Country Singer Margo Price On Feminism & Women Not Putting Up With Sh*t Anymore

We love celebrities and artists who use their platform to speak out about issues important to them! With the recent tidal wave of #MeToo stories and organizations such as ‘Time’s Up’ created to raise awareness about and help victims of workplace sexual harassment, we cannot ignore this cultural movement.

Country singer Margo Price is one artist who isn’t afraid of talking about difficult and even controversial issues. In a recent interview with Rollingstone.com, she touched on politics, the movement of women rising up to share their stories that they’ve kept silent about for too long, and one issue that is almost seen as a “no-go” for especially country music stars – gun control. But after the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting at a country music festival, there has been some change and nuance added to a normally black and white conversation for some.

“Price has emerged as a rare liberal voice in Nashville, blasting Trump, the FCC and the country stars who stayed silent on the issue of gun control after the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting in Vegas. Price felt she had to speak up on that issue – her dad would frequently bring home food he’d hunted,” writes Rolling Stone’s Marissa R. Moss about Margo’s opinions.

“There’s something beautiful about that. But we didn’t have high-powered machine guns when this all started,” said Margo about the evolution on how guns are used and perceived in America.

There is no doubt that Margo is not a Trump supporter, and shares her views on why.

“I don’t understand how people think that some rich guy that has been handed everything his whole life knows anything about the struggling working class,” she said.

Margo’s debut album released in 2016 was called ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’, and her current album out now is titled ‘All-American Made’. She is undoubtedly more familiar with the concerns of the working class that the current president, and has sung about issues that affect women specifically.

On the track ‘Pay Gap’, she reflects on wage inequality, singing: “They’re all the same in the eyes of God, but in the eyes of rich white men no more than a maid to be owned like a dog, a second class citizen.”

Another track titled ‘Wild Women’ Margo calls out the sexist double standards toward women, which we see in numerous ways across numerous industries. “All the men they run around, and no one bats an eye,” she sings.

The tracks on ‘All American Made’ were written before the presidential election in 2016, and Margo told Rolling Stone in 2017 how she was shocked with the results, and channeled that into her work.

“The songs had already been written up until that point but it did steer it a little bit, especially deciding to put ‘All American Made’ on it. During the Obama administration was when that song was initially written, but it just took on a completely different meaning after the election,” she said.

As writer Jon Freeman outlines, the song ‘All American Made’ samples speeches from Bill Clinton, Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Nixon and more as a way of pointing to the noisy political news cycles that dominate our society nowadays. Margo says she has always been inclined to discuss important issues, and the election results made that even more paramount for her, despite the potential backlash a number of celebrities and artists face for being outspoken about their politics.

“[There are] so many complex and so many ugly, violent things that have been happening. It’s really hard to turn a blind eye to that. I think it’s important to voice your opinion and, regardless of people who tell me otherwise, I think that’s what makes our country beautiful … our freedom to express our thoughts and views. Our voices are all we have right now, and it’s important to use them,” she said.

Having spoken up about the Nazi rallies in Charlottesville and Virginia, as well as the Las Vegas shooting, Margo understands it can be too much for some country music fans, but she is happy to be seen as an outlier if it means raising her voice on important issues affecting the country today.

“I know people don’t want to lose standing. And a lot of people think that music is not a place for politics. But in these times, it is the country audience that I think has a unique chance to be honest and stand up and say, ‘We’re not going to allow things to revert back to the Fifties’,” she said.

She also thinks it is hilarious that some artists want to been seen as some sort of “outlaw” character, but are in fact playing it safe and by the rules.

“It’s funny how it’s ok when people are singing about, ‘fuck you’ to the music business in that regard, but people are scared to say anything about the government. It’s kind of the same thing. People want to be outlaws, like ‘Fuck the man!’ It’s ridiculous that it’s like they’re only an outlaw to a certain extent,” she said.

In that regard, she should be considered more of an outlaw and someone who really does play by her own rules than those adopting some sort of stereotyped character. And country music is certainly better off for it, because we need more women like Margo standing up and speaking truth.

As for the current #metoo movement, she says it is an exciting thing to witness, and how her own experience of being hit on by a music industry manager who spiked her drink made her leave the Nashville for a while at one point.

“Women are not going to put up with shit anymore, and it’s amazing. I don’t know when actual equality will come, or if we need to burn more bras, but I’m happy to see some things coming to light, even if they’re kind of painful,” she said.

We love that she isn’t afraid of referencing the 2nd wave feminists who famously burned their bras in protest of the patriarchal standards placed on women’s bodies. You can buy her album on iTunes or Amazon now, and to catch her performing live, check out her upcoming dates in a city near you.

Watch Margo perform ‘All American Made’ on The Daily Show below:


 

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