When Kelsea Ballerini spoke out against country broadcaster WKQC and the politics of playing two female acts in a row, she wasn’t the only artist who was rightly outraged. Kacey Musgraves also spoke out against the radio station and promised that her unfair and sexist rules would in no way hinder her career.
Smells like white bullshit and why I decided before LONG that they couldn’t stop me. ✌🏼 https://t.co/Ln6461sICt
– K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) January 16, 2020
“Smells like white male Bullsh – and why did I decide before LONG that they couldn’t stop me,” said Musgraves, while retweeting her original tweet, which has since been deleted.
Musgraves commented on her own post, adding, “And yet they can play 18 guys that sound exactly the same. That makes sense.”
The fans quickly jumped to Musgraves’ defense and agreed that the radio station’s policies were both absurd and unfair.
“You have time to play two men named Luke in a row, but God forbid someone called Kelsea or Kacey to be played in a row … or at all …” wrote one person.
“They’re looking. Saying that you can’t play two women in a row is a really fun way to say,” Hey, we hate women, “wrote another person.
“I don’t remember the last time I tried to hear stereotypical white men,” a Musgraves fan tweeted. “At least the women in the country have substance.”
Ballerini posted a screenshot of the tweet on social media that said, “We can’t play two women in a row,” in response to the question of why a Los Angeles station played Gabby Barrett, followed by Ballerini. “Not even Lady Antebellum or Little Big Town against another woman. I appreciate her courage.”
Ballerini also commented on the statement and was outraged at the injustice of everything.
“I say this was one of the few women who really loved country radio and saw some of the larger networks (and some of my friends who (program directors) and high up) who really changed their programs make it more balanced look, “said Ballerini in her long post. “I’m grateful, BUT. There are still inequalities in the airplay for women. And tweets like this prove it. And it’s my job to say it out loud and post about it because the girls are moving to Nashville (or wherever) ready to overtake and revise and play off everyone.
“They deserve to know that they have the same attitude as the guys who move here to do the same,” she continued. “Country music – we have to fix it. For us and for them. How do we do that? Let’s talk.”
“Thank you for using your platform to talk about it,” said Cassadee Pope. “It is incredibly unfair.”
Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, who spoke about her fashion choice at the CMA Awards, also commented on Ballerini.
“I know exactly how we do it,” teased nettle. “And I’ll call you.”
Photo credit: Getty / Timothy Norris
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