These Are The Kinds Of Instagram DMs Female Punk Musicians Receive From Strangers
Social media DMs from random strangers are a tragic but infamously common thing that both women and bands have to deal with. For female members of bands, though, the peril is doubled and can be especially toxic, with randos doing everything from hitting on them to insulting their talent due to their gender. Now, Fat Wreck Chords act The Bombpops have decided to make some of these DMs public by reading them aloud on a video they’ve posed to Instagram.
As you’ll see below, the video include Bombpops frontwomen Poli Van Dam and Jen Razavi reading aloud the messages sent to them on Instagram, complete with the handles of the dudes sending them (because let’s be real here, these are from dudes). The messages range from disgusting and typical sexual commentary to some especially creepy white knight-style date requests (“Maybe a cute walk by a beach? Ice cream cone?” inquires one modern-day Romeo). Overall, it’s a reminder of what female rockers go through on the reg, and a warning that you should never, ever send messages like these unless they’re to your love interest or significant other (and maybe not even then).
Watch below and cringe deeply:
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Welcome to the first episode of ‘Sliding into The Bombpops DMs’ Come, take a journey into the depths of our DMs to read some of the ridiculous things men feel the need to say to women in bands. Enjoy! . . . 📹 by @chrisgraue Graphic by @neil_wayne #thebombpops #slidingintothebombpopsdm #slideintomydms #fatwreckchords
The Internet is the worst place on earth. Hopefully this is the start of a long series from the band, so follow The Bombpops on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled.
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