James Blake Is Sick Of Being Called A 'Sad Boy'
The singer has called the label "unhealthy and problematic".
James Blake has had enough of being called a "sad boy", according to a statement he posted to social media on Sunday.
In the note, Blake said the term is used whenever he releases new music, especially when said music focuses on his feelings.
"I've always found that expression unhealthy and problematic when used to describe men," the 29-year-old wrote.
After releasing his latest single "Don't Miss It", Blake saw criticisms of his music using the term that's followed him around for a few years.
"We are already in an epidemic of male depression and suicide. We don't need any further proof that we have hurt men with our questioning of their need to be vulnerable and open.
"It is only ever a good thing to talk about what is on your mind."
Blake's statement went on to say, "There is no great victory in machismo and bravado in the end. The road to mental health and happiness, which I feel so passionately about, is paved with honesty".
The statement seemed to be in direct response to a Pitchfork write-up on "Don't Miss It" which called it a "beautifully brutal song to add to Blake's large catalogue of sumptuous sad boy music".
Blake's statement against toxic masculinity preventing men from voicing their struggles was re-posted by artists from across the industry, echoing his sentiments and congratulating him on speaking out.
Though it's interesting to note a handful of people called out Blake for his suggestion that women don't face the same kinds of criticism.
It's definitely weighted differently in how these kinds of labels are attached to men and women -- look at someone like Taylor Swift who has been called everything from man eater to serial victim for singing about her past relationships.
Blake does have a point though, when it comes to men expressing themselves it's often looked down on or belittled, which is a dangerous framing of personal expression. Blake calling it out is a brilliant step in not limiting the healthy outlets men can have in voicing their struggles.
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