Jack White has responded to controversy over Meg White’s ability to play drums by publishing an original poem in support of his former White Stripes bandmate.
A spat erupted this week after writer Lachlan Markay called her a “terrible” drummer.
“The tragedy of The White Stripes is how good they are with a half decent drummer,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
“Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all” but that’s a well-crafted sound! Take. I’m sorry Meg White was terrible and there’s no better band than having a great beat.”
Since then, many fans and friends including Questlove, Karen Elson, and Jack himself have jumped to Meg’s defense and criticized Markay for his comments.
Elson, who was married to Meg’s ex-husband and bandmate between 2005 and 2013, tweeted: “Not only is Meg White an amazing drummer, Jack also said the White Stripes would be nothing without her.
“To the journalist who turned her down, keep my husband’s ex-wife’s name out of your mouth. (Please and thank you).”
Questlove wrote: “I try to leave ‘Trollscapes’ alone but this here is out of line yet. In fact, what’s wrong with music is that people choke the life out of music like an Instagram filter – trying to reach a high level of musical perfection that they don’t have.” Even the song (or music) serves.”
Jack himself has now shared a poem on Instagram in support of Meg, along with a picture of her on his Drumkit.
The poem begins: “To be born in another time, any era but ours would be fine.”
“100 years from now, 1,000 years from now, another time far away, different. One without demons and cowards and blood-stained vampires, and another with positive inspiration to promote what is good.”
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After the backlash, Markai posted a lengthy apology on Twitter on Tuesday night (March 14).
“You may have now seen an ill-advised (and since deleted) tweet I sent yesterday about the White Stripes and Meg White,” he said. It was a great match on TWS and White as drummer, and it was, let’s face it, really awful in every way. Petty, obnoxious, just plain wrong.
So many people have now thought, both of my bad and wholly unwarranted tone, and of the merits, pointing out that it is simply untrue. Guess what: they’re right! It was a terrible, mean thing to say—and also, you know, wrong—and I’m sorry strongly for saying it.”
He added a direct apology to Meg, writing, “To Meg White: I’m sorry. Really. And to women in the music business in general, who I think are disproportionately subject to this kind of wrongdoing, I regret to feed her too. I’ll really try to be more thoughtful.” The future, both here and beyond.
During her career, Meg has been one of the key figures in the garage rock revival of the 2000s and has been nominated for numerous awards as part of the White Stripes, including winning four Grammy Awards. They are consistently ranked on lists of the greatest drummers of all time.
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