"You should be ashamed"
Best Coast vocalist/guitarist Bethany Cosentino has taken to social media to express her disgust with a review of a recent show written by David L Garcia of the San Francisco Foghorn — the University of San Francisco student paper — calling out the scribe for sexism in the piece.
As she expressed on Facebook this morning (AEST), the source of Cosentino's frustration lies in Garcia's immediate focus on her appearance in his review, titled Best Coast, Mediocre At Most. After an attempt at justification via "music should never be a fashion show" caveat, Garcia goes on to describe Cosentino's apparel at length, leading into the summation that "the outfit was … the best part of the evening" (plus comments later about how she apparently didn't smile enough).
"Sexism is alive and well people!" Cosentino wrote in her post, accompanied by a screenshot of the offending introductory paragraph.
"This literally makes my blood boil. If you aren't happy with my show that's perfectly fine, but leave my looks + outfit out of it."
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"San Francisco Foghorn you should be ashamed of yourselves for allowing a 'writer' to write this sick excuse of a live music review," she concluded.
Cue the (predominantly male) opinions of Twitter claiming that the review isn't sexist, somehow creating a circumstance in which Cosentino was forced on the defensive, having to justify her opinions about sexism to people who don't experience it on a daily basis. Fantastic work as always, internet.
The fact that anyone is even questioning how that "review" is sexist breaks my heart. I'm sad + scared for this world.— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2015
And LOL at how it's all MEN coming at me like "this isn't even sexist" ugh I can't with the Internet/world today sorry— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2015
Yes because it shouldn't be about what I look like, + if I was a man, no one would even comment on my outfit at all https://t.co/3BW3fqDH5o— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2015
What in the actual fuck is wrong with people????? pic.twitter.com/P3GLkR8Ejw— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2015
This isn't about me being hurt over what someone wrote about me- it's about calling out misogyny + sexism because it's EVERYWHERE— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2015
K I'm done. To every woman that experiences blatant misogyny, I love you. To every man that stands up for women, I love you.— Best Coast (@BestCoast) October 2, 2015