While hosting the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, country legend Reba McEntire called out apparent sexism from the academy.
McEntire was perturbed that not one female was nominated for the show’s coveted “entertainer of the year” award, and made her grievance clear as she was on the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage in Las Vegas.
“Do you know it snowed in Las Vegas just a few weeks ago?” cracked the night’s host. “It was so cold, it froze us women out of entertainer of the year.”
“But you know what, that didn’t bother Kacey Musgraves, because she’s been too busy carrying all of her Grammys around,” McEntire added.
The 64-year-old also quipped earlier on stage that she has “no time” to be tired as a “woman in the music business.”
As highlighted by The Hollywood Reporter, there were also no women nominated for the “entertainer of the year” award at the 2018 ACM awards. “The award has been handed out 48 times since 1971, though only eight women have taken it home. The most recent prize went to Taylor Swift in 2011,” the outlet noted.
Over the past five years, there has been a surge of entrainment industry-insiders complaining about sexism from within. In 2017, for example, “The Handmaid’s Tale” actress Elisabeth Moss spoke up about her perceived experiences of sexism.
“My one big thing is women don’t make as much as men. I’m sure, I know, I’m 100 per cent positive I’ve been a victim of that,” Moss told Metro, according to Business Insider. “The other thing I have experienced is in pitching something that is female led. I have been told something is too female by executives. It was everything, the fact it was a female lead, a female protagonist, was led by a woman, made it too female, which I was shocked by.”
“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them,” actress Emma Stone claimed during an interview with Out Magazine in 2017.
“That’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily—that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’ If my male co-star, who has a higher quote than me but believes we are equal, takes a pay cut so that I can match him, that changes my quote in the future and changes my life,” Stone added.
After big-time producer and Democrat mega-donor Harvey Weinstein was accused of being a serial sexual predator by dozens of women, women in the entertainment industry began the #MeToo and “Time’s Up” movements to spur change concerning sexual assault and, more broadly, sexism. The #MeToo movement in particularly has been widely criticized for harmful excesses, including the erosion of the bedrock principle of due process and the watering down of sexual assault allegations.