Kenny Chesney: Country Music Objectifies the Hell Out of Women
Country music superstar Kenny Chesney recently spoke out about the state of country music and what he calls "bro-country," saying it objectifies "the hell out of" women.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine, Chesney said, "Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she’s in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate."
"Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that — I probably did. But I’m at a point where I want to say something different about women."
"Who anointed this guy the Gloria Steinem of country music?" Bernard McGuirk asked on "Outnumbered" today.
Andrea Tantaros pointed out that it's not just "bro-country" that does this. In all genres of music, women are objectified.
Kennedy agreed and said these comments are a good marketing strategy for Chesney's upcoming tour.
He could attract more female fans who feel that he respects them and values them for their "spirit," Kennedy explained, even if it's not the prevailing approach in today's country music scene.
"By the way, when you're listening to country music, you want to wear short shorts and drink beer and hang around in the back of a pick-up truck," Kennedy added. "It's just what you want to do."
McGuirk said that our society objectifies attractive people, male or female, and that's just the way things are.
"You ever see bald, fat, short male country singers?" he asked.
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