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May 2021

Rina Sawayama tackles microaggressions head-on with her new single, 'STFU!'

She's signed to Dirty Hit, too.
Published: 9:47 pm, November 21, 2019
Rina Sawayama tackles microaggressions head-on with her new single, 'STFU!'

Rina Sawayama has dropped a monster of a new single, 'STFU!'.

The take-no-prisoners track arrives alongside the news that she's signed a new record deal with indie label Dirty Hit, home of The 1975, Wolf Alice, Pale Waves and King Nun.

“‘STFU!’ is a song about releasing the RAGE against microaggressions," she explains. "As a Japanese girl growing up in the West I dealt with an array of aggressors ranging from: sexual stereotypes, comparisons with Lucy Liu and Cho Chang, to having to be the unofficial PR person and tourist board to Tokyo (a city of Western fascination that I left when I was 4), to people shouting Asian greetings down the street (nihao! Konnichiwa!), and finally to people doing “slit eyes”.

"The way I’ve dealt with these microaggressions in recent years has been through comedy – my Asian friends and I have bonded over our shared experiences, laughing at how truly ridiculous these microaggressions are. Through humour and we heal and can move on. This is the spirit of ‘STFU!’ It was truly a therapeutic experience to condense all the things that people have said to me over the years into a situation that highlights how ridiculous these comments are when said all in one go in a context (like a first date) of flattery.”

Check out 'STFU!' below.


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