And it’s not even limited to the popular and alternative music scenes. In my research I learned that there is a venomous culture of ‘fat-shaming’ in classical music with five separate reviewers describing a performance by the insanely talented Tara Erraught with horrid terms such as, and I wish these weren’t real, “a chubby bundle ofpuppy-fat“,  “dumpy of stature…[with an] intractable physique” and having “the demeanor of a scullery-maid.”

More importantly, artists themselves identify the streak of sexism within music journalism;

“… I read interviews or gig reviews and they’re always talking about what women are wearing on stage which sometimes bothers me. And it’s not like they’re reviewing Empire of the Sun or Lady Gaga with their crazy outfits, I think in that regard it is really justified because it’s interesting and adds to the story, but when they say stuff like ’they were wearing docs and skinny leg jeans’ or ’t-shirt and jeans’ or ‘a t-shirt dress’ I find that irrelevant and it wouldn’t be done with male musicians”. – Paige X. Cho of DARTS

Foghorn responded to Cosentino’s social media outrage, and it’s as teeth-grinding as you could expect from the website that published that piece of journalistic refuse in the first place. There is no apology for publishing the article, going so far as to say it was “misunderstood as an act of sexism” and plays the ol’ blame game of ‘sensitive rock star can’t take a bad review’. Sure that’s not the explicit wording of the response but when it goes down the road of “She is a rock star, one with fans who buy her albums and journalists who will be critiquing her performances, of which appearance and presentation are always a factor” I find it hard to not see an angry finger pointing back at Cosentino defiantly screaming ‘See! This is your fault!’