But Blake believes that those who criticized the song “obviously didn’t hear the song or read the lyrics” because, in his view, they would understand the emotions behind it, rather than questioning the romanticization of life near or below the poverty line.

“I feel like there are people these days who don’t want to know the truth. They just want to hear what they want to hear and they want to choose a fight. No matter what you’re up to, no whatever the truth is, they want it to be something to get upset about so that they can get on social media and try to get a headline, “he continues. “When I said ‘minimum wage’, I first thought, ‘Wow, I think I just missed something here.’ And the more I read about it, the more I realized that it really wasn’t real. “