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David Crosby and Phoebe Bridgers Spar Over Her Smashed 'SNL' Guitar

Phoebe Bridgers
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Phoebe Bridgers performs 'Kyoto' on 'Saturday Night Live' on Feb. 6, 2021.

After Phoebe Bridgers destroyed her guitar during her Saturday Night Live debut on Feb. 6, classic rocker David Crosby called her move "pathetic," unleashing a lively back-and-forth between the two that roped in Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea as well.

It all started when someone asked Crosby what he thought of the thrashing Bridgers gave her Danelectro Dano '56 guitar after her primal scream performance of "I Know the End" on the show, which included her repeatedly smashing the instrument onto a spark-throwing stage monitor.

That's when the 79-year-old If I Could Only Remember My Name legend posted his pointed response. "Pathetic," tweeted Crosby, who recently referred to late guitar god Eddie Van Halen's music as not for him, but "good."

Bridgers, who later revealed that the destruction was totally premeditated stagecraft, took the criticism in stride, tagging Crosby and writing simply, "little b--ch."

After a swell of commenters noted that plenty of Crosby's fellow 1960s-70s male contemporaries such as The Who's Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix -- not to mention Nirvana's Kurt Cobain -- made a habit of busting up, burning and otherwise trashing guitars on stage, Cros responded, "Guitars are for playing ..making music ..... not stupidly bashing them on a fake monitor for childish stage drama .... I really do NOT give a flying F if others have done it before. It's still... STUPID."

And he kept going, posting a series of tweets over the past 24 hours doubling-down on his reverence for stringed instruments, and, weirdly, claiming he could not "see it or hear it" when the SNL episode aired, while criticizing Bridgers' beloved skeleton costumes as "distracting" and calling the axe annihilation "old, wrong, copy cat... looks angry, destructive, wasteful, pointless."

Bridgers kept having fun with it, posting an epic Instagram shot of the moment with the caption "got some really great feedback from my performance! Next time I'll just burn it and it will be more expensive," dunking on Crosby for his gripe about how she didn't even bust-up an expensive instrument. While a number of musicians came to Bridgers' defense, including Kathleen Edwards and Jason Isbell, it was Flea who had the best response to the Cros-plaint that "it's what you do if you can't write."

"Hendrix couldn't write?" Flea tweeted.

Check out Bridgers' performance and the tweets below.