Whirr dropped from Run For Cover after posting transphobic tweets about G.L.O.S.S., then apologized
photo: Whirr at Baby's All Right in April (more by Mimi Hong)
Whirr are no strangers to controversy, but yesterday they came under fire for some offensive comments that got them dropped from one of their labels. They posted a series of tweets insulting G.L.O.S.S., the Olympia, WA punk band of transgender women whose name stands for Girls Living Outside Society's Shit. The tweets were as follows:
Plenty of other people on Twitter immediately took notice and called them out for transphobia, including several other bands. Their Run for Cover labelmates Crying, Tiny Engines band Adult Mom, members of Swearin' and Waxahatchee and more all weighed in:
Nothing, who share a member with Whirr, tweeted that whoever made that post from the Whirr account "does not have ANYTHING to do with my opinions or this band." The singer of G.L.O.S.S. also joined Twitter just to fuck with Whirr:
One of Whirr's labels, Run For Cover Records, took notice and quickly decided to drop Whirr from their label:
Whirr's most recent album came out on Graveface Records, who have yet to comment.
UPDATE: Nick Bassett (the member who is also in Nothing) deleted the tweets about G.L.O.S.S. and posted the following apology:
UPDATE 2: Graveface has now tweeted the following:
UPDATE 3: Pitchfork asked Run For Cover if Whirr's apology changes their decision at all, and RFC's Jeff Casazza replied:
Frankly, no, it doesn't change anything. We were aware of the information in Whirr's statement when we made the decision. Although the band is not signed to our label, and never have been, we have decided to not work with them in the future, and stop selling their releases we did have a hand in. Also, despite being at a financial net loss with Whirr and Camera Shy, we will be donating $3,000 to a TBA non profit in support of equal rights for LGBTQ.
We will be posting what organization later today, we just didn't want to jump the gun on that decision.