Lena Dunham has revealed the lineup for B.I.T.C.H., her dream feminist band, that would perform at Coachella Music Festival this year — if only the all-girl group was real.
“Because, like Beyoncé before me, I have been secretly developing a music/movement project that will explode brains across America and the Netherlands,” the “Girls” creator wrote on her Lenny newsletter. “It’s not a band. It’s not a dance troupe. It’s a social ®evolution, and we’re called B.I.T.C.H. (Benevolent Incarnation of The C–t in Harmony).”
The band consists of her “soul sisters,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden, John McCain’s wife Cindy McCain, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and a “Tupac-style hologram of Maria Tallchief — plus the spirit of Andrea Dworkin, who writes most of our original lyrics.”
“We as a group felt the best way to stifle the red tide of misogyny and divisive feminist in-fighting that has overtaken our country during this heated presidential primary was to head to Coachella and perform a set that will make all the Pretty Little Liars dance till they have to be taken to urgent care for dehydration,” added Dunham. “What says unity like a cover of ‘U.N.I.T.Y.,’ and what says, ‘We demand to be heard on the issues that matter to us, that matter to all women’ like a full-scale pop-n-lock number set to k.d. lang’s ‘Constant Craving,’ with Cindy McCain harmonizing sweetly with special guest P!nk?”
But ultimately, Dunham’s new girl band has an important cause: To be recognized as a group of “women lifting women,” to have “the freedom to have dissenting opinions without being labeled a traitor to the feminist cause” — “AND the deep hope that Rihanna might give us a spot opening for her on the ‘ANTI’ tour.”
Her letter may come in response to the lack of female headliners of the music festival, something Coachella, sometimes dubbed “Brochella,” has been criticized for in the past. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported that there has been only one female headliner since the festival was founded in 1999.
“Coachella has no female headliners for the shows Friday through Sunday (and for the festival’s second weekend, April 22-24). Since it emerged out of the alternative rock scene in 1999, the festival has featured more than 40 headlining acts spanning hip-hop, folk, EDM, pop, heavy metal and classic rock. Yet only one female-centric act, Björk, has ever stepped on the main stage as a festival headliner, and that was nearly 10 years ago.”