Grimes Responds to Wikipedia Trolls With Tumblr Post on Drug Use
“I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.”
Scoff at Wikipedia all you want -- Grimes knows a lot of people take it very seriously. So when trolls began repeatedly adding quotes about amphetamine usage to her Wiki page, the alternative pop singer-songwriter took matters into her own hands and responded with a beatdown -- a verbal beatdown, that is -- via her always thought-provoking Tumblr.
“I want people to know that I hate hard drugs,” Claire Boucher wrote in her response. “All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.”
The trolls were repeatedly adding out-of-context quotes from a 2012 interview in which Boucher describes her use of amphetamines during the making of her 2012 album Visions. The edits were first added on Aug. 1 and persisted for days after, even as they were repeatedly deleted.
Check out her entire post below:
losing people to drugs and alcohol is the worst because they destroy any good memories you have of them before forcing you to deal with the empty space they leave behind. also whoever keeps putting the few quotes i said early in my career about drugs back into my wikipedia page is an asshole. I don’t want that to be part of my narrative, and if it has to be I want people to know that i hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive. Editing a website that people take seriously and reference all the time so that it looks like i think amphetamines are cool is incredibly irresponsible, people might read that and think its a cool thing to emulate. I hope you know you are doing the world a disservice. I just watched another person I care deeply about basically turn into gollum and my heart is broken.
The 2012 interview contained the line, “I blacked out the windows and did tons of amphetamines and stayed up for three weeks and didn’t eat anything. I definitely can’t make music in the daytime.”
As of Aug. 18, the Wikipedia entry has placed the drug comments into proper context, balancing them out with Boucher’s more recent quotes from her Tumblr response.
As we wait for an announcement of Grimes’ highly-anticipated forthcoming album, we’ve still got the spellbinding track “Go” -- originally written for Rihanna -- to hold us over.