Phoebe Bridgers Calls The Strokes a Music Industry Plant

The female indie rock musician disses Julian Casablancas and his bandmates while calling out the double standard in music industry that celebrates male rockers but tends to dismiss female acts.

AceShowbiz - Phoebe Bridgers has criticised the double standard that see male acts like The Strokes celebrated despite extensive music industry connections, but female rockers dismissed as inauthentic.

Bridgers' emergence as a young woman in rock has resulted in social media trolls accusing her of being a manufactured "industry plant."

However, she claims the description is far better applied to The Strokes - whose bassist Albert Hammond, Jr. is the son of singer-songwriter Albert Hammond and frontman Julian Casablancas, who also came from a wealthy background.

"The Strokes are an industry plant - literally! Everybody knows that, at least in music, but it's never made anyone like them less. It's such an insane f**king double standard," the 25-year-old musician tells the NME website. "If you have wealthy parents, you're not allowed to make music as a woman, but you're rewarded for it as a man. Every white boy who is mediocre is an industry plant by that standard."

The singer-songwriter, who accused fellow musician Ryan Adams of inappropriate behaviour after a brief relationship, also believes the way the industry is set up aids bad behaviour.

"With music, every group is much more isolated. It can happen with power dynamics and #MeToo s**t, but also with a manager who's just f**king every single person over." And the "Kyoto" hitmaker wishes she had more support when she first met Adams, who released her first record on his label in 2014.

"When I met Ryan, I didn't know anybody in music for the most part," she reveals. "But then I would then meet tons of people who were like, 'Oh my God - he is a trash person.' I didn't have that when I was 20, and a lot of people still don't."

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