Blake Shelton has been criticized for his new song "Minimum Wage" being inconsiderate.
The song contains the lyric: "Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage."
Blake Shelton is getting backlash from fans thanks to his new song "Minimum Wage," which some argue is thoughtless considering the job loss and financial hardship many people have experienced during the coronavirus pandemic.
The singer dropped the single during NBC’s New Year’s Eve special, and while it's apparently meant to be a love song about Gwen Stefani, it contains the lyric "Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage."
As Page Six reports, people didn't hesitate to voice their criticism — with one person asking Blake "do you even know what the minimum wage is" and another saying "Blake Shelton singing 'your love could make a man feel rich on minimum wage' just cements the fact that rich people have absolutely no fucking clue." Many were quick to point out that Blake is worth $100 million.
blake shelton singing “your love could make a man feel rich on minimum wage” just cements the fact that rich people have absolutely no fucking clue
— cece 🦇 (@cecemado) January 1, 2021
Does anyone else find Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” song to be incredibly tone deaf to our country’s current state?
— Kyle Kramer (@KYLE0REN) January 1, 2021
The irony of listening to a millionaire Blake Shelton singing about “love on minimum wage” at the end of 2020 might be lost on its target audience #NewYearsRockinEve
— Dr. Jolene Masone (@jkmbassoon) January 1, 2021
Blake Shelton really released a song with the lyrics "you make a man feel rich on minimum wage" ummmm sir you are a billionaire like ?????? pic.twitter.com/ci94BFVd1V
— KayLee (@mrsbrightside96) January 2, 2021
glad to see blake shelton read the fucking room before releasing his new song called..... minimum wage 🥴🥴
— kayla dunne (@kayla__dunne) January 2, 2021
Losing my mind watching Blake Shelton, a man who has $100M, sing "Your love is money, you make me feel rich on minimum wage" to close out 2020
— Amber wants a Green New Deal 🌹 (@Amber_Dawn89) January 1, 2021
To be clear, plenty of fans definitely enjoyed and defended the song — but it was also pointed out that "There's a time for songs like Minimum Wage but it isn't now. It's not relatable. People are out of work due to the pandemic. They're fighting for their livelihoods as businesses are forced to close."
I wish he wrote more of his own music because he's an incredible song writer. There's a time for songs like Minimum Wage but it isn't now. It's not relatable. People are out of work due to the pandemic. They're fighting for their livelihoods as businesses are forced to close
— Eric (@Elbrones) January 3, 2021
All I've got to say is I'm sure Blake Shelton had a minimum wage job at some point in his life... I haven't heard the song but I'm sure he can remember what being broke vs being in love feels like... Also, maybe he didn't write it, even if so, let's not stress about a song
— babyboy5880 (@CJinRealLife) January 4, 2021
As of now, Blake hasn't commented on the criticism.
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