The singer takes to Facebook to respond to a claim that female artists don't generate ratings
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Martina McBride does not like being referred to as just a “tomato” in the salad of country music.

In a post on her Facebook page on Wednesday, McBride calls out Keith Hill, a Texas-based country music radio consultant, for telling industry publication Country Aircheck that female artists shouldn’t be played as often on the radio as their male counterparts.

“If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out,” Hill says. He asserts that although these stations in fact have more female listeners, “women like male artists.”

He continues, “Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad. The lettuce is Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and artists like that. The tomatoes of our salad are the females.”

McBride, who has sold more than 14 million albums and received 14 Grammy nominations, would beg to differ.

“Wow ..just wow,” she writes on Facebook, before asking what her female fans think. “Do you not like to hear other women singing about what you are going through as women? I’m really curious. Because to me, country music is about relating.”

She adds: “Did you girls (core female listeners) know you were being “assessed” in this way? Is this how you really feel? Hmmm .”

Jennifer Nettles of country duo Sugarland also spoke out, assuring an annoyed reader that the controversial article was in fact the opposite of discouraging.

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Despite the high-profile backlash for his remarks, Hill continued to defend his stance on his Twitter account.

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