Keith Urban’s New Song Is “Inspired” by the Victims of Harvey Weinstein
Last night’s CMAs were decidedly controversy-free. Reporters were initially warned they would be banned if they tried to talk about politics or gun control, and though the ban would eventually be lifted, outside of Carrie Underwood’s moving tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, the show stayed on-script. Single of the Year winner Keith Urban took his performance to the next level, however, with his new song, “Female,” which he says was inspired by the victims coming forward against producer Harvey Weinstein — and it’s leaving people scratching their heads.
Urban dropped the single just hours before the performance, but the lyrics don’t seem to be related to the scandal. On the contrary, it seems a general feminism-lite hot take by the country star. The opening of the song starts off with an empowerment bent, with Urban crooning: “When you hear somebody say somebody hits like a girl/How does that hit you?/Is that such a bad thing?/When you hear a song that they play saying you run the world/Do you believe it?/Will you live to see it?”
But it’s the chorus that has fans really scratching their heads. As soon as Urban dropped the track Wednesday morning, Twitter was buzzing with fans trying to figure out the connection the star has drawn.
— Max Tani (@maxwelltani) November 8, 2017
Lyrics from Keith Urban’s new single “Female.”
🎶 She’s sugar
She’s everything nice
But she can’t have my rights.
Cuz female. 🎶
— Leanna Renay (@leannuh_renay) November 8, 2017
Some fans pointed out that Urban’s other songs have been less than flattering when he talks about women.
I'd feel better about the song "Female" by Keith Urban if it wasn't written by the person who wrote God Made Girls. "Somebody's gotta wear a pretty skirt, somebody's gotta be the one to flirt". Come on.
— Jenni Champion (@JeniferChampion) November 8, 2017
And others just called it not good.
Keith Urban's "Weinstein-inspired" ode to women "Female" is the "We Didn't Start the Fire" of absolutely atrocious takes. pic.twitter.com/CuCuP493wB
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) November 8, 2017
This is so much more wondrous than I imagined. It’s like The Room but a song. https://t.co/4ulH4jgIEH
— Courtney Enlow (@courtenlow) November 8, 2017
— Antifa-la-la-la-la (@LizardRumsfeld) November 8, 2017
— Audrey Bochsler (@nowwhylater) November 9, 2017
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