Reba McEntire calls out the 'bro trend' in country music

Reba McEntire sat down for an interview with Amna Nawaz on PBS NewsHour Tuesday night, and while talking about her career, the singer wasn’t shy about calling out “bro culture” in country music.

Well, it’s the bro trend,” McEntire said. “Bro, let’s go down to the river and catch some fish. And everybody’s a good ol’ boy. And that’s the bro music.”

McEntire has been outspoken about the challenges women face while pursuing careers in country music. In February, McEntire was a guest on CBS This Morning, where she expressed frustration that all of the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards nominees for Entertainer of the Year were men. The lack of women nominees also angered many fans who took to Twitter to vent.

While McEntire said the lack of women nominees was “disappointing,” she thinks it’s a sign women should strengthen their resolve to pursue country music.

But when anything like that happens, I just know us gals got to work harder,” McEntire explained. “We got to support each other. We’ve got to get in there next year. It’s got to change.

Fans tweeted their support for McEntire’s push for more inclusion in country music, as many hope to see more women nominees included in the ACMs next year.

The country music star believes it takes a lot of drive and sacrifice for women to succeed in such a male-dominated industry; however, she is hopeful that the tide for women is finally beginning to shift.

I think it’s kind of going away from that a little bit. I would really like it to get back to the real strong country, the country of Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis,” McEntire told Nawaz. “I miss that kind of country.”

PBS NewsHour airs Sundays at 6 p.m. on PBS.

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