Icelandic musician Björk posted a message on Facebook yesterday, which has received a lot of attention. In it, she criticizes the media for their coverage of her, which she describes as different from that of male musicians.
What prompted her to post the comment was criticism she received in the media for her performance as DJ at a music festival in Houston, Texas, on Friday. She was by some described as not performing and hiding behind desks, while her male counterparts received no such comments. She calls this sexism.
“women in music are allowed to be singer songwriters singing about their boyfriends . if they change the subject matter to atoms , galaxies , activism , nerdy math beat editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticized : journalists feel there is just something missing ... as if our only lingo is emo ...
i made volta and biophilia conscious of the fact that these were not subjects females usually write about . i felt i had earned it . on the activist volta i sang about pregnant suicide bombers and for the independence of faroe islands and greenland . on the pedagogic biophilia i sang about galaxies and atoms but it wasnt until vulnicura where i shared a heartbreak i got full acceptance from the media . men are allowed to go from subject to subject , do sci fi , period pieces , be slapstick and humorous , be music nerds getting lost in sculpting soundscapes but not women . if we dont cut our chest open and bleed about the men and children in our lives we are cheating our audience.”
You can read her full post here.
The post has been shared more than 5,500 times, received 34,000 likes and more than a thousand comments.