It's no secret the entertainment industry can be unfairly hard on women, and a recent L.A. Weekly column
by Art Tavana titled "Sky Ferreira's Sex Appeal Is What Pop Music Needs Right Now" illustrated that perfectly. From the uncomfortable fixation on Ferreira's breasts to hailing her as "the geek's dream girl," Tavana, self-described as an angry nerd, "music critic and inflammatory Facebooker," has written what is possibly the creepiest analysis of Sky Ferreira's work thus far.
Ferreira wasn't silent on it - she took to Twitter
to civilly voice her thoughts on the column. "I'm obviously a lot more than my 'sex appeal' or my "knockers." I'm not ashamed of either of those things either," she wrote. "It's not calculated or whatever. I do what I want when I feel it's true to me."
Tavana does an...interesting job of trying to get his piece to come off as a compliment to Ferreira. From the title to his incessant comparisons of her to Madonna (which she responded to in an Instagram post like a class act), to contrasting her to other female pop stars, he clearly puts down, stating, she's not a "feminist superhero like Grimes," and basically reduces her to a brand:
"She doesn't have pipes like Christina Aguilera or Ariana Grande, but she's a little bit of a fashion icon and she acts and she looks perfect in all her Instagram photos, so she sure can market herself."
But is this really a detailed analysis of why Ferreira's brand works? Because it reads more like a 1,500-word description of his weird fantasies. "Ferreira looks like a dirtier Madonna," he writes, or "She's too nasty to be anyone's schoolgirl fantasy."
And on top of everything, there's misinformation in the column, too. Tavana lauds Ferreira for "pissing off" feminists with the BDSM-inspired art for her upcoming album Masochism
, and for defending Terry Richardson, a fashion photographer who has been accused of sexual assault by several models. "I never defended him," Ferreira wrote on Twitter. "I have never worked with him since. I even said my own experience doesn't take away or against the victims. All I said was that I didn't get sexually abused or had any sexual relations with him after journalists kept writing as if I did over & over." It looks like Tavana took what he wanted to take from that statement.
The piece was published last Friday, June 17, and today on Tuesday L.A. Weekly's music editor, Andy Herman, issued an apology, admitting the article "crossed into offensive territory." The article was torn apart by several different publications, including Jezebel, LAist,and Teen Vogue. "And you know what? Teen Vogue is right. They're all right. Tavana's piece did cross the line. It was offensive, and on behalf of him and L.A. Weekly, I apologize for it," Hermann wrote.