Warpaint Posts an Apology For Comments About Beyoncé and Rihanna

warpaintiantian Warpaint Posts an Apology For Comments About Beyoncé and Rihanna

In an interview with Q Magazine, Theresa Wayman of Warpaint was quoted as saying some pretty harsh things about Beyoncé and Rihanna. The headline looked like this:

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Two choice quotes were pulled from the interview and published as a preview. They read:

“She [Rihanna] has an insane voice, she could’ve done something so much more subtle and artful.”

and:

“It just gets worse. Every song on Beyonce’s last album has her basically looking like a slut and she does not need to do that. She’s gorgeous and so fucking talented. And they all take it as women’s liberation!”


Today, Wayman took the band’s Facebook page to explain how those quotes came about and why it’s difficult to see them published in this manner. Read her message below:

First and foremost, I want to apologize with regards to the Q article. There were many long conversations behind that statement and it’s heartbreaking and painful to see it presented in such a hyperbolic and crude manner. We LOVE and ADORE Beyonce and Rihanna, genuinely, and that’s what makes this all the more difficult.

A journalist came on our bus and casually asked us what we thought about women in music and we responded as fans and consumers and not as card carrying feminists. Not as anybody with power or influence either. We’re not trying to start a war, no fucking way. We would be crushed like little lady flies.

As we all know these days, sound bites and quotes are chosen not by their merit but by the level of sensationalism and that’s exactly what happened here. Beyonce and Rihanna are the last two women on earth who I would ever want to disrespect or disregard. Ultimately I am a consumer too, and everybody expresses their opinions about the artistic climate they live in. What I was referring to, specifically, was my take on the video clip for “Superpower” where I felt her role in that clip undermined the song – which is one of my favorites. That’s pretty much it. As a fan I was confused with her choice to sexualize herself in that particular moment. On the other hand “Drunk in Love”, in my humble opinion, is so powerful in its sexuality. I could watch that on a loop forever. Ultimately she can do whatever the fuck she wants. Anyone can. I’m a fan and like any other fan – I have my opinions which are no more or less important than anyone else’s.

As far as Rihanna goes, if I had that voice I could die right now a happy woman. The journalist and I were discussing a hypothetical situation in which Rihanna was an artist active outside of the mainstream music scene. What would her music sound like? What would she wear? What decisions would she make? PURELY hypothetical.

There’s not a shred of self-importance in these words. I’m not trying to cover my tracks but this is really upsetting to me. I apologize for being careless with my words. I apologize to fans of Beyonce and Rihanna, I fucking love them too. Me and and my big mouth.

Sorry,

Theresa

p.s. I never said shit about twerking…don’t know how that got in there. By all means, twerk away.

  • http://redrougesunbruisedfield.tumblr.com Sam R

    St first I was like, HOW COULD THEY SAY THAT ABOUT BETONCE?!?!?! I AM SO DISSAPONINTED IN WAR PAINT (who I love).. But then I read their apology and explaination, and it definitely sounds like the journalist has definitely twisted what they have said.