sky ferreira is right: no one should have to tolerate online abuse

The young musician took to Instagram to stand up for all the female performers dealing with endless, faceless criticism.

by Briony Wright
30 November 2015, 2:45pm

Photography Jai Odell

Sky Ferreira has taken to Instagram to vocalize her disgust at the trolls who deem it appropriate to comment publicly about her and express their negative, unfounded opinions online. Typically these sentiments focus on appearance and within the context, perpetuate an unhealthy body-image culture. Often they're just downright mean. Tired of her value being judged on appearance, Sky writes, "It's pretty petty and shitty that I'm supposed to be okay with being called a bitch or a slut or torn apart on my appearance daily (all day & every day)".

While Sky claims that most of the time she can brush it off as irrelevant and boring, the fact is that this kind of attack is going to ultimately wear its victim down. She also makes reference to fellow musicians in a similar circumstance including Miley Cyrus, Alice Glass, Grimes, Charlie XCX, Selena Gomez, Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks -- all young women growing up in the public eye as entertainers. She argues that none of them should "have to be ok with it" and that they should be able to remind people to "respect them without it being deemed as complaining. It's not part of our job".

This treatment of popular, typically female figures obviously isn't new. In 2013 Grimes wrote a passionate essay on her Tumblr about everything she was sick of and it's really telling. Included in her list of things that no one should never be exposed to are, "I'm tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they'd 'fuck' me", also "I don't want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction" and "I'm tired of being congratulated for being thin because I can more easily fit into sample sizes from the runway".


Text Briony Wright

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