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  • Bridgers made headlines with her debut “Saturday Night Live” performance, where she smashed her guitar during the final song.
  • Proceeds from the auction will go to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

Phoebe Bridgers made headlines with her “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) musical debut on Feb. 6. First donning her signature skeleton garb, she traded it in for the grand finale, returning to the stage in a custom Gucci dress adorned with a pearl-crafted ribcage. She performed her hit “I Know The End” and then proceeded to smash her guitar, igniting a firestorm on social media debating the age-old antic and women in the rock scene. Now, she’s fanning the flames in pursuit of a good cause.

Having somewhat survived the smashing, Bridgers’s guitar is now up for auction, with all proceeds going to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD.


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Following Bridgers’s “SNL” performance, among those who weighed in on her act was 79-year-old singer-songwriter David Crosby of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, who tweeted it was "Pathetic," resulting in a back-and-forth between himself and Bridgers. 

Online, commenters were quick to point out that male rockers, such as Pete Townshend and Jimmy Hendrix, were all known to have smashed their guitars and faced little of the backlash Bridgers did, leading to a debate over the standards and treatment of women in rock music. 

This isn’t the first time that Bridgers has spoken on the subject. In 2019, Bridgers was among a group of women who appeared in a New York Times article alleging abuse at the hands of musician Ryan Adams, who she claimed reached out to her offering to help her music career before it developed into an abusive relationship. His former wife, actress Mandy Moore, also alleged abuse in the article.

Upon announcing the guitar’s auction, Bridgers tweeted,it can finally be yours @thedavidcrosby.”

Bids can be entered in $500 increments, with the most recent bid at $11,500. The auction closes on Sunday, April 11.


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Published on Apr 09, 2021