Just when you think the music industry is getting to be less of a boys’ club, something comes out that reminds you we’ve got a long way to go.
Today, it’s singer Bebe Rexha’s admission that, at just 29, a male music executive recently told her she was “too old” to act sexy. Obviously, this is absolutely ridiculous. Tons of women, in the music industry and the world at large, remain “sexy” no matter their age. Not to mention, it shouldn’t even matter whether a musician is sexy or young.
Rexha’s post is a sad indictment, however, of the toxic attitudes that are still prevalent in the industry. Captioning a photo of herself, she wrote:
I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was “confusing.”
Because... I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29.
She went on:
I’m tired of women getting labeled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age. Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it. I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound ‘younger’.
In an uplifting turn, Rexha received an outpouring of support both from her fans and her fellow musicians. Taylor Swift wrote, “DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE.”, while Rita Ora said:
My sexy songwriting. You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules.