• Blake Shelton's new single "Minimum Wage" was criticized for being insensitive and tone deaf on Twitter
  • Shelton's new song is for Gwen Stefani, and it tells of a woman’s love making a man on minimum wage feel rich
  • Some netizens defended Shelton and said they were also affected by the pandemic, but the song didn't bother them

Blake Shelton made a new song for his fiancée, Gwen Stefani, but many found the lyrics insensitive and the whole song tone deaf.

Shelton, 44, debuted his new single entitled "Minimum Wage" on NBC's New Year's Eve TV special. "The Voice" coach said Stefani helped get her brother, Todd, to direct the video. However, the lyrics in the chorus upset many, Page Six first reported.

"Girl, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage," Shelton sang.

Several were not happy because they found Shelton's song untimely especially since the world is still in the midst of a pandemic. Many said that Shelton’s newest song for Stefani was tone deaf.

"Does anyone else find Blake Shelton’s ‘Minimum Wage’ song to be incredibly tone deaf to our country’s current state?" one asked.

"The irony of listening to a millionaire Blake Shelton singing about ‘love on minimum wage’ at the end of 2020 might be lost on its target audience #NewYearsRockinEve," another tweeted.

"I’m sure his intentions were good with that song ‘minimum wage’, but comparing love to monday and minimum wage is a bit tone def considering the state our country is in. Lost job and wages. Some people are living off of minimum wage. @blakeshelton #BlakeShelton #tonedef," a different user wrote.

While many felt that the song was inappropriate, several defended Shelton and stressed that it was just a song. Although the pandemic hit them too, Shelton’s song didn’t bother them. In fact, they loved it because they knew it was just a form of art.

"Wow so song comparing love to being rich when your poor is bad why does noone ever complain about the lyrics of songs only refers g to drugs abusing women ect not a bad thing I loved the song #BlakeShelton and I've been greatly affected by this pandemic and it didn't bother me," one wrote.

"He is simply saying that when you genuinely love someone money doesn't matter. Anyone who can react and [think] it is distasteful needs to re evaluate what's important in their lives," a second netizen added.

"Music is a form of artwork. Lyrics are not intended to be read literally, but metaphorically. He was simply making a statement about how a woman makes him feel. Min wage workers don't need you to protect them from country music lol," a third netizen stated.

"It is ridiculous to pick apart something like this! No, it is not insensitive! He is in love. Good for him! I am broke & alone but I appreciate/admire that some can find a the good in all that is wrong with the world," @Martiwnc wrote.

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Gwen Stefani (L) and Blake Shelton attend the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy) Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for The Recording Academy