Jess Kent Wrote An F U Song To Internet Culture

Nowadays, most artists handle internet hate pretty much the same way. They post a semi-cryptic tweet about their butt-hurt feelings, share some sappy quote about “loving yourself” and then follow it up with a selfie captioned with a paragraph about how “others’ words don’t define you.”

It’s all pretty predictable and eyeroll-worthy coming from the rich and famous, really.

Singer Jess Kent has a much more entertaining and probs mentally healthy approach: she pretty much laughs at internet hate.

The Aussie native singer just recently released the video for her song “Trolls,” an anthem that basically says F U to online haters with a smile, even shouting them out by saying, “This one’s for all you little shits.”

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“The reason song is kind of up and bouncy and fun in kind of a sarcastic way of saying, ‘f the haters,’ ” Jess told us. The 22-year-old is about as down to earth as it gets and is pretty much un-fazed by industry standards. In fact, she seems to take everything with as little seriousness as possible.

“I think one of the things about ‘Trolls’ is the place that it stems from was actually kind of a funny place,” she told Galore. “The reason we started writing the song, the writer I was with, Dan Hugh, we were kind of hanging out and we ended of just talking loads of rubbish and then we ended up on a YouTube rabbit hole of I don’t know what we were watching!”

From there, they went off on a tangent talking about how insane internet culture has gotten, and the idea for the song was born.

Jess describes “Trolls” as an “internet ‘Shake It Off,'” and really doesn’t see any point in giving people hiding behind computer screens and iPhones the time of day.

“I know you like to make statements/All you demons in basements,” she raps in the second verse — which is something a lot of more sensitive stars should keep in mind! Internet trolls are the lowest form of humanity. Their opinions don’t matter whatsoever.

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“There’s going to be people in real life and social media for everyone, not just me, and you can’t base your life off something one troll said.” she says, also noting that the song may have been a way for her to help mentally prepare for hate she could encounter as her career grows.

“I think it was a little bit of self therapy to try and wrap my head around the thought that that may be something I have to deal with in the future,” she said. “You definitely need to have a thick skin in this industry!”

Social media pretty much dominates every industry now a days, especially in music. So many artists, including Jess, have found their fame through the internet. Print ads and magazines seem to have much less of a voice in how society portrays certain figures, whereas sites like Twitter and especially Instagram have become responsible for the rise and fall of so many artists. However, Jess doesn’t seem all that concerned with anything that pressures her to be anything but herself.

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Photography and Interview by Keri Dolan


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