Amanda Palmer dragged for ‘demanding’ coverage of her music

Feminist singer Amanda Palmer is getting dragged on Twitter for criticizing the lack of coverage she has received from the Guardian and other publications.

Laura Snapes, the Guardian’s deputy music editor, explained the “bizarre situation” regarding Palmer in a tweet thread on Thursday.

“I blocked her years ago, I think we had a spat about that tour where she offered to pay musicians in hugs and beer. She recently became fixated by this and asked her 1m fans to find out why I had,” Snapes stated, beginning her thread.

She goes on to explain the various efforts Palmer exerted in order to interact with Snapes, including inviting Snapes to the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Palmer also allegedly was planning on dedicating a section of her Europe tour to how Snapes “orchestrated a Guardian-wide ban on coverage of her album.”

Snapes explained that as the deputy music editor, she does not hold that power.

Then, Snapes said a journalist requested a response from Snapes as to why she was not a fan of Palmer. That journalist, she later found out, allegedly was hired by Palmer to specifically report on her tour.

The hired journalist is also explained in Palmer’s thread, which seemingly kicked Snapes’ thread off.

“The Guardian‘s music editor snubber the most feminist album and tour of my career,” Palmer stated, beginning her thread.

Palmer explains that due to the lack of coverage, she hired her own journalist in order to provide content directly to her fans. (She even has a TED Talk about direct dissemination of content.)


Ben Beaumont-Thomas, the Guardian’s music editor, even chimed in to clear the air about the Guardian’s music coverage.

“You are not automatically entitled to coverage. There are tens of albums we would like to cover each week but can’t because of space restrictions–we need to make sure there is a spread of genres while also covering the biggest releases. Ditto tour reviews. No vendetta here,” Beaumont-Thomas wrote to Palmer.

Snapes described Palmer’s actions as harassment and not what she expected from a feminist artist.

“It was disturbing. I have been harassed in this way before by male musicians; I don’t expect it of a woman,” Snapes tweeted.

It is more common than not for the journalist to fall under public scrutiny. But on Thursday, Twitter sided with the Guardian and Snapes.

“I’m sorry but this is the most embarrassing thing I’ve seen in quite a while, this blatant attacking of music journalists for not giving publicity to your album is disgusting,” Twitter user @clockworkcrypt wrote.

One Twitter user compared Palmer to the stereotypical “can I speak to your manager” white woman.

Another criticized Palmer’s use of feminism to entice media coverage.

“It’s me, Amanda Palmer. Please behold my ten-part play about a trio of French mimes having a mournful orgy inside a rusty harmonium. If you do not cover this you’re an enemy of women,” Twitter user @annamerlan wrote.


Libby Cohen

Libby Cohen

Libby Cohen is a third-year University of Texas student originally from New Jersey. She has written for ORANGE Magazine, the Daily Texan, and most recently interned for 1010 WINS in NYC. She's now back in Austin writing for the Texas Standard and the Daily Dot.