ok, god damnit. First of all — these ‘stereogum takedowns’ are really stupid. Like, one of these happened to me when Visions first came out. Not only was it terrible journalism, but it was fucking sexist (suggesting that I’m not as admirable as my peers because I don’t “tap into [my] womanhood and sexuality as a source of power.” Um
So first of all assholes, you have NO fucking right the be standing on a feminist pedestal. Your article about me in this series based it’s criticism on attacking my refusal to sexualize myself which is so immensely fucked like… i dont think i need to explain why it’s fucked.
Secondly, you can’t just rip apart an artist because you “feel” like his song is about something it’s not about. You even acknowledge that there is no basis in fact for assuming that “On fraternity” is written from a female perspective or about a female experience.
It doesn’t come close to “mansplaining”. I live with the fucking person who wrote this song, and I can assure you I’ve never heard him mansplain anything. This song is about being JAMES and the way that JAMES feels and you have no right or reason to attack him. fucking surfer blood doesn’t even get it this bad
James doesn’t have a publicist or a label or money or an agenda. He’s making art and he’s releasing it. I’m so tired of people jumping on every possible controversy they can conjure because they need web traffic. We don’t make art because we want to be in tabloids, you probably didn’t start an indie music blog beccause you wanted to make tabloids
god damn it ive been trying to stay out of this but its gotten completely out of hand and with no basis in fact whatsoever
FACT CHECKING : its in ur job description