you. What are you doing?) 

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3. Cody Alan to Kelsea Ballerini

Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs
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Of course, Alan asked Ballerini about her eating habits because he's contractually obligated to or something. She replied that she enjoys McDonald's on occasion, but not all the time, of course. He also asked her thoughts about the pink carpet, which she liked "because I'm a girl."

4. J.J. Watt

Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs
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File cohost Watt's behavior under the category of "yuck." First, there was the comment he made about all beautiful women in the room and then his comment about how he'd like to get with Pitbull's backup dancers, then his inquiry about the marital statuses of the women present, and then he put a random female audience member on his shoulders. Watt: "What? She couldn't see the stage. I'm just being a gentleman. You're not married too, are ya?" Ugh, really, dude? Cringe-y doesn't even begin to cover it.

5. Erin Andrews

Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs
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Cohost Andrews introduced star Luke Bryan before his performance, telling viewers that she'd been asked not to use words such as "chiseled" to describe Bryan. Right, because we wouldn't want to objectify anyone on this show.

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What moments from the CMT Awards made you say "yikes"? Tell us in the comments!

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Female country artists are just as talented as men, but you'd never know that if you just watched the CMTs
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