Phoebe Bridgers is an American songwriter and artist known for her indie-rock music and skeleton-inspired outfits. The indie singer released her debut album, “Stranger in the Alps,” in 2017 and the second one, “Punisher,” in 2020.
She previously came under fire following her performance in an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Like many rockstars, Bridgers ended her performance with a guitar-smashing move, but Twitter wasn’t feeling it. Several users left some unsavory comments about the move and called it unnecessary.
A recent interview revealed that despite the singer’s continued presence on social media, she wasn’t the biggest fan of the popular platforms. Bridgers described them as “evil” and the Instagram algorithm as “unethical.” She also mentioned that her continued use of the apps was to connect to her fans.
Bridgers Said Facebook And Twitter Are Evil
The indie-rock musician recently appeared in an interview with Billboard for their Women in Music campaign and opened up about several things, including her love-hate relationship with social media. Bridgers referred to the platforms as “evil” and said she was mostly there to connect to her fans.
When asked about her time on social media, she said, “It’s weird because it’s all under the umbrella of capital.”
Referring to Mark Zuckerberg, she continued, “Some asshole owns Instagram; people are making this totally unethical algorithm to torture kids and fu**ing… I don’t know. Twitter’s evil. It’s all evil.”
The singer also had added that while she wasn’t the biggest fan of the platforms, they were the only connectors she had to her fans for the past two years. “But it has been the only connector for at least two years, more so than ever,” she said. “So I don’t know. Working under the constraints of the world that we live in, it’s important to me, and I like connecting with fans, and that’s my favorite thing about it so far.”
Mark Zuckerberg Is The CEO Of Facebook And Instagram
Mark Zuckerberg is the co-founder as well as the CEO of Facebook. He added Instagram to his list of social media platforms far back in 2012. The app recently tested out a feature where the posts’ likes were hidden.
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, applauded this move. The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, revealed that the move was to “depressurize” Instagram to be a much healthier space for its users. Dorsey founded Twitter in 2006 and stepped down as the company’s CEO in November last year.
Facebook was renamed Meta last year following what can only be described as their most damning accusations yet. A former employee, Frances Haugen, released hundreds of documents concerning the company’s internal matter, which threw Facebook into a PR nightmare. Haugen claimed the platform was prioritizing profit over people.
Bridgers Smashed A Guitar On An ‘SNL’ Episode
Bridgers previously came under fire on Twitter for smashing her guitar as other famous rockstars did. The singer appeared on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” on February 6 and ended her musical performance by smashing her guitar on stage.
She performed a folk-rock song titled “I Know the End” and showed that the audience didn’t, in fact, know this end by smashing her Danelectro Dano ’56 baritone guitar on an amplifier. The song was from her 2020 “Punisher” album. Bridgers’ actions showed that destroying the string instrument wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Clad in her skeleton pearls dress, the singer continuously banged the guitar on the amplifier with little effect before she tossed it to the ground, still mostly intact. The move was really unexpected and quite dramatic, so the internet had something to say about it unsurprisingly.
Twitter Reaction To Bridgers’ Guitar Smash
Despite not being the first person to smash her guitar at the end of a performance, Bridgers came under fire for her “SNL” performance. Accounts on Twitter went as far as saying the singer looked angry and insisting that the move was unnecessary.
The tweet that started it all read, “Why did this woman, Phoebe Bridgers, destroy her guitar on ‘SNL?’ I mean, I didn’t care much for the song either, but that seemed extra.” Several people like Jason Isbell came to the singer’s defense and pointed out that the guitar wasn’t expensive.
When asked about the situation in her Billboard interview, she said, “It’s pathetic and funny. No part of me thought it would piss anybody off. I literally went to sleep and woke up and was like, ‘What the f–k?’ It’s just so stupid.”
Bridgers added, “I’ve said this before, but at least the right people hate me. At least it’s not like I stepped on something that I didn’t mean to. I was just like, ‘Oh, good.'”