Blake Shelton is a beer-drinkin’, guitar-strummin’, ranch ownin’, truck drivin’, sexy magazine-coverin’ Okie, who also just so happens to also be a country music and reality television star. And as such, Blake Shelton has a rumored net worth of $100 million. He’s also engaged to Gwen Stefani, a woman with a rumored net worth of $150 million. Still, all those dropped Gs are part of his brand, and he released the video for his new song, called “Minimum Wage,” on New Year’s Eve. It’s a song sung by a man about his lady, who can “make a man feel rich on minimum wage.” Blake Shelton is rich and likely hasn’t seen a minimum wage paycheck since Bill Clinton was in office. To the surprise of no one, I’m sure, there has been some backlash about Blake’s broke boy cosplay.
Blake appeared virtually on NBC’s New Year’s Eve special on Thursday night, where he dropped the video for “Minimum Wage.” Blake sings about how he wasn’t rich when he met this special someone, but somehow his woman is able to Cinderella the poverty right out of his life with but a wink and a smile. And by some miraculous chance, she stuck by him long enough to see him transform his life from rags to riches. But of course, money hasn’t changed them, and they’re still just a bunch of penny-pinchin’ yee-haw poors at heart. Here is the chorus:
You can make a six pack on the carpet
Taste like a million dollar bill
You can make a one bed room apartment
Feel like a house up on the hill
You can make my truck out in the driveway
Roll like a cleaned up Cadillac
Girl, lookin’ at you lookin’ at me that way
Can make a man feel rich on minimum wage
We live in a time where an actual person earning a minimum wage paycheck can barely afford a can of Duff beer in The Simpson’s fridge, let alone their house. So some people thought it was tone-deaf of Blake to be romanticizing a 1-bedroom apartment. And drinking beer on the carpet? Sure, if Blake is sipping a limited-batch craft porter on a hand-knotted rug made from imported chinchillas. Not to mention that millions of Americans have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. People expressed their thoughts on Twitter as such:
— Nathan Poppe (@NathanPoppe) January 4, 2021
Does anyone else find Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” song to be incredibly tone deaf to our country’s current state?
— Kyle Kramer (@KYLE0REN) January 1, 2021
Usually don't care about this stuff but…Millionaire country singer Blake Shelton debuting a song on NBC about how love can make them feel rich on minimum wage. Odd timing with millions unemployed and struggling during a pandemic.
— Cody T. Squirrel (@Cody_T_Squirrel) January 1, 2021
Clips of the video for “Minimum Wage” can’t be found anywhere on the internet, so maybe Blake’s having second thoughts. Or maybe he’s re-tooling some of the lyrics, to reflect his version of feeling rich.
Girl, you can make a $13.2 million mansion
Feel like a $300 million castle
Actually, I think if we talk to our financial planner
We could afford the castle too