Man tries to 'mansplain' a song to the woman who wrote it, and Twitter can't stop laughing
Ah, the internet: such a wonderful place. Out there, anything is possible. You can follow your favourite celebrities on social media, reach out to them to say thank you for all the work/entertainment they've provided you with, or - if you feel so compelled - mansplain their own profession to them.
Ok, so it's probably not every day that this last thing happens, but, difficult though it may be to believe, there are some dudes out there who think they know what they're doing better than their female professional counterparts.
Just last week, musician Michelle Zauner - better known by her alias, Japanese Breakfast - took to Twitter to share a message she'd received from a "fan".
Unlike most DMs she got from admirers of her music, however, this one was a little more critical... and a lot more patronising.
"Hi I am one of your biggest fans," the message began. "I saw you in St Louis and you made me cry. Thanks it was beautiful."
Alright: so far, so good. But then it starts to get a bit more mansplainy.
"One of my favorite songs of yours is 'Till Death' although I didn't realize it at first I just realized the bass line sounds forced, I heard such beautiful Melody's in my head that were barely touched upon [sic].
"I am a musician/songwriter myself. Just some constructive criticism. Rock on and much love!"
Aaaand then it gets even worse.
"To be more specific, that song is so devastatingly beautiful and the bass riff really needs to be rudimentary. It deserves a simple dropping bass riff that isn't too flashy. Some of the parts of the current bass riff aren't that bad but on the whole the song needs that simple dropping bass riff.
"Also wouldn't hurt to try and change it up and do something that followed the rhythm of the bells/piano for one part.
"The song is beautiful as it is and deserves not to be overwhelmed by the bass riff."
Ummm, is this guy kidding? "Some of the parts of the current bass riff aren't that bad"? "It wouldn't hurt to try and change it up"? What a jerk.
Thankfully, Zauner herself had a pretty funny response to the whole thing (probably because she hears mansplaining like it all the time), and posted the one-sided conversation to Twitter with the tongue-in-cheek caption, "*rerecords album*".
And everyone else got a good laugh out of it, too:
So, thanks, random man, for giving us all something to laugh at today - but, next time, it's probably best to keep your "constructive criticism" to yourself.