Published Aug 17, 2014This summer has been a bad one for overdose deaths at music festivals, and now Canadian art-pop star Grimes has joined the chorus of voices decrying hard drug use. In a Tumblr statement, the singer known as Claire Boucher lashed out at people who have added pro-drug quotes to her Wikipedia page.
The quote in question comes from a 2012 interview with CMJ about her album Visions. She was quoted as saying, "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."
Since that time, it seems that she has had a change of heart. Stereogum points out that the Wikipedia page has been edited multiple times to remove the quote, but people keep putting it back in. On Tumblr, she wrote, "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." She further condemned whoever keeps adding the quote, and added that she has lost friends to drug use.
As of press time, Grimes' Wikipedia page includes both the contentious quote in question and the subsequent Tumblr statement about it. Read the statement 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.