Green Day Face Backlash over Their Male-Authored Book "for the Rebellious Everywoman"
The book's description promises that it's intent on "celebrating true rebel girls — girls who push back, girls who use their voice, girls who say no — Last of the American Girls takes on both the establishment and the upwardly mobile, espousing an infectious spirit that has never been more relevant."
The problem people are having, though, is that between the members of Green Day and their collaborator Caruso, the feminine book is being penned by an entirely male group of creators.
As observed by NME, a number of people have taken to Twitter to air their grievances with Green Day's project.
boys i love u with all of my heart and would happily take SEVERAL bullets for you but dont you think the main ''rule'' to being an independent woman in punk should be to, well, not be told how to live their lives by men who have no experience in what its like to live as a woman??— lina (@wedrovenorth) April 2, 2019
I'm sure this book will be inspiring and meaningful to Green Day's fans, and no one can take that away from them. But if you're going to claim to empower women with your book you should probably consider the optics of having no women involved in creating it.— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) April 3, 2019
"MAYBE THEIR WIVES HELPED?" pic.twitter.com/Oc6h8skTGb— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) April 3, 2019
I'm a HUGE fan of Green Day — they are my favourite — but why in the hell are they writing a handbook for women???— Tania Freedman 🇨🇦 (@TaniaFreedman) April 2, 2019
A writing class in 2016— Steve Lee Naish (@RiffsandMeaning) April 3, 2019
Instructor: The most important thing is to write about what you know, your experiences and your perspective.
Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool enter.
Green Day: Sorry we're late. What did we miss?
Instructor: Just take a seat. You'll catch up. https://t.co/YRzivePmaM
greenday,, a band of men,, making a book,, for women,, about how to be independent punks uhhhh— m (@yoonseoknation) April 3, 2019
A bunch of guys, writing a book about the last american woman with no female contributors 👏👏👏...— Michael Lastre (@M_Last0ftheTray) April 3, 2019
I love Green Day but could we have had literally any of the overlooked women in this genre working on this book as well? Why do men always profit off of women bro idk.— jolkien rolkien rolkien (@MoonlitProphecy) April 3, 2019
Green Day publishing a book about women without incorporating women...sounds very unpunk to me, boys— kathleen (@k_leenn) April 3, 2019
If you still want to know about Green Day's thoughts on how to be an independent punk woman, the graphic novel will arrive October 29 through Dey Street Books.