Returning riot grrrl is unimpressed with Perry's lesbian posturing
Alternative icon Kathleen Hanna has revived her former Julie Ruin alias.
Now she has revived it as a full band, known as The Julie Ruin. Among the ranks are former Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox and Kenny Mellman from US drag duo Kiki And Herb.
Hanna told CNN: “I did kind of disappear for five years, and now I’m back with a new band and getting back into it.” Asked what the new material is about, she said: “Anger. A lot of anger about things I haven’t been able to express and how anger is usually just hiding sadness so after I write an angry song, I usually write a really sad song. Family, personal stuff, vulnerable stuff, my friendships with other women, and I’m sure there’ll be a love song for Adam (Horowitz, from Beastie Boys, Hanna‘s husband).”
However, asked what she thought of the current generation of pop musicians like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Ke$ha, who deal with feminist and gay empowerment in rather different ways than Hanna‘s bands did, she was damning. She said: “I mean, is it really that different when it’s a skinny white woman in a bathing suit singing these things? None of these women ever wear pants, first of all. Second of all, just because you’re wearing a goofy hat doesn’t make it performance art. I mean, that’s just my feeling about it. A lot of the music just sounds like bad Euro disco, though that first Ke$ha song, ‘TiK ToK’ was good.
“But [Katy Perry’s] ‘I Kissed A Girl’ was just straight-up offensive. The whole thing is like, ‘I kissed a girl so my boyfriend could masturbate about it later’. It’s disgusting. It’s exactly every male fantasy of fake lesbian porn. It’s pathetic. And she’s not a good singer. I don’t want to trash other women. I mean, I think Jason Mraz is horrible. It’s not just like I hate other women performers. Jason Mraz and the new James Blunt song is the worst thing that has ever been created on the face of the Earth.”