Originally a DJ trio composed of Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf, and Kris Trindl, Krewella is a name that rings strongly throughout the EDM community. Their rise to mainstream fame started early in 2013 with their single Alive, the feel-good summer anthem of 2013 that could be heard on any main stage. Since then, the Krewella has released bangers such as Legacy and Live for the Night, dominated main stages at milestone events like EDC, and, sadly, broken up.
Kris Trindl has reportedly been removed from the group due to his struggles with addiction, leaving the Yousaf sisters to carry on Krewella. As much as the sisters had hoped to see their fans support their decision to put a friend's health over business, the EDM community was outraged. Fans, as well as Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a Deadmau5, argued that Trindl is the talent of the group and accused the Yousaf sisters of making it in the industry solely on their looks. The slaughter of trolling, bashing, and hating on Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf has been ongoing since Trindl's removal in September.
Jahan's Opinion on the Impact of Social Media
Jahan's op-ed on Billboard is a huge deal, because on March 5, 2014, she decided to remove her online presence, claiming that she'd “rather remain silent in a system where people are hustling to fit in and bowing down to those with an elevated online status." Jahan shared with her followers that her addiction to social media and maintaining an online presence took away from her quality of life as well as her devotion to music. But she could only enjoy the silence from social media for so long. Here's a taste of what's being said about her and Yasmine:
- “Those two fucking whores of Krewella are scum of the earth."
- “Congrats on becoming sellout whores."
- “Yousaf sisters are just whores for people to talk about."
These are just three of thousands of hateful tweets and comments directed to Jahan and Yasmin. Fed up with all this noise, Jahan took to Billboard to release her frustrations with the situation, as well as comment on the nasty online behavior and cyberbullying that her and her sister have been subjected to.
Cyberbullying and Social Rejection in a Nutshell
Rather than accosting her haters for not knowing both sides of the story, Jahan takes her sudden online infamy as a “whore" who chose money over friendship as an opportunity to remind people of the psychologically damaging effects of cyberbullying.
“I ask that you step outside your little bubble—or do your research—and understand that a huge portion of our youth's depression, self-destructiveness and cognitive behavioral disorders are a result of societal rejection and shaming that occurs on the internet."
This harassment and online aggression towards Krewella has gotten out of hand. The issue here is that Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf are not only being critiqued for their music, but that they are also being demoralized and attacked. Jahan reminds people that she is human regardless of being a celebrity and a public figure. Like many other normal human beings, she does not deserve to be bullied, shamed, and rejected from her own community.
The Prevalence of Online Violence Against Women
One of the main issues Jahan addresses in her article is online violence against women. This is particularly important due to the fact that young women are more likely to fall victim to severe cyberbullying, such as stalking and sexual harassment. After reading comments suggesting she should pursue porn instead of music, Jahan felt the need to explain to her critics the magnitude of their derogatory and sexual comments towards the female gender:
“My analysis of the public reaction is a wakeup call that there is still a stigma associated with being a woman: that I am a conspiring and manipulative free-loader who doesn't work as hard or is as talented as a man—and that I use sex to advance my career."
The message that comes across is that the sisters cannot hold the group together without their leading man, Kris. What originated as a controversy over the morals of having a friend's back eventually became the attack on the creative competence of two girls. Jahan feels that because of this strong, negative attitude towards women, few are able to break free from this stereotype and hold powerful positions in the workforce and society. As much as Jahan believes that she can succeed without a man, the seemingly infinite newsfeed that says otherwise makes it hard.
Jahan Encourages Everyone To Help End Cyberbullying
“I am grateful for the handful who showed their concerns for us regarding the repulsive comments, but I am not asking for sympathy. I am asking for everyone to think about the impact this unwelcoming online environment has on our youth wanting success, respect and acceptance."
According to NOBullying.com, 52 percent of young people have been cyber bullied, and additionally, these victims are more likely to struggle with self-esteem and contemplate suicide. Hopefully, Jahan's op-ed strikes a chord with Krewella's upset fans and reminds people to be more mindful of their actions online.
Date of original publication: December 10, 2014.
Updated on May 17, 2019.
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