Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I kept seeing headlines such as “Malia Obama skipped Radiohead’s set at Lollapalooza” and “Malia Obama chooses Major Lazer over Radiohead at Lollapalooza”. The articles accompanying these headlines all essentially shamed Malia Obama for attending electronic music trio majorlaze
Major Lazer’s Lollapalooza set yesterday instead of art rock band Radiohead’s.

I have a few gripes with these articles. First of all, why the fuck is this news? A teenage girl saw one music group over another? Who cares?

But I’m not going to get into that here. I am, however, going to comment on the disgusting musical-taste shaming contained within the above-mentioned articles.

I hate, just hate, how as a society we’ve decided that some musical groups are cooler than others, and that it is embarrassing or shameful to like certain artists. I mean, sure, if I was forced to make the choice between Radiohead and Major Lazer, I would choose Radiohead because they’re one of my favorite bands. But Malia Obama likes Major Lazer. And that isn’t any less cool or acceptable.

photoThis Malia Obama incident illuminates the musical elitism that “hipsters” feel over those who enjoy mainstream artists. As a result of this elitism, hipsters make mainstream music lovers feel shameful of their tastes, essentially creating “guilty pleasures”. We feel that we must hide the fact that we derive pleasure from the music of certain “uncool” artists. And that is not acceptable in my opinion.

If you like something, say so. Scream it from the rooftops. Because your taste is uniquely you. Good for you, Malia.

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