Posted in music on December 5, 2012

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PRESS RELEASE:

Jack White has issued the following statement to correct an excerpt from his upcoming cover story in British Esquire that was taken completely out of context--and actually edited to change its original meaning--in an NME.com news post.

The original quote referred to the state of image-based celebrity in general was twisted by the NME who changed the original quote, tacking the words "Lady Gaga's music" on to the original quote--words Jack never actually said.

White commented in full:

I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the internet and twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises. Peace to lady gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.

Thank you.

Jack White III
Jack White's 2012 album has been named one of the best of the year by NME - and by MOJO, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Q Magazine, The Alabama Shakes and UNCUT

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Comments (17)

NME sucks ballz - Jack White

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:27 PM

"maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task"

laughed at that

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:28 PM

This statement was surprisingly non-douchey

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:29 PM

Listen, I just want to clarify that I am completely 100% against Gaga's music and hate her lack of authenticity.

Posted by Taylor Swift | December 5, 2012 2:34 PM

I'd just like to state that these are the sole opinions of Jack White, and Jack White only. I personally think Lady Gaga sucks baws.

Posted by Meg White | December 5, 2012 2:37 PM

NME is notorious for doing stuff like this though. The headline will be something like "Dave Grohl says new Strokes album is doo doo" and the actual quote is like, "Sure, I think the new Strokes album is doo doo. And anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy the taste of doo doo."

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:38 PM

My grandfather's work was doo doo!

Posted by Dr. Frankenstein | December 5, 2012 2:42 PM

and then of course Pitchfork regurgitated the same tabloid crap

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:49 PM

Class... is... dismissed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:04 PM

I've always liked Jack White - his music, not so much. I loved the fact he beat the shit out of the singer of the Von Bondies for being a two-faced dickhead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:18 PM

Homey needs to get some sun

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:29 PM

It's the pot calling the kettle White.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 3:37 PM

The statement, "I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image", really explains the hat he's wearing in the above photo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:40 PM

is that lady gaga next to him holding the cello?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 10:33 PM

Not a fan. I find him trite and his music doesn't move me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 10:33 AM

I get it, being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man is the new not being an intolerant prick and hating a thoughtful man

Posted by Animeiat | March 27, 2013 12:47 PM

I follow his work for some time now, I hope one day to see him in person

Posted by Massagem | April 8, 2013 8:01 PM

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