Pitchfork Critic Apologizes to Liz Phair for Past 0.0 Rating
Sun, April 18, 2021

Pitchfork Critic Apologizes to Liz Phair for Past 0.0 Rating


Pitchfork music critic Matt LeMay is now owning up to the “condescending” nature of his review of Liz Phair’s self-titled album, and he wants to backtrack on the things he had said after being able to understand her better. 


According to Yahoo Entertainment,  LeMay had written a “condescending and cringey 0.0 review” on the album, and since then, he has been able to listen and appreciate the album for being ahead of its time. 


He said that this was the reason he had said the things he said about Phair’s prior work. After reading Rob Tannenbaum’s interview with Phair, LeMay was able to safely pinpoint where he had let his ignorance seep into his review. He said: 


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“The idea that ‘indie rock’ and ‘radio pop’ are both cultural constructs? Languages to play with? Masks for an artistry to try on? Yeah. I certainly did not get that. @PhizLair DID get that -- way before many of us did.” 


The tweet was brought to Phair’s attention, and she said she viewed the review as a “well-rendered” criticism of her work, and that the 0.0 rating didn’t hurt her or her artistry as much. Phair even said she appreciated it for having “some humor to it.” 


What Phair expressed she didn’t like was the New York Times’ writer Meghan O’Rourke’s review of her and her work. Phair cited a particular quote that just went straight to attacking O’Rourke’s sexuality and shaming her decisions to reach a wider audience. 


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She opened up about that in a Vulture interview, saying, “What she did was like a real public shaming. [She said] it was shameful and I was a terrible mother for doing that. I say, give me more freedom while I’m here on this earth. With record reviews, I don’t even mind, if you write it well. I’m kind of proud Pitchfork gave me a 0.0 for ‘Liz Phair.’ But she was literally trying to shame me to not be sexual as a mother, and to make me feel sorry for trying to reach a broader audience.”