Kelsea Ballerini has a special message for all of us...
She read a tweet last night that really bummed her out. It was a poll that asked "which female artist are you most looking forward to seeing perform at this year's ACM Awards?" Kelsea hid the account it originated from, but I bet this tweet was sent innocently. She made a great point on Instagram about how a simple poll or tweet like this makes the women in country music feel insecure and/or like they're playing a role in "Mean Girls."
She makes a point! And the fact that she included a quote in "Mean Girls" makes me support her even more.
Read Kelsea Ballerini's caption below:
This made me really bummed today. Since I put out my first single over 4 years ago, every interview includes some form of question about the females in country music... or the current lack thereof. so we swim upstream and wear ourselves out trying to be heard and finally see the charts start to mention a few more of our names, the categories recognize a few more of our songs, and even start to cheer each other on. but then there’s something as simple and seemingly harmless as this, that sets us back. it takes the dozens of talented, determined, hard working, kind women that want to continue the incredible marks on the genre the woman before us have made, and it makes us feel like there’s only one spot available. so then there’s tension. And insecurity. and this magical bond that females have when we truly, actually want each other to win...it gets compromised. It makes me sad because I feel it. Heck, it makes me insecure. It makes me feel tension in a room where there is another girl that is successful. It makes me awkward. It makes me overthink conversations. It makes me assume the worst. Which is actually CRAZY. this is definitely an instavent, because I just don’t want the new females in country music to be misrepresented to the fans or the media as the popular girls in high school that pose for photos like were bffs but secretly despise the one that dates the quarterback. And more than that, I don’t want US to feel like that. This isn’t mean girls, this is country music. Where you actually CAN sit with us.
We gotta support each other!