Female country music stars are accusing country music consultant Keith Hill of discriminating against women after he advised stations to play fewer songs by female artists. Hill, who calls himself “the world’s leading authority on music scheduling,” made the comments to Country Aircheck Weekly.Always. Even if it means that those female singers and songwriters will have smaller audiences and make less money. Never mind what the numbers say. Never mind what the people motivated by maximizing profit say. Obviously a bigger piece of a smaller pie is better for all women, right?
“They’re just not the lettuce in our salad,” he said. “The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”
But he insisted he is not being sexist.
“In a deep irony, it’s the demand of female listeners who aren’t thinking about it. They’re just responding to that flow of song after song, and if that mix has more females in it, they turn off quicker,” explained Hill. He added, “My stations win by taking females out. Sometimes that’s enough to go from the number three station to the number one station in a market.”
One of the first to speak out was country music star Miranda Lambert, using a common expletive that describes bovine fecal matter to explain how she felt about Hill’s statement. She took to Twitter:
I am gonna do everything in my power to support and promote female singer/songwriters in country music. Always.
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) May 28, 2015
Women hate objective measures. After all, it should be easy enough for them to prove Hill wrong. Just play all female country all the time. Why don't they do that?