Phoebe Bridgers was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend. At the end of her performance of "I Know the End," she smashed her guitar. And it was beautiful and cathartic.
Bridgers' salute to ~rock 'n' roll~ instantly became a meme. First, because her guitar put up a good fight trying not to get smashed.
And then, and mostly, because people were cheering her on. And feeling as if they needed to watch her smash that guitar for their own healing.
The performance did cause some friction online after one person openly questioned why Bridgers would break her guitar onstage. "I mean, I didn't care much for the song either, but that seemed extra," user BrooklynDad_Defiant! said.
People on Twitter responded swiftly and came to Bridgers' defense. Many people pointed out that the guitar smash has been venerated as a rock 'n' roll tradition for decades — when male musicians do it, anyway.
One person simply responded, "cause its fuckin cool!!!!!"
And the verdict stands: It is fucking cool. Thank you, Phoebe, for smashing that guitar.