Blake Shelton Breaks Silence Over ‘Minimum Wage’ Criticism: ‘It’s Gonna Be a Good Year’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Blake Shelton has an answer for those who were critical of his new song, “Minimum Wage.”

On Monday night, Shelton tweeted: “When your fans Ronnie Dunn and Sammy Hagar have your back, it’s going to be a good year, Bring it on 2021.”

If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest social media dust-up, some fans weren’t thrilled with Shelton’s new single. He sang it Thursday night on NBC’s New Year’s Eve special. Blake Shelton said he wrote the song in admiration of his fiance, pop star Gwen Stefani. It was a family affair. Stefani’s brother, Todd, helped direct the song. It hasn’t been fully released.

The chorus in the Blake Shelton song had some folks upset. The lyric in question? “Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.” Another line that rubbed people the wrong way?

“You can make a one bed room apartment feel like a house up on the hill.”

Fans thought it was tone-deaf. Many people are out of work. Businesses have closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most asked if the song has a demeaning message, especially in the middle of a pandemic that has drastically affected so many.

Some also highlighted that Shelton is one of the richest singers in Nashville. Forbes magazine said Shelton makes $26 million per year as a coach on “The Voice” and about $1 million per stop on his concert tours. Only Luke Bryan made more in country music, the magazine said. If you combine Stefani’s wealth, the two are worth more than $250 million.

Blake Shelton has the image of the charismatic country boy from Oklahoma. His songs generally don’t draw backlash for cultural reasons.

Until his tweet, Shelton hadn’t addressed the firestorm his song created. And Shelton usually isn’t socially media shy.

Ronnie Dunn Responds to Blake Shelton Backlash

Instead, Blake Shelton amplified the words of two singers.

Ronnie Dunn, one half of the country duo Brooks and Dunn, was especially vocal. He was pro-Blake Shelton, saying the backlash was a culture war scam.

He wrote a long post for Twitter, saying “The beef is yet another of those misguided social issue (cultural scams) that are concocted to further divide this country.”

Dunn added that most country stars worked many low-wage jobs before hitting it big. He wrote that he “slept on a mattress on the floor in a musician friend’s spare bedroom and played BEER JOINTS / DIVE BARS for year before” he ever made even a “$100.” He also says that “most country singers pay dues and go through things to become successful that no sane human being would.”

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