On top of being dirty and super crowded, Coachella is also sexist. The music festival seems to be allergic to female headliners – this year the only female performers were ‘surprises.’ According to the Los Angeles Times Björk is the only female headliner to ever get the honour at what they call “brochella.”
Lena Dunham took to her newsletter, Lenny, to fight the sexist music festival.
“Like Beyoncé before me, I have been secretly developing a music/movement project that will explode brains across America and the Netherlands,” Dunham said in Tuesday’s edition of the newsletter. “It’s not a band. It’s not a dance troupe. It’s a social ®evolution, and we’re called B.I.T.C.H.”
Dunham’s pretend group includes her “soul sisters” Jill Biden, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Cindy McCain, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, late ballerina Maria Tallchief and “the spirit of [feminist writer] Andrea Dworkin.”
“We as a group felt the best way to stifle the red tide of misogyny and divisive feminist in-fighting that has overtaken our country during this heated presidential primary was to head to Coachella and perform a set that will make all the Pretty Little Liars dance till they have to be taken to urgent care for dehydration,” the Girls creator wrote in the newsletter.
This year’s festival had 167 acts, but only a quarter were female so Dunham is on to something.
“People assume that it’s a complete accident or a bunch of fat cats sitting around a table with cigars thinking how can we oppress the women,” Andi Zeisler, the author of We Were Feminists Once told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not. It’s a cumulative problem, decades and decades of stereotypes and ambient bias against women in music.”
“Coachella is marketed so explicitly to young women as this place where you can go, dress up, and it’s all about aesthetics and young cute celebrities,” he continued. “There is this real chasm between how it’s marketed to women in this very superficial way and how it approaches female musicians.”
With so many female hit-makers in the game right now, Coachella is missing out. Hello – have they never heard of Beyoncé, Rihanna (who performed one song this year), Ellie Goulding, Kesha (who was Zedd’s guest this year) or Sia? #nochella for us until this is remedied.
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