Justin Vernon Calls Out Beyonce, Gets Called Out By Robin Pecknold
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:55:38
"You can never be self-righteous, but it's okay to be a little righteous," he says in the interview. "You have to believe in something. Like, I'd prefer Beyoncé didn't do a Pepsi tour. Do not take two million dollars from Pepsi and be a role model for young girls. Do not do that. That stuff does anger me. And I feel like I am not afraid to talk about that stuff."
"We need people to speak out, he suggests, or otherwise we'll find a blustering dunderhead in the White House and an idiocracy in full sail. "It is the reversal of mental aptitude," he adds. "Let's turn it around."
However, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes took issue with Vernon's words, not least because in 2011, Vernon starred in a huge ad campaign for Bushmill's Whiskey. According to Consequence of Sound, Vernon has distanced himself from that campaign and has said that he regrets it.
Still, Pecknold clearly wasn't accepting the hypocrisy, posting an image from the classic children's story The Emperor's New Clothes on Instagram alongside the caption "Is a Pepsi and Bushmills a drink?"
Pecknold later deleted the post, referring to it as "The Patriarchy."
In that same Guardian interview, Vernon says that he wants to pick and choose his concerts more carefully. "Playing a lot of shows, realizing that playing shows for Live Nation is just bu*****t and f**k that. I grew up loving bands like the Indigo Girls, and they stood for something, doing benefit shows and talking about sh** and changing culture or changing people's mindsets and raising awareness. What's music for? It's not about having a bunch of CDs."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff