Opinion: Phoebe Bridgers Controversial Ending to SNL Performance


By Emma Schieffer, Staff Writer

Phoebe Bridgers made her SNL debut last Saturday and ended the performance of her song ‘I Know the End’ by letting out two painful screams and smashing her guitar on a monitor.

Some people on Twitter didn’t find her actions too appealing, saying, “Why did this woman, Phoebe Bridgers, destroy her guitar on SNL? I mean, I didn’t care much for the song either, but that seemed extra,” Twitter user @mmpadellan said, and, “Sorry to put the show on blast like this, but I watch @nbcsnl to laugh, not to be scared out of my mind. You just lost a viewer,” Twitter user @zachbdunn said.

Twitter users are arguing that Bridgers doesn’t have too long of a career and didn’t earn that guitar smash. This isn’t all that true. As an independent artist, she is, but she’s in two other bands: boygenuis and Better Oblivion Community Center. She’s been nominated for four Grammys this year. And her newest album Punisher, which features I Know the End, is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album.

Phoebe’s fans fought against the middle-aged men in dad bands bashing on her performance. Her fans tweeted, “Phoebe Bridgers on SNL is the Super Bowl for the gays,” user @skellysuit said, or, “If I was Phoebe Bridgers and there was a pandemic the year I was 26 & released a Grammy nominated album that I couldn’t tour, I too would break a guitar at my first live gig back with my band, on SNL. Sounds fun,” user @daisyspanks said.

Personally, I love her and thought that the ending was funny. I can understand why people are taken aback by her doing that. She has a sweet voice, which juxtaposed the burst of “violence” in the song. I don’t think that people really need to be freaking out over it anyway.

Rock stars have been smashing their guitars for decades. Jimi Hendrix burned a guitar on stage once. It isn’t even the first time it’s happened on SNL. Nirvana destroyed their equipment after their performance on the show in 1992, and Intervention did it in 2007.

Some were concerned for the monitor and guitar itself after the smashing. The guitar itself was about $300, and Danelectro (the brand of the guitar) was contacted by Bridgers. “I told Danelectro I was going to do it and they wished me luck and told me they’re hard to break,” Bridgers said in a tweet the next day regarding the night before. The monitor was fake and set up for her to break as well.

Honestly, it was one of the best performances on SNL I’ve seen.