Twenty-one female record industry executives have signed a letter addressed to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow demanding he step down after saying female artists need to “step up” to be better represented at the Grammys.
After the award show, Portnow was asked why more women weren’t represented across the categories. He said:
“It has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and their souls who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on an executive level to step up.”
How dare he encourage women to give it all they got?
Many female pop stars, like Pink, Katy Perry, and Sheryl Crow, took great offense at Portnow’s comments and pushed the hashtag, #GrammysSoMale, on social media. Crow whined on Twitter, asking, “Who will young girls be inspired by to pick up a guitar and rock when most every category is filled with men?”
The better question is, who will young girls be inspired by to pick up a guitar and rock when the most popular music on the planet doesn’t involve guitars, nor rocking?
Portnow issued an apology after the backlash, saying, “Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make.” He went on to say that women face barriers in the music industry that men don’t and added, “We must welcome, mentor, and empower them.”
But the apology was never going to satiate the savage appetite of feminism. And so, the female execs composed a letter and let him know it’s time to go. Thirteen thousand people who’ve signed the petition agree:
Dear Mr. Neil Portnow,
The statement you made this week about women in music needing to “step up” was spectacularly wrong and insulting and, at its core, oblivious to the vast body of work created by and with women. Your attempt to backpedal only emphasizes your refusal to recognize us and our achievements. Your most recent remarks do not constitute recognition of women’s achievements, but rather a call for men to take action to “welcome” women. We do not await your welcome into the fraternity. We do not have to sing louder, jump higher or be nicer to prove ourselves.
We step up every single day and have been doing so for a long time. The fact that you don’t realize this means it’s time for you to step down.
Today we are stepping up and stepping in to demand your resignation…
We are here not to merely reprimand you, but to shed light on why there is such an outcry over your comments and remind you of the challenges that women face in our country and, specifically, in the music industry. Your comments are another slap in the face to women, whether intended or not; whether taken out of context, or not. Needless to say, if you are not part of the solution, then you must accept that YOU are part of the problem. Time’s up, Neil.
Maybe if the recording industry would focus more on talent than identity politics, we could have a resurgence of good, diverse music that is deserving of an award instead of the repetitive noise generated by spoiled leftists.