Song of the Day #4,718: ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ – The Linda Lindas

This blog likely isn’t the first place you’ve encountered ‘Racist, Sexist Boy,’ performed by the tween band The Linda Lindas last month at the L.A. Public Library to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

This clip went viral after the library shared it on Instagram and the internet couldn’t resist the juxtaposition of these adorable kids unleashing such a righteous burst of punk rock venom.

As 10-year-old drummer Mila explains, she and her sister were inspired to write this song after an encounter with the titular boy, whose anti-Asian bigotry in light of COVID-19 was passed down from his parents.

The Linda Lindas had a successful run before their viral hit, opening for punk band Bikini Kill and — after producer Amy Poehler saw that performance — scoring an appearance in the Netflix film Moxie.

Surely some of that success is due to two of the girls being the daughters of Paramore producer Carlos de la Garza, but connections only get you so far. ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ — and the internet’s reaction to it — is the real deal.

[Mila]
(One, two
One, two, three, four!)

[Chorus: Eloise]
Racist, sexist boy
You are a racist, sexist boy
And to have really take the joy
Fake dance, shoot and destroy
You are a racist, sexist boy

[Mila]
(One, two
One, two, three, four!)

[Verse 1: Mila]
You say mean stuff and
You close your mind to things you don’t like
You turn away from what you don’t wanna see

[Chorus: Eloise]
Racist, sexist boy
You are a racist, sexist boy
And you have racist, sexist joys
We rebuild what you destroy
You are a racist, sexist boy
[Mila]
(One, two
One, two, three, four!)

[Verse 2: Mila]
You say mean stuff and
You close your mind to things you don’t like
You turn away from what you don’t wanna hear

[Bridge: Both]
Poser
Blockhead
Riffraff
Jerkface

[Outro: Eloise]
Racist, sexist boy
You are a racist, sexist boy

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,718: ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’ – The Linda Lindas

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Clearly, I’m out of the viral loop, as this is the first I am hearing or hearing about this video. Not a fan of the music, but appreciate the sentiment.

  2. Amy says:

    I don’t know… seems connections do get you pretty freaking far. I have seen them all over, though I’ve yet to listen to the song as punk is decidedly not my cup of tea.

    Finding out this morning about their father being a big time producer definitely makes their story far less charming than I was initially finding it. :;

  3. Clay says:

    I don’t know. Surely the vast majority of people responding to and sharing this video have no idea of the girls’ parentage. And the titular racist, sexist boy certainly didn’t care. I’m sure their connections played a role in them landing the gig, but it’s a public library, not Coachella.

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