Topping off a tumultuous week for female musicians, a dude recently slid into Japanese Breakfast’s messages with some unsolicited advice.
The Philadelphia-based artist, whose real name is Michelle Zauner, shared the cringeworthy advice from the unnamed guy, who started out by saying he’s one of Zauner’s “biggest fans.”
“One of my favorite songs is ‘Till Death’ although I didn’t realize it at first I just realized the bass line sounds forced, I heard some beautiful melody’s in my head that were barely touched upon,” wrote the self-proclaimed “musician/songwriter.” “Just some constructive criticism.”
Zauner responded on Twitter with biting sarcasm: “*Rerecords album.*”
*rerecords album* pic.twitter.com/BZrulVmULy
— Japanese Breakfast (@Jbrekkie) February 15, 2019
The dude hadn’t stopped there. In a second message, he waxed on about the bass riff: “To be more specific, that song is so devastatingly beautiful the bass riff needs to be rudimentary. It deserves a simple dropping bass riff that isn’t too flashy. Some of the parts of the current bass riff aren’t that bad but on the whole the song needs that simple dropping bass riff.”
Despite the common nature of mansplaining, people on Twitter couldn’t believe the interaction.
“Did someone just try to mansplain a Japanese breakfast song to Japanese breakfast?” one person tweeted.
Did someone just try to mansplain a Japanese breakfast song to Japanese breakfast?
— Emails to Cleo (@lgfuad4) February 15, 2019
— Abbey (@abbeyyjc) February 15, 2019
— child actress (@childactress) February 15, 2019
Even other artists were shocked. “Omg,” Perfume Genius said. “Lol no fucking way people are so insane,” Best Coast wrote.
lol no fucking way people are so insane
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) February 15, 2019
— Perfume Genius (@perfumegenius) February 15, 2019
jUsT sOmE cOnStRuCtIvE cRiTiCisM!!!!!!!
— TORRES (@torreslovesyou) February 15, 2019
A soft drink parody account got in on the dragging action, too, with a very valid point. “I feel like ‘your biggest fan’ wouldn’t send you something like this but what the hell do I know I’m just a soda,” @orangesodatweet said.
I feel like "your biggest fan" wouldn't send you something like this but what the hell do I know I'm just a soda
— phoebe bridgers simp account soda says BLM + ACAB (@orangesodatweet) February 15, 2019
And then there was this zinger: “To be fair he owns a Gibson t-shirt, that definitely makes him qualified enough to mansplain music,” user @fabripav wrote.
to be fair he owns a Gibson t-shirt, that definitely makes him qualified enough to mansplain music
— fabri (@fabripav) February 15, 2019
The random unofficial music critic just further illustrates what many female musicians have to deal with on a regular basis. A few days ago, a New York Times exposé of prominent singer-songwriter Ryan Adams reported that he subjected several female artists to “emotional and verbal abuse, and harassment in texts and on social media,” as well as offered women career advances in exchange for sex.
While a mansplaining message doesn’t equate to that level of abuse, maybe it’s time for dudes to chill with the unsolicited music advice.