Playing “spot the celebrity in the ‘Smart Girls’ dance party” is way more fun when you know someone who’s in it.
I’d never listened to much early Ben Lee until Anton and I lived together in NYC and would embrace everything about Australia more vehemently than we did at home. He’d play old Ben Lee songs for me, but I’d never heard this song until Anton put Kathleen Hanna’s cover of it on his (amazing) breakup playlist. I listen to it a few times a day and it kills me when she sings “he like Smudge and the Beastie Boys”.
Given her long-running role as an outspoken leader on issues related to feminism, LGBT rights, politics, and other topics, it comes as no surprise that Kathleen Hanna would have a unique take on the controversy surrounding blog-popular rap group Odd Future’s homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. Rather than admonish Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator or those endorsing his music — as Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara suggested — Hanna says those offended by lyrics should do their best to ignore the artists in question. “[Odd Future] don’t seem that interesting to me,” she told Spinner’s Dan Reilly, adding later:
[I]f people are writing lyrics that piss you off, hurt your feelings and make you feel like s—-, don’t listen to it. I don’t think the best idea is to have a boycott. Just don’t talk about them and they’ll go away. The more you talk about them, the more attention they get. Tegan and Sara fans probably wouldn’t even know this band existed if they weren’t talking about them. I find the whole conversation kind of boring. There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don’t want to focus on boring people.
For once I don’t think I agree with Kathleen.