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Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino Talks Music Industry Sexism On ‘The Daily Show’

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“It’s everywhere”

It’s no secret that the music industry is a feeding pool for sexism. A few months ago, we reached out to 16 women in the field to learn more about their experiences working in the business. Last night, Bethany Cosentino made a guest appearance on The Today Show to further discuss this persisting issue with Trevor Noah.

The Best Coast frontwoman has always been open about sharing personal experiences on her platforms, even if they have been difficult for others to stomach. After Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman accused music publicist Heathcliff Berru for sexual misconduct, Cosentino also spoke up, and many other women in the industry proceeded to follow suit.

“When somebody like me, or somebody like Amber, or any woman out there, comes forward and says, ‘This is a situation, I’m not okay with it, the world should not be okay with it,’ that gives other women bravery to come forward, and stand up, and say, ‘I’ve experienced this, we really need to put an end to this kind of behavior,’” she said. “I hope that there is one woman out there that is now standing up to her boss, or standing up to a man in the world that is making her feel less-than because she’s a woman.”

Cosentino makes some legitimate points about how we can all better address incidents of sexism in the music industry. She heavily emphasized the importance of women speaking up. Following the downfall of Berru, Cosentino wrote an essay about misogyny in the music business for Lenny Letter. More recently, she called out Chris Brown on Twitter for promoting rape culture on his latest single “No Sleep.” 

Watch the entire interview in the video, below.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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