Kathleen Hanna Talks Odd Future
Kathleen Hanna’s in the midst of Renaissance sparked by NYU’s Fales Library purchasing her archive/papers, Sara Marcus’s Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution documenting the olden days, and the Le Tigre tour DVD Who Took the Bomp? documenting the slightly more recent days, and etc. The DVD’s why Spinner sat down with the Bikini Kill/Julie Ruin/Le Tigre icon for a Q&A. Hanna spoke about the past, the present, and the Odd Future along with Sara Quin’s criticism of your hipster neighbor’s favorite rappers. Here’s the bit on Tyler, The Creator & Co.:
SPINNER: Have you been paying attention to the controversy with Odd Future and their homophobic, misogynistic lyrics?
KATHLEEN HANNA: No, not really. They don’t seem that interesting to me.
SPINNER: Sara Quin just spoke out against them and it created a bit of a media storm.
KH: I feel like, if you don’t want to listen to them, don’t listen to them. If you do want to listen to them, do listen to them. I couldn’t really comment about on exactly what their lyrics are about, because I haven’t gotten that deep into it. But if people are writing lyrics that piss you off, hurt your feelings and make you feel like shit, don’t listen to it. I don’t think the best idea is to have a boycott. Just don’t talk about them and they’ll go away. The more you talk about them, the more attention they get. Tegan and Sara fans probably wouldn’t even know this band existed if they weren’t talking about them. I find the whole conversation kind of boring. There are so many great artists that are doing interesting things, that I don’t want to focus on boring people.
Read the complete interview at Spinner. And, in the name of peace, unity, getting along, you may want to soundtrack it with this Tyler, The Creator x Tegan & Sara mashup: