Unpacking the Privilege, Misogyny, and Overall Douchebaggery of The Chainsmokers

Unpacking the Privilege, Misogyny, and Overall Douchebaggery of The Chainsmokers

The duo's recent Billboard cover interview spawned a great deal of commentary.

The Chainsmokers have had numerous No. 1 hits on Billboard this year, despite none of them being very good. Their music style I (condescendingly) label as "brostep" - the ear splitting, nearly atonal mainstream dubstep that barrages anyone who steps into a frat house.

The Chainsmokers, consisting of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, are the reigning kings of brostep. Chart toppers such as "Closer" and "Don't Let Me Down" have been summer and party anthems, thus leading to their cover interview on Billboard in September. What unfolded was a Grade A display of douchebaggery and disrespect - an article so unsettling, another article needed to be written about it.

First item of business: Early on in their interview, Taggart and Pall boast that their website features their combined penis length. This is possibly the most bro-ey statement I have ever heard. Who brags about combined lengths? When is that ever useful in life? Also logistically, did they stand tip to tip to get this measurement? GTFO.

Then they word vomited this quote: "Now we're influencing the industry, putting out songs everyone copies".

...... .... ......

That's not really correct. There is nothing even slightly original about any of their music. Their arrangements are tiresomely formulaic - intro, build up, drop, breakdown, repeat. "Don't Let Me Down" sounds very similar in style, and hook synth melody, to Alison Wonderland's "I Want U", which came out in 2015.

I dunno boys, I'm pretty sure you're recycling years of established EDM styles. And anyone else who is putting out music like this isn't copying you solely, they're replicating about a decade's worth of mainstream electronic music.

Then there was this discomforting analysis of being asked to work with other artists:

“[Weezer] were like, ‘Yo! We should do a track together,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh, really?’ ” says Pall. “I can’t blame somebody for saying no early on, but it depends on how you said no and how you came back to us. If you own it, like, ‘I didn’t see the vision, but it’s clear now and it’s super sick,’ I get that. It feels good when those people are like...” Taggart finishes the thought: “Thirsty.”

My eyes have completely rolled into the back of my head. How disrespectful of other artists can you be? Calling Weezer, a band with decades of hits and experience over you in this business, "thirsty" for changing their minds?

But they didn't stop there - this comment about Taggart's and Pall's identify followed:

“[The Chainsmokers is] like if LMFAO just started making...” says Pall, and Taggart finishes: “...the illest shit and stopped dressing like idiots.”

Pause on that for a second.

Let me add this caveat: I do not care one ounce for LMFAO. However, I do care that these two pompous men called out other artists in such a demeaning and privileged fashion. Their breakout track "#Selfie" never would have prevailed if "Party Rock Anthem" (the third best selling digital track worldwide of 2011) hadn't come first.

Additionally, LMFAO had an incredibly distinct aesthetic that they were committed to; it fit their stage personas and the messaging their act was aiming to convey to their market. Dismissing this calculated appearance tactic as "dressing like idiots" undermines the work put forth by the artist and their label to create a brand. This statement is a stomach-turning display of disdain and privilege that is only exhibited by straight cis gendered white men.

Not to mention Taggert's quote on their MTV VMA performance this year:

“It sounded like shit. We were told my voice was going to be mixed well, but there was no reverb and it was way louder than the track for the broadcast. I was set up to fail. Nearly every other person lip-synced it, and we knew because we had them in our ears. So now I know why you lip-sync.”

No sound engineer sets you up to fail. Specifically, no sound engineer who is working for a major broadcast awards show whose job is probably on the line if they were to consciously make serious errors in the live mix, would set you up to fail. What a gross displacement of blame and refusal to own up to the fact that maybe you just are not a good live performer. He also admitted that this was his second time ever singing live in front of an audience. Homeboy didn't think to take vocal lessons and practice before such an important show? Taggart's arrogance is staggering.


“Even before success, pussy was number one,” says Pall. “Like, ‘Why am I trying to make all this money?’ I wanted to hook up with hotter girls. I had to date a model.”

In the eyes of the arrogant, whining, privileged reigning kings of brostep, women are nothing more than pussy. And pussy is their main driving force behind making music. Excuse me while I barf into a trash can and set a building on fire.

Do you have any idea how many thousands of musicians have sung in dozen of performances and will never set foot on the VMA stage? Do you have any inkling of how many female DJs will never see the limelight because the men at the top of the industry think they are worth nothing more than sex?

The Chainsmokers are the most deplorable type of white men who take no blame for their shortcomings and practically suffocate you while boasting of their privilege. Their name alone is going to make my skin crawl from now on.

Cover Image Credit: Billboard

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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