American singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer is coming under fire on social media for saying U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will “make punk rock great again.”
“It’s been a really scary time in America,” Palmer said at a news conference during Australia’s Woodford Folk festival, according to the Guardian. “I don’t know how it’s felt over here [in Australia] for the past few months, but it’s a total s— show over there. Especially if you’re an artist, a woman, a minority, gay — anything but a rich white man — it’s really very scary.”
“But being an optimist … there is this part of me — especially having studied Weimar Germany extensively – I’m like, ‘This is our moment,'” the Dresden Dolls singer said. “Donald Trump is going to make punk rock great again. We’re all going to crawl down staircases into basements and speakeasies and make amazing satirically political art.”
However, others on social media have taken issue with Palmer’s comments.
I already disliked this take but it's so much worse coming from an actual wealthy musician https://t.co/G63YZqmF4A
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) December 29, 2016
Rich lady moves to Australia to co-opt and profit from the struggles of vulnerable U.S. citizens. SO punk rock.https://t.co/1jG08IQ9XJ
— Molly Manglewood (@Manglewood) December 29, 2016
amanda palmer is basically what would happen if a discarded lena dunham clone became heavily invested in the steampunk movement
— Glen Coco (@MrPooni) December 29, 2016
Palmer also said she and her husband, author Neil Gaiman, have received distinguished talent visas from the Australian government, which will let them travel freely between the U.S. and Australia for the next five years, the Guardian said.
She said she would be sad to miss the Women’s March on Washington, taking place the day after Trump’s inauguration.
“I actually feel quite guilty that I’m not going to be in the States on January 20. I feel like I really should be there in Washington with the millions of other women who are going to give the giant finger to the orange man. But I’ll do what I can from over here,” says Palmer.