Björk's Christmas Message Is Tough and Uplifting, Just Like Her

Björk is so wise that people think Iceland gave her an island as a thank-you for her contribution to its culture. (It's a great story, but sadly, it's not true.)

What is true though is that Björk is not interested in fitting into any particular box. She's more interested in doing whatever she feels like, expectations be damned.

Which brings us to the message this week, wishing everyone a happy Winter solstice and Merry Christmas—and packed full of smart, tough love.

It all started when Björk headlined Houston's Day for Night Festival last weekend, as a DJ. Her decision to do a DJ set (rather than a traditional live show) upset reviewers. It also saw her cop criticism not leveled at other (male) acts who did the same thing.

To this, Björk says no.

Starting off with "Dear little miss media, !!!! happy winter solstice !!!", she then launched into an explanation of her concerns.

"As you know, the majority of my career I haven't moaned about sexism and just got on with it. But I'm feeling there is an enormous positive current in the sky, a flow with possible changes.

"So I wanted to mention one thing.

"Last weekend I DJ-d twice at a festival in Texas. It was a magical event with some of my favorite musicians DJingMost of us played mostly other people's music and would slide in instrumentals of what we've been working on recently.

"But some media could not get their head around that I was not "performing" and "hiding" behind desks. And my male counterparts not. And I think this is sexism, which at the end of this tumultuous year is something I'm not going to let slide: because we all deserve maximum changes in this revolutionary energy we are currently in the midst of."

Björk then had some very true things to say about the different ways female and male musicians are treated.

"Women in music are allowed to be singer songwriters singing about their boyfriends. If they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math beat editing, or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticized: journalists feel there is just something missingas if our only lingo is emo"

And then the clincher:

"If we don't cut our chest open and bleed about the men and children in our lives we are cheating our audience."

Having personally witnessed someone singing a tear-jerking-ly good version of Bjork's iconic love anthem 'It's Oh So Quiet' at karaoke just last week, I know there is absolutely no doubt this woman knows how to write about love. (Her most recent album Vulnicura, all about heartbreak, got me through a traffic-jammed bus ride from New York to Washington.)

She also knows how to write about a whole lot more. As do all female musicians, writers and artists. But she's absolutely right, it's not expected of us.

Björk's solution is a forward-looking one.

"I know the change is in the air," she wrote on Facebook. "We are walking inside it.

"Therefore I leave this with you in kindness at the end of this year, and I hope that in the next year even though I was brave to share w you a classic female subject matter: the heartbreak, I get to have a costume change and walk out of this rolelet's make 2017 the year where we fully make the transformation!!!

"!!!The right to variety for all the girls out there!!!


"Merry Christmas


Now that is a holiday message I can definitely get behind.

Here's to 2017, and Björk.

You can read her full post below: