Keith Urban released a new song called “Female” on Wednesday that he claims was inspired by the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations.
Urban told Billboard that females affect him “in a lot of ways,” which is why he feels so connected to the song.
“For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls,” Urban said. “But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team.”
“Female” was written by Nashville songwriters Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally in October “around the time the Weinstein scandal began to hit a fever pitch,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
On the track, Urban demonstrates his feminism by singing the chorus of “Sister, shoulder, daughter, lover, healer, broken halo, mother nature, fire, suit of armor, soul survivor, holy water, secret keeper, fortune teller, Virgin Mary, scarlet letter, technicolor river wild, baby girl, women shine, female.”
While some social media users are applauding Urban for a releasing an ode to female empowerment, the song has received its fair share of criticism online.
“After much analysis and deliberation, the jury has unanimously concluded that on the charge of being The Worst, Keith Urban’s ‘Female’ is guilty on all counts,” Andrew Todd tweeted.
Harvey Weinstein was forced out of his company amid allegations from scores of women who said he sexually harassed or assaulted them.
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Journalist R. Eric Thomas called “Female” the “‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ of absolutely atrocious takes.”
“Female” will have its live debut Wednesday night at the CMA Awards, where Urban is nominated for Entertainer of the Year alongside four other men and no females.