The Last Shadow Puppets called out over “distasteful” interview with female journalist
Alex Turner and his Last Shadow Puppets’ bandmate Miles Kane recently met Spin assistant editor Rachel Brodsky for an interview about their new record Everything You’ve Come To Expect. But unfortunately the encounter quickly turned into an example of the problems that women continue to face in the music business.
In the feature article published by Spin yesterday, Brodsky details several moments during the “increasingly distasteful” conversation with Kane and “his manspreading counterpart” that made her feel uncomfortable. According to Brodsky, Kane made several inappropriate advances, “gleefully point[ed] at Turner’s exposed bulge”, jokingly invited her up to his hotel room and ended the interview by “yank[ing her] in for a not-entirely consensual kiss on the cheek.”
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Brodsky says that although some people will dismiss the encounter – “Bands will be bands. Boys will be boys” – she feels compelled to call out their inappropriate behaviour. “Even if he’s entirely harmless (and I’m sure that he is), is this the sort of thing that I should let go for the sake of my job?” she asks. “In total honesty, I’m still grappling with how to feel about an interview that takes this undesirable direction.”
It’s worth noting that Kane later wrote to Brodsky offering his “sincere apologies” for his ill judged Carry On humour and telling her that he was mortified to hear that it made her feel uncomfortable.
But Brodsky says that the issue isn’t just about The Last Shadow Puppets. “I appreciate Kane’s note, but it doesn’t make me feel better,” she says. “It certainly didn’t erase that afternoon or the other times I’ve felt objectified on the job. Notes like it don’t change the events that preceded them. Instead of apologies, I’d like to see a little more foresight and a lot more professionalism toward women in the music industry.”
The Last Shadow Puppets’ second album Everything You’ve Come To Expect will be released on Friday, April 1. The lead single is called ‘Bad Habits’.