'She's laughing all the way to the Prada handbag store,' he says

Jack White has defended his White Stripes bandmate Meg‘s drumming skills.

The singer and guitarist said he thinks Meg receives unfair criticism from people because of her gender. He praised Meg – whose acute anxiety forced The White Stripes to cancel a number of dates on their last tour in 2007 – for “inspiring people” to start drumming, and for not over-complicating her playing.

“Her femininity and extreme minimalism are too much to take for some metalheads and reverse-contrarian hipsters,” White told the New York Post. “She can do what those with ‘technical prowess’ can’t. She inspires people to bash on pots and pans. For that, they repay her with gossip and judgement.”

He continued by saying that Meg has the last laugh over her critics. “In the end she’s laughing all the way to the Prada handbag store,” he said. “She wins every time.”

In other Jack White news, the singer recently confirmed that he has teamed up with Jay-Z on a new song.