Chet Faker Performs At The Sydney Opera House, 06.11.15 / Photo: Yael Stempler

Chet Faker Apologises For “Missing The Point” On Hottest 100 Gender Inequality Issue

If you listened to triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2015 countdown yesterday like a great deal of the Australian population, you probably noticed the absence of female artists in the top 10 (excluding MØ’s feature on Major Lazer & DJ Snake’s Lean On and Lorde’s vocals on Disclosure’s Magnets).

Writer Erin Riley was one listener who observed this stark lack of diversity, highlighting the gender inequality in the countdown with reference to past winners Chet Faker and Vance Joy.

As The Vine point out, Faker, who has appeared in multiple Hottest 100s and took out the 2014 title, appeared to have missed Riley’s point, replying with now-deleted tweets which read:

“I skipped school every Wednesday yr12 to go 2 swinburne sec & sit in on audio class my school wouldn’t offer”


“Studied at RMIT tafe audio engineering for 3 yes paid myself while busking in the city and working bar jobs.”

The backlash against Faker for not recognising the point of Riley’s tweet, was swift. Fellow feminist writer Clementine Ford is one person who was unimpressed with Faker’s response, asserting that Riley’s comment wasn’t about the Trouble singer.

Today Faker backtracked yesterday’s tweets, admitting that he had made a mistake by taking Riley’s tweet personally and indeed supports the need for gender inequality.

At the same time though, Riley was also met with unwarranted backlash, reporting that reactions to her tweet were abusive.

“I really didn’t think this was a revolutionary idea,” she later wrote on her blog, “yet the reaction I had to this pretty simple tweet was far more aggressive and, frankly, abusive than anything I experienced after I published a piece about sexism and cricket a few weeks ago.”

Since the Hottest 100’s inception, only four winning songs have featured a female artist: The Cranberries’ Zombie in 1994, Spiderbait with Buy Me a Pony in 1996, Gotye ft. Kimbra with Somebody that I Used to Know in 2011 and Angus & Julia Stone’s Big Jet Plane in 2010.

No solo female act has ever won the top spot and this year no female-fronted bands or solo female acts even cracked the top 10.

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