Phoebe Bridgers is a singer and songwriter that recently made headlines with her performance on Saturday Night Live, especially after she let out her primal scream at the end of her second song ‘I Know the End’, when she smashed her guitar on a monitor.
Although many people loved her act, some had different opinions. For example, the popular Twitter account BrooklynDad_Defiant! got into hot water. The self-proclaimed feminist had a rather un-feminist take on her act. He wrote:
“Why did this woman, Phoebe Bridgers, destroy her guitar on SNL? I mean, I didn’t care much for the song either, but that seemed extra.”
Why did this woman, Phoebe Bridgers, destroy her guitar on SNL?
I mean, I didn’t care much for the song either, but that seemed extra. pic.twitter.com/ayXgFXtex4
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 7, 2021
You can watch the whole performance of Bridgers before we get into the ‘policing a female musician for doing something male musicians have been doing for decades’ narrative.
Many people felt that the scream and the guitar smashing at the end were cleansing, and it’s not something unprecedented or something we haven’t seen in the past. Male artists have been doing it for years, so why should it be condemned if a woman did it?
This is how Twitter reacted to BrooklynDad_Defiant!’s tweet:
It really does come across as misogynistic when it’s basically just hating when a woman does something that tons of men have consistently done with cheers, not just even in the far past, but RECENTLY?
— Kat andromeda (@KatAndromeda17) February 7, 2021
How many women have you seen do it? I haven’t see any! Loved it!
— Marcie Wyrostek (@marciemeow) February 7, 2021
Dude has probably never heard of Pete Townshend lol
— Radical Liberal Dandy Chiggins (@babbbacabbb) February 7, 2021
people being mad about phoebe bridgers smashing her guitar is such a weird form of misogyny
— Amanda R. Livingston (@amandarliving) February 7, 2021
People who love Hendrix, The Who, Nirvana dunking on @phoebe_bridgers for smashing her guitar has just the right touch of misogynistic faux outrage social media hypocrisy for 2021
— Andrew Patrick (@Andrew_Patrick) February 7, 2021