Country music star Blake Shelton’s newest single is creating a negative backlash toward the award-winning singer and songwriter.
Shelton debuted his newest offering “Minimum Wage” on NBC’s New Year’s Eve celebration event. Shelton, along with others, was featured during the broadcast to usher in the new year. He told show host Carson Daly that the song is about his love for his soon-to-be wife, Gwen Stefani. The singer reportedly helped to get her brother Todd on board to direct a music video for Shelton.
While Shelton insists the song’s theme is about the love of his life, critics describe it as “tone-deaf.” Many point to the struggle of Americans to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic as a reason the song is getting heat.
Millions have found themselves out of work since the pandemic struck early in 2020. Numerous businesses have been forced to lay off long time employees due to falling profits.
Critics are pointing to a specific lyric in the song in which love is said to make a person feel rich despite financial insecurity.
“Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage,” the song lyric goes.
Blake Shelton Song Comes Under Social Media Fire
Soon after hearing Shelton’s newest song, many took to social media to verbally scold the singer for his “tone-deaf song.” Twitter users say the song “rubbed them the wrong way” and the song’s message is appropriate in the current financial climate.
“Does anyone else find Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” song to be incredibly tone deaf to our country’s current state?” a Twitter user asks.
Some even took to social media to suggest that Shelton make a public apology about what they view as an “insensitive” song.
The song has not yet been fully released and Shelton has not yet made comment on the social media backlash.
H/T: Fox News