Dutch celebrity claims there are fewer women with musical talent than men

A Dutch DJ and former “Idols" judge has responded to comments about the underrepresentation of women in a Dutch music countdown by saying, "Women simply make good music less quickly than men.”

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Why this story matters:

Women in the music industry are often scrutinized in ways their male colleagues are not. The criticism female artists face extends further than their vocal and artistic abilities and straying into their appearance, fashion choices, and dance abilities.

When the underrepresentation of women on the annual Dutch “Top 2000” song countdown was pointed out, Ronald Molendijk, DJ and former “Idols” judge, failed to acknowledge the challenges women in the industry face.

He dismissed the disparity by suggesting, "Women simply make good music less quickly than men. There are also fewer women working in the industry. That's just how it is. "

After facing severe backlash, he continued to defend his comments stating, “I challenge everyone to give me the name of an all female band that is similar to those greats [Coldplay, The Beatles, U2]. A conclusion, based purely on facts and figures, may be that women apparently have less ambition than men."

Details from the story:

  • The “Top 2000” song countdown is a yearly compilation of all time favourite songs as voted by the Dutch public.
  • The first woman can be found at spot 14 of the 2018 listVarious Dutch artists including Lakshmi, Nico Dijkshoorn and Saskia Noort have publically criticized Molendijk’s comments Molendijk has responded to the criticism stating that it is “just further proof that people…react to statements they have not listened to adequately.’"
  • Molendijk has further suggested that even successful female acts are largely supported by male producers

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