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Sky Ferreira Goes After A Sexist LA Weekly Article


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Sky Ferreira is mad, really mad. On Monday night , she took on Twitter to rage about sexism and people who want to reduce her to a piece of meat or a sex symbol. In an avid series of tweets, she expressed her anger toward a column written by Art Tavana for the LA Weekly, entitled ‘Sky Ferreira’s Sex Appeal Is What Pop Music Needs Right Now’

Despite the fact that LA Weekly music editor Andy Hermann posted a response after the publication of the article because of the outrage it triggered in the blogosphere, Ferreira could not stay quiet. But is the article that offensive?

Sure, Tavana compares Ferreira’s breast to Madonna’s – ‘Both Sky and Madonna have similar breasts in both cup size and ability to cause a shitstorm’ – and obsesses a lot about Sky’s look – ‘we almost never have the audacity to admit that her looks —specifically, her Madonna-ness — is her most direct appeal to the American consumer’…. ‘She looks like a more cherubic Sharon Stone, icy but also sweet, like a freshly licked lollipop’… but isn’t he right? It is extremely difficult to not notice Sky’s killer look and I thought the article was well-written, provocative but honest: ‘But to pretend that looks don’t matter in pop music is ridiculous. Looks matter; they will always matter. This is pop music, a genre firmly grounded in the aesthetic of ’80s magazine cutouts and Calvin Klein adverts,’ also wrote Tavana. And you know what, he is absolutely right.

It was not enough that he had acknowledged Sky’s multi-facetted talent – ‘But Ferreira is more than just a sex symbol or real-life Less Than Zero character. She’s been singing semi-professionally since she was 14. She’s got talent — not like Christina Aguilera or Ariana Grande, but she’s got pipes comparable to Madonna. She’s also a genius self-promoter who understands her brand better than her record label or handlers.’ It was not enough that he had acknowledged Ferreira the actor (she’s in David Lynch’s revived Twin Peaks) and Ferreira the fashion icon (she is a Marc Jacobs’ model), the article was catalogued as ‘sexist’, and a shitstorm, just like the one produced by Sky’s naked breast on her album cover, started, LAist, Jezebel, Flavorwire, Teen Vogue were all offended by the column – or pretended to be offended – and music editor Andy Hermann had to publish this apologetic article, too happy of the attention?

Sky Ferreira herself did sound alarmed and offended yesterday night: ‘95 percent of articles & interviews about me have had something offensive, false or (sometimes extremely) sexist,’ she wrote. ‘
Some have been more passive aggressive or subtle & socially acceptable.
 I’m obviously a lot more than my “sex appeal” or my “knockers”. I’m not ashamed of either of those things either.
It’s not calculated or whatever. I do what I want when I feel it’s true to me.
 If there was some sort of formula all of this would be a lot easier and faster & probably more “successful. I spend/spent so much time being frustrated by this type of bullshit that it really took a toll on me in a personal level.

But wasn’t it precisely what the author was saying, ‘She’s the pop star who’s so personally cool that her record label, Capitol, doesn’t need to hire a team to mold her,’ wrote Tavana… Is there something I don’t get here?

‘If you’re not a bitch or then you’re fake. If you’re not crazy or difficult then you’re boring & helpless
,’ she added after many more tweets. ‘Stupid is probably somewhere in there too
. You’re either too fat or too thin or too pretty or ugly. That’s the what I’ve l have been told my whole life since I was a little girl.
 I’ve always been “too much” or “never enough”. At the point I care about the work I make because that’s what actually lasts & matters

Tavana wrote about his admiration for Sky Ferreira, he was not criticizing her style or look, he was writing an homage to an icon, it was not a sexist article, but a admittance that female artists’ look plays a role in the way we perceive them? Is that a sexist statement?

Sky is ‘for millennials who need something a bit dirtier than Taylor Swift’s candy-coated fakeness,’ Tavana wrote. Sky should not be mad, anyone who thinks that Swift is phony has to be right.

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