Win Butler of Arcade Fire Defends Father John Misty's Controversial Lyric About Taylor Swift
With Arcade Fire’s new release Everything Now and Father John Misty’s recent record Pure Comedy, the two rock acts have a great deal to say about the digital age and society’s consumption of information.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, NME points out that Arcade Fire front man Win Butler had something to say about Joshua Tillman (FJM)’s notorious lyric on “Total Entertainment Forever” about simulating sex with Taylor Swift.
Of the lyric that goes, “Bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift/ After mister and missus finish dinner and the dishes,” Butler defended Tillman’s words saying, “Who cares?”
He said, “That’s why an artist like Tillman is vital, because stuff now is just so safe.”
In the Times’ story, it was explained that Butler believed the lyric to really be a jab a Kanye West, who referenced Swift in his song “Famous” when he rapped, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous,” which Butler said was “strange and not right.”
Tillman has also previously addressed the line, explaining that he did not mean what he said directly, but in reference to how we consume information.
“I think that that’s important -- to not assume that everything about the way we live is the direct product of progress," he said. "The fact of the matter is, I don’t want that to happen to Taylor Swift. That is the worst thing I can think of; that is so horrible. But again, this plays into progress, where like, the Internet was supposed to be this new democracy, a utopia of information where everyone had a voice and we were all interconnected, and we would experience true democracy -- and it turned into pornography, followed only by outrage.”