LA teen group’s song “Racist Sexist Boy” goes viral

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The Los Angeles Public Library kicked off its celebration of AAPI Heritage Month on May 4 as part of its “TEENtastic Tuesdays,” with a performance by Los Angeles youth group The Linda Lindas.

But it wasn’t until today that their set exploded on social media when LAPL posted their performance of “Racist Sexist Boy” on their social accounts. “Song of the day! Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello proclaimed on Twitter. And just because the drummer donned a Bikini Kill t-shirt, the band name riot grrrl was all the rage.

The Linda Lindas are a quartet made up of Mila, 10, Eloise, 13, Lucia, 14 and Bela, 16, who describe themselves as embodying the spirit of original punk, power pop and new wave at through the ears, eyes and minds of today. They’ve performed previously with Best Coast, Money Mark, and LA punk legend Alice Bag. When Bikini Kill reunited for a series of shows in 2019, they handpicked The Linda Lindas to open one of their sets at the Hollywood Palladium.

Set their sights on Hollywood, the predominantly teenage group wrote and performed an original song for “The Claudia Kishi Club,” a documentary about the power of “The Babysitter’s Club” character Claudia Kishi. As portrayed in the Netflix movie, she was a character who offered an Asian American portrayal to young girls in the ’80s and’ 90s when popular culture didn’t do much. Even beyond song, The Linda Lindas – a half-Asian, half-Latin band – itself channels the essence of Claudia Kishi, free and artistic, occupying the space of a long-known music scene. for his whitewashed male dominance.

“Shortly before we were confined, a boy came to me in my classroom and told me his dad told him to stay away from the Chinese,” the drummer said to introduce “Racist, Sexist Boys “. “After I told him I was Chinese, he walked away from me. Eloise and I wrote this song based on that experience.

The nine-song set includes other original songs, such as “Clauda Kishi”. They ended with a cover of “Big Mouth” by the Muffs, but not before struggling with “Rebel Girl” by Bikini Kill. It was a revival moment of their cameo in the Netflix movie “Moxie” where the Linda Lindas perform at a party for protagonist Vivian (Hadley Robinson) and all her new friends who have come together to fight sexism. in their high school.

Watch The Linda Linda’s full performance below.

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