What in the world is going on?
When Ed Sheeran
compared Olivia Rodrigo
and Avril Lavigne
in an interview
with the radio show "Most Requested Live," many fans
of the two artists were outraged.
“I love Olivia Rodrigo,” Sheeran said on the show on Sunday. “I'm not sure if she would like this comparison, but I've been saying for years that the world needs a new Avril Lavigne.”
“You know, like a girl who rocks out and writes the song, and she's 17, and she's fantastic,” the “Shape of You” singer explained.
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released smash-hit debut singles in their late teens
, with Lavigne's "Complicated" in 2002 and Rodrigo's "Drivers License" in January. Both artists also write their own music
However, when Sheeran's remark went viral
following his interview, many Rodrigo and Lavigne fans pointed out that both female artists
are individuals, and Lavigne is still releasing music.
The only avril lavigne is releasing a new pop punk
album this summer pic.twitter.com/mOY77Vta7C — sk8er (@headabovewter) June 27, 2021
The world wants one female artist, and everyone else is a different version of the same female artist https://t.co/k2iiKIpu7b
— anya (@swftsfilms) June 28, 2021
I think he's just saying her music sounds like avril's old ones, not that she's replacing her — lincey euro era (@reputari) June 28, 2021
Can we normalize stopping calling someone the "new ___" and allowing them to be their own artist instead of comparing everything they do to someone who came before them? https://t.co/6SfajqTV4a
|| fan account (@greedymotivez) June 27, 2021
Why do men constantly compare women — My Name Is James (@_JamesGtfo) June 27, 2021
Literally, Avril still exists and makes music.. I mean, how would you react if someone said, "We need a new Ed Sheeran"? — sammy (@noticesammy) June 27, 2021
Although Sheeran's remark may have come across as unfairly pigeonholing both women, the comparison had already been made on Twitter before he said anything.
“Finally heard Olivia Rodrigo on the radio for the first time; thought it was Avril Lavigne,” one tweeter said last Tuesday.