Audiences react negatively to Blake Shelton’s song “Minimum Wage”


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Promotion for Blake Shelton’s song “Minimum Wage.”

Alanah Roper, Staff Writer

Blake Shelton, a famous country singer, sang his latest song Minimum Wage during NBC’s New Year’s Eve special. The song was dedicated to his fiancee Gwen Stefani. He received backlash on social media for some of the lyrics in the song. Some people feel as if the song is insensitive because the song talks about living on minimum wage when he has been far from it. 

“I just feel like these days, there are people out there who don’t want to know the truth,” Shelton says. “No matter what your intention is, no matter what the truth is, they want it to be something that they can be upset about so that they can get on social media and try to grab a headline,” He added. 

The lyric says, “Girl, lookin’ at you lookin’ at me that way/ Can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.” Many people are upset with this because of the fact that many people during the pandemic are struggling, and that Shelton’s worth is around $100 million, so he isn’t struggling financially. The “Voice” said that Minimum Wage was a love song, and the purpose was to speak about when times are rough, you’ll always be happy with the person you love. “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,” a user on Twitter wrote. 

“I love his music, but the timing for Minimum Wage isn’t great. With so many people out of work and struggling the song feels a little tone-deaf. I’d like to hear songs that are more personal. Wish he wrote more of his own stuff because he’s an incredible songwriter,” Another said. 

I believe that the song is someone wrong because of the pandemic and what people are struggling with. I think he could have performed a better song on New Years’ that could have lifted people’s spirits rather than offend them. I don’t think his intention was to offend anyone, but he could’ve put some thought into it.