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Here’s Why Blake Shelton’s song ‘Minimum Wage’ Got a Lot of Backlash

And they are making some valid points.

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Last Thursday, Blake Shelton was really excited to premiere his new song ‘Minimum Wage’ on NBC’s New Year’s Eve. However, many of his audience did not receive the song as he may have intended. He’s now receiving a lot of backlash online as people say his song seems “tone deaf”.

Blake Shelton’s Minimum Wage is being called “tone deaf”

Here's Why Blake Shelton's song 'Minimum Wage' Got a Lot of Backlash
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Unlike billions across the world, Blake Shelton actually had a really good 2020. While speaking to Carson Daly on the premiere of Minimum Wage, the judge from The Voice said:
I can’t speak for everybody else, but I had a great 2020. Even though a lot of bad stuff happened personally for me, I got engaged to Gwen Stefani, and I don’t care what else happened besides that. That made it a great year.

And Shelton actually wrote this song as a love letter to Gwen Stefani. However, the chorus of the song did not sit well with many on Twitter. It goes:

Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.

Now, 2020 was a year of massive economic ramifications. Millions lost their jobs, not only in the United States but across the world with one of the largest economic recessions since the Great Depression, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, that particular lyric did not sit well with many, especially considering that Blake Shelton is a multimillionaire who is trying to romanticize love on minimum wage. And many people called him out, saying that his song seems “tone deaf”:

Many people rightfully pointed out how Minimum Wage is not exactly relatable to a large chunk of Shelton’s audience. In fact, it could even come off as insensitive or belittling the plight that people learning a minimum wage face.

Lastly, this Twitter user wrote a thread about how the rich instead of glamorizing their wealth are just now insisting that money is not important at all. Because that is the vibe that came off of Blake Shelton’s song.

Shelton hasn’t yet commented on the backlash. But, what do you think about his song Minimum Wage? Does it really feel that offensive or disconnected from reality? Let us know in the comments below.

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