By Anna Smith
This month’s “Saturday Night Live” episode was highly anticipated. With Dan Levy as the host and Phoebe Bridgers as the musical guest, many eagerly awaited this performance. Meghan Aslin (11) said, “I did indeed sit on my couch on Saturday night in my Phoebe merch, literally giddy about her performance.”
Bridgers is an American singer who has released two albums, “Stranger in the Alps” and, more recently, “Punisher,” which earned her four Grammy nominations. Her much awaited SNL performance, including “Punisher” songs “Kyoto” and “I Know the End,” did not let down. She was the highlight of the show for many, including me.
While fans were proud and content with the performance, many others criticized the artist on Twitter for smashing her guitar at the end of “I Know the End.” Historically, smashing guitars has been an act performed by men in a male-dominated industry. The criticism that Bridgers faced has raised many questions as to how women are viewed in the industry, a topic she has spoken out against, most notably in her song “Motion Sickness.”
Evie Fowler (12), one of our very own in the music industry, said, “Personally, I have not faced challenges as a female in music, but in the grand scheme of things, I am a lot newer to this than a lot of people. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive and welcoming people in the industry. With that said, I do think it is harder to ‘make it’ as a woman. I am a lot more exposed to the music industry in Nashville than anywhere else, though, so that has influenced my perception for sure.”
Fowler also said, “I have grown up watching my role models being faced with setbacks as women. At the same time, though, I have been able to watch them overcome those setbacks.”
Bridgers can be seen in a CNN interview responding to the criticism in the most “Phoebe Bridgers” way, not letting the negative commentary get to her, and often making jokes about it.
Bridgers said, “Got some great feedback from my performance! Next time I’ll burn it, and it will be more expensive.”
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