Neko Case Playboy Tweet Stirs Debate

By: Mike Tuttle - May 26, 2014

Singer Neko Case has come out swinging against, Playboy. Now, when you first hear that, you probably imagine some battle of the sexes royale with an empowered and empowering female heroine on one side and a stodgy old men’s magazine known for female skin on the other.

But that isn’t exactly how it all went down. The whole thing started with an article tweet from Playboy Magazine, which seemed to praise Neko Case’s career her album, called The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

In what someone at Playboy probably thought was a compliment, the Hugh Hefner legacy mag tweeted:

“Artist Neko Case is breaking the mold of what women in the music industry should be.”

Case herself responded in short order, and probably not in the way that Playboy expected.

“Am I? I’M NOT A FUCKING ‘WOMAN IN MUSIC,’ I’M A FUCKING MUSICIAN IN MUSIC!” and then tweeting “DON’T PEGGY OLSEN ME, MOTHERFUCKERS.”

Case’s reference to the Mad Men character, Peggy Olsen, shouts out that she thinks Playboy’s comment belongs in a long-past past. Olsen is a character always fighting to be seen as capable in the man’s world of Mad Men.

Reactions to Case’s calling of Playboy on the carpet have varied. One commenter opined:

“Wow — talk about a stretch. It’s hard to see how any educated person could twist what Playboy wrote into something completely different. Seems like fake outrage for media attention. Like many others, I’ve never heard of her. She probably realizes any press is good press. Some people can’t take a compliment evidently.”

Many commenters seem to have no idea who Neko Case is, referring to her as a newer one-hit wonder, even though she has released nine solo albums since 1997, as well as appearing on half a dozen other records as member of a band.

“3 Years from now no one will know her name among the one hit wonders of times past. And Playboy will still be selling magazines from pool and grotto side. She sounds like a real snotbag, she can keep her music and her opinions and shove em right up her NEKO whatever that means?”

In reality, Case has been nominated for three Grammy awards, two for her previous album Middle Cyclone, and one for the album under discussion .

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  • a

    She needs to get over herself and learn to take a complement. Spoiler alert! the whole world isn’t out to attack you lady

  • vogel

    Its a compliment that she is a woman in the music industry? I applaud Ms. Case for seeing past the Playboy mask of female “empowerment”. Obviously, to Playboy women are still silly little naked objects who’s place is to entertain men. It seems that Ms. Case felt like she was getting a pat on the head from Playboy…and she told them just what they can do with their condescending kudos.

    • kstailey

      Boy are you still in the dark ages.

    • captain psychedelic

      Enter this century

  • captain psychedelic

    This woman really needs to lighten up.

  • A Fan

    I totally get where she is coming from. She is a musician in music. She is to me, an unsung hero in music. More class and talent than most musician in the business today.

    • RPK

      “DON’T PEGGY OLSEN ME MOTHERFUCKERS”. Classy is not the first thing that came to mind.

  • HAL9000

    “Artist Neko Case is breaking the mold of what women in the music industry should be.” It sounds to me like Playboy is actually pointing the finger at the music industry and how they tend to pigeon-hole women into certain categories and genres. They’re not saying she’s breaking the mold of what women should be, she’s breaking the mold of what the music industry expects them to be. When it comes to commercial music, it’s all in the packaging and according to Playboy, she’s not falling prey to that. That sounds like a good compliment on several levels.

  • Lucy

    It was a compliment you moron – It’s hard to see how any educated person could twist what Playboy wrote into something completely different. Seems like fake outrage for media attention. She probably realizes any press is good press and since nobody ever heard of her, she wants press!

  • http://www.jinglejanglejungle.net/ Mary Burris

    sounds like someone is a bit hormonal…

  • dranoeldragon .

    Well there’s an album I won’t be buying. While the Playboy writer could have said that better, she could have been a LOT less sensitive about it. But I’ve known lots of women like that.
    Me: Good Morning.
    Waitress: How you want your eggs, asshole?
    Me: To go.

  • david95

    Any controversy adds $$$$ to your banking account. You go girl. Stir up as much controversy as you can.

    Oh, BTW. Don’t even think I’m buying your stupid album.