A teen band wrote a song about racist
, sexist boys, and it quickly went viral
as a pandemic-era anthem.
The Los Angeles
Public Library recently hosted a concert to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander
Heritage Month, during which the garage punk band The Linda Lindas performed some of their songs, including one about anti-Asian discrimination titled “Racist Sexist Boy.”
To introduce the song, Mila, the band's 10-year-old drummer and singer, said, "A little while before we went into lockdown, a boy in my class came up to me and said that his father told him to stay away from Chinese people
, and after I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me."
“That experience inspired Eloise and me to write this song.”
As of Saturday night, a video of the performance posted by the library had been viewed more than 3.4 million times, and other online clips had been viewed millions of times.
Watch the full concert: https://t.co/Usv7HJ1lLR
pic.twitter.com/pKZ5TKDdiA — L.A. Public Library (@LAPublicLibrary) May 20, 2021
Mila, Eloise, and Lucia, all 13 years old, and their close friend Bela, 16, make up the band. They are all Asian Americans
, according to their website, "channels the spirit of original punk, power pop, and new wave through today's ears, eyes, and minds." They released their self-titled EP last year, as well as the single "Vote!"
“There was an election
that would change all of our lives, right? But we weren’t old enough to vote, so we wrote a song to encourage people who were old enough to vote to vote,” Eloise explained during their performance at the library.
Their new hit song and the group's Riot Grrrl vibe were lauded by new and old fans alike online, with The Linda Lindas' Instagram
following growing from 50,000 to over 172,000 between Thursday and Saturday.
“This was so awesome! All of the songs are great, but ‘Racist Sexist Boy’ was especially badass. So upsetting you had that experience, but great you were able to turn it into such an amazing song,” one YouTube
“Like, I wish I had this anthem for my own racist, sexist boy this past pandemic. An anthem, these super stars,” one Twitter user said.
Another said on Twitter, "This is the first band I will be RUNNING to see once I get my second shot."
Last year, the band wrote and performed an original song for “The Claudia Kishi Club,” a Netflix
documentary about the Japanese American character in the iconic Baby-Sitters Club books, which explores how, for many Asian American women, Kishi was one of the first times they saw themselves represented in popular media
in a stereotype-breaking way.