Karen Elson is supporting Meg White after someone on Twitter insulted the latter’s drumming.
If you’re a part of a certain corner of music Twitter, you’ve probably already seen the offending tweet. Writer Lachlan Markay declared, “The tragedy of the White Stripes is how great they would’ve been with a half decent drummer … I’m sorry Meg White was terrible and no band is better for having s***** percussion.”
Many fellow musicians, as well as music fans and journalists, defended White, including Elson, who, like Meg, used to be married to White Stripes frontman Jack White.
“Not only is Meg White a fantastic drummer, Jack also said the White Stripes would be nothing without her,” Elson tweeted. “To the journalist who dissed her, keep my ex husband’s ex wife name out of your f****** mouth. (Please and Thank You)”
The Roots drummer Questlove also chimed in, tweeting, “I try to leave ‘troll views’ alone but this right here is out of line af. Actually what is wrong [with] music is people choking the life out of music like an Instagram filter — trying to reach a high of music perfection that doesn’t even serve the song (or music).”
Markay, meanwhile, has deleted his original tweet and published a thread apologizing for his comments, adding that he actually “love[s]” The White Stripes, “percussion included.”
“To Meg White: I am sorry. Really,” Markay wrote. “And to women in the music business generally, who I think are disproportionately subject to this sort of s***, I am sorry to have fed that as well.”
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