What Is "Seapunk," and What Did Rihanna and Azealia Banks Do To It?
I can't believe there's actually a Twitter war going on (when isn't there a war on Twitter?) over the legitimacy of #Seapunk.
Azealia Banks in the offending "Atlantis" video.
What's that "hashtag seapunk," you ask? Imagine if you took Lisa Frank's fetish for porpoises, ran it through crappy late-'90s Geocities GIFs, and added some terrible, too-clever ocean-themed puns. Now, Zombelle and others that spawned this Tumblr miscarriage are calling out Rihanna and Azealia Banks for "stealing" their "style."
First, the Internet lashed out against Rihanna for her atrocious green screen fail on SNL, now folks are saying they had the gaudy idea first. And it's obvious that Banks' new video for "Atlantis" salutes an undersea Tim and Eric with none of the subtly, but in an interview with SPIN, Banks said "Seapunk isn't real, you know?"
Unfortunately, it is real. Sort of.
The Noisey article "Seapunk Washes Up" is an excellent look into the "history" of Seapunk, as told by the creators themselves. It all began when Brooklyn DJ and Twitter disciple @lilinternet dreamt of punk leather jackets with barnacles instead of studs and it soon became an inside joke between his friends. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga dyed their hair briny colors, Nicki Minaj did a Vogue shoot in blue paint and once The New York Times picked up the trend, seapunk was in the spotlight.
It isn't surprising that Banks tried to capitalize off a weird, little Internet trend, and we all know that Rihanna isn't original, but perhaps the dissenters should be thanking these Little Mermaid wannabes for giving them some unnecessary attention. They didn't invent GIFs or blue hair dye or ancient video editing software or any of this. Sure they named it, but who gives a fuck? I named my cat Vonnegut, it doesn't mean I wrote Slaughterhouse 5.Yet, the shrill 140-character cries continue to bemoan their uncredited "art" trend.
19-year old microblogger/model @BebeZeva claimed via Twitter, "the CONTENT doesn't matter, what HAPPENED to the content does. y'all are such one-dimensional pawns of capitalism and i am so sorry 4 that." [sic, like crazy]. She expatiated (as much as one can on a medium for illiterate ADHD dweebs) "this isn't a discussion about art, this is a discussion about capitalism."