Yesterday, my entire Twitter feed lost its collective mind over “the Zola story.” The story is a narrative, told entirely in the medium of Twitter, about two strippers who go to Florida for the weekend and encounter all sorts of deception, violence, and general overwhelming seediness. It’s long as hell, but also taut and suspenseful and funny, and I feel like I got a real experience reading it. (Honestly, it’s been a while since I liked a novel that much.) There are all sorts of arguments over whether the story is true or not, but it’s definitely an amazing story, well-told, and it shows us a deeply fucked up side of society. If you haven’t read it yet, go do so immediately right here. And if you were wondering what Nika Roza Danilova, the artist who records as Zola Jesus, thought when she checked Twitter yesterday and saw half of her stage name all over the place, we now know. Some very smart person at The FADER reached out to her and asked, and here’s what she said.
Respect to the saga of trap Zola. As juicy as it is, that story is unfortunately very real for many women who are working without regulations in the sex work industry. If anything, I hope it sheds some light on the importance of sex workers’ rights. At least Zola has a sense of humor about it.
I can’t believe I didn’t fucking think to ask Zola Jesus about this. I was wondering all day. Sorry, everyone. Good work, The FADER.