Last week, indie-pop artist Sky Ferreira was the subject of a widely condemned article in L.A. Weekly titled “Sky Ferreira’s Sex Appeal Is What Pop Music Needs Right Now.” Comparing her to a “freshly licked lollipop,” the piece warranted an apology from the publication’s music editor, but Ferreira hit back at the whole situation in a string of tweets Monday night, calling out blatant sexism in music and media.
“I’m obviously a lot more than my ‘sex appeal’ or my ‘knockers.’ I’m not ashamed of either of those things either,” she wrote. “It’s not calculated or whatever. I do what I want when I feel it’s true to me.”
She also thanked writers and fans who spoke out against the article: “I’m not a think piece. I’m not a f—ing example. I’m glad that this is making people think & conversation is happening & I appreciate people speaking against it and being vocal.”
The article in question also alleged she “defended” photographer Terry Richardson, who has been the subject of sexual misconduct and harassment claims (Richardson, who has never been charged with a crime, has denied any wrongdoing on his part).
To that point, Ferreira wrote that she “never defended” Richardson, whom she stopped working with on photo shoots. “I even said my own experience doesn’t take away or against the victims,” she added, referencing at 2014 Facebook post about Richardson. “All I said was that I didn’t get sexually abused or had any sexual relations with him after journalist [sic] kept writing as if I did over & over.”
See all of Ferreira’s tweets below.