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In my unpopular opinion, Sky Ferreira’s Twitter rant about her sexuality was unwarranted

Sky Ferreira is done staying silent about her profile in LA Weekly. Ferreira took to Twitter to release what was not her official statement, but still gave a pretty clear picture about how she feels about the LA Weekly piece and its writer, Art Tavana.

In the article “Sky Ferreira’s Sex Appeal Is What Pop Music Needs Right Now,” Tavana spent most of the article analyzing the way Ferreira is using her sex appeal to make a bigger splash in pop music, something that all the greats like Madonna and Britney Spears have done with incredible success.

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Fans of Ferreira and readers of the magazine had a huge problem with these comparisons. They started calling out Tavana and LA Weekly for being sexist and not profiling Ferreira in a better way. The magazine quickly issued an apology, saying that Tavana wasn’t trying to be sexist, but they can see how some of the “language was deliberately inflammatory and ultimately at odds with that underlying intention.”

For her part, Ferreira stayed mostly quiet about the whole thing, until yesterday, when she took to Twitter to give her side of the story. She said, “I’m obviously a lot more than my ‘sex appeal’ or my ‘knockers’. I’m not ashamed of either of those things either.”

She added that despite using her sex appeal, “It’s not calculated or whatever. I do what I want when I feel it’s true to me.” 

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But here’s the thing. Ferreira is signed to Capitol Records, one of the most successful record labels in the world. Whether she knows it or not, her career is definitely calculated. It is totally possible that those calculated moves also feel true to her and who she is, but there’s no way a multimillion-dollar company isn’t calculated in the way they treat their new pop stars.

And she’s totally entitled to have the cover art of her album be a topless photo of her in the shower where anyone can see her boobs. More power to her! But then, to act surprised and offended that a journalist would comment on them and her sex appeal is pretty unfair.

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It’s time for women to own their rise to success. Ferreira can be both an incredible talent and full of the sex appeal that pop music always celebrates. And Tavana said all those things. If I were on her team, I’d remind her that if it worked for Madonna, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe, she should be excited that it’s working for her.

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