When Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman recently accused a music publicist of sexual assault, Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino chimed in to applaud her fellow musician for speaking up: “I was too freaked out to every say anything,” Cosentino tweeted at Coffman. “Seriously he’s not a good person on any level.”
Now, she’s speaking in an even more public forum: Cosentino appeared on The Daily Show Wednesday night to call out sexism in the music industry and elaborate on why she backed up Coffman like she did.
“As a woman, I felt it was so important to support my peer, my female peer,” she said. “When somebody like me or somebody like Amber or anybody out there comes forward and says, ‘This is the situation, I am not okay with it, the world should not be okay with it,’ that gives other women bravery to come forward and stand up and say, ‘I’ve experienced this. We really need to put an end to this kind of behavior.’”
Cosentino previously addressed music industry sexism in a February essay for Lenny Letter, where she wrote about being treated differently in the music world because she’s a woman. “I just want to be able to exist and make music without people asking me the question, ‘So what is it like to be a girl in a band?’” she wrote.
On The Daily Show, she acknowledged that she works with plenty of “incredible” men, but still deals with guys who imply that she doesn’t know as much as her male colleagues. “If I play a show at a venue, everyone else in my band is a man, there’s a sound guy that’s like, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about, you’re a woman,’” she said. “It’s like, ‘You don’t know how to work an amp, you’re a girl.’ It’s like, ‘No, actually I do, watch.’”
Watch the whole interview — which includes Cosentino demonstrating how to turn on an amp, for those who don’t know — below.