Katy Perry and Charli XCX are joining those who have hit back at Recording Academy President Neil Portnow’s ‘step up’ comment.
In an interview backstage he said that women in music need to ‘step up’ if they want to take home more awards.
Offt, them there fighting words, Neil.
Portnow’s controversial statement caused an outcry on social media with female artists taking a stand against what he said.
Within hours of the words leaving his mouth Pink took to Twitter with a hand written note saying women ‘owned music this year’ and were ‘killing it’.
And she’s not wrong.
Now in support of the What About Us singer, Katy Perry and Charli XCX too have taken to Twitter in anger.
Another powerful woman, leading by example. We ALL have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it. I'm proud of ALL the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance.
P.s VH1 Divas Live. https://t.co/RDmB7zRfId
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 30, 2018
Katy, 33, said: ‘Another powerful woman leading by example. We all have a responsibility to call out the absurd lack of equality everywhere we see it.
‘I’m proud of all the women making incredible art in the face of continual resistance.’
However Charli took a more, er, physical approach to Portnow’s comment saying that she was about to step on his face.
She said: ‘urgh about 2 step up on 2 ur face… women are making AMAZING music right now wtf is this dude talking about?’
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