Phoebe Bridgers addresses backlash over smashing her guitar on 'SNL'

Publish Date
Friday, 12 March 2021, 9:05AM
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Phoebe Bridgers literally made sparks fly during her Saturday Night Live debut last month when she ended her set by smashing her guitar into the monitor. The move made David Crosby tweet the following: "Guitars are for playing ..making music .....not stupidly bashing them on a fake monitor for childish stage drama .....I really do NOT give a flying F if others have done it before It’s still STUPID" Others followed suit, criticizing the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter for her actions. So does she regret it? Of course not!

“I stand by it!” Bridgers laughed during an interview with Variety. “The fact that it made people so mad is kind of what’s punk rock about it. No thought whatsoever went into what it represented or meant: I’d never done it before, so might as well do it [on ‘SNL’], where it’s gonna be immortalized. It’s hilarious to me that people care so much, but, I mean, there’s a video of a steamroller crushing a bunch of Gibson [guitars] as a tax write-off because they weren’t selling all of their stock — let that piss you off!”

Elsewhere in the interview, Bridgers discussed how bizarre it's felt rising to mainstream fame while in lockdown. “It would all be more tangible if a tour was happening — I would gradually be playing bigger venues, maybe getting more opportunities to go to lunch with someone cool, and see more fans and more tattoos of my lyrics,” she explained. “Instead, every once in a while somebody at the grocery store comes up to me, very respectfully. But yeah, other than that, I’ve just got my same little life going.”

But she's looking on the brightside too. “...a sense of community has grown in a way that it might not have if I was living in my own little world onstage every night," Bridgers pointed out. "I feel like I’m a part of America living in a pandemic, the same as anybody.”

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