Jahan of Krewella speaks out on issues of sexism in lawsuit with Kris Trindl
Jahan and Yasmine of Krewella have largely kept silent within the eye of the media in regards to their pending lawsuit with former bandmate Kris Trindl. Since the announcement in late September, the two remaining members of the group have released a song titled “Say Goodbye” and only provided short official responses to the entire ordeal. Now, several months into the process and fueled by a palpable sense of frustration, Jahan took to Billboard to share a long editorial attempting to explain her own experience.
No stranger to the high levels of controversy surrounding her group’s name, Jahan, the older of the two sisters, directly addresses the issues, referring to herself as a member of the “most hated group in the electronic dance music scene.” The central focus of her article focuses on issues of gender: a surprisingly popular topic brought up between commentators of the Krewella lawsuit. Quoting Deadmau5’s not-so-subtle jab (“Don’t fire the guy who actually does shit”) and dozens of other blatantly sexist comments, Jahan explains her inability to remain silent regarding the issue.
I am asking for everyone to think about the impact this unwelcoming online environment has on our youth wanting success, respect and acceptance. Isn’t that what we all want? I am asking for everyone to think about girls who are looking at this public reaction who might now be discouraged to pursue an authentic place in a male-dominated industry […] This is for boys and girls, parents and children, straights and gays, because social rejection affects ALL of us.
Furthermore, Jahan broke the ice on the actual lawsuit details by explaining that despite the fact that the two girls were aware that Kris was often overshadowed in Krewella, the arrangement to depart from the group was ultimately due to Kris’s “decision to disassociate himself from the group and [when his] self-admitted addiction became out of our control,” which she further explains she believes is largely in part due to the fact that their former bandmate internalized the lack of attention from the fans. Even diving further back into their history, Jahan discussed the fact that Kris and her once dated (2006-2011), ultimately concluding that her relationship history should not be shameful or a necessary part of the ongoing discussion between the three.
Choosing to focus on the bigger picture, Jahan ends her editorial with a hopeful, persuasive mentality. Naming rising suicide and depression rates as proof, she claims that the sexism she faces is only part of a larger crisis surrounding gender, sexuality, and race.
If the future leaders of our world are spending 30-plus hours a week online, then let’s make sure it’s a place that breeds peace, love, unity and respect for one another (or is everyone too cool for PLUR now?). […] Is the message in your text box aligned with your future aspirations in life, like being a father, mother, lawyer, politician, actor, musician, activist or whatever your dream is? Please question your motives and the effects of anything you post. Impulses are unforgiving, and your words are powerful.
Circling back to the message also portrayed in their previous hit “United Kids of the World,” Jahan demands for an end to bullying — specifically online. “I want to see more people using their freedom of fucking speech to say something really provocative and powerful,” she explains. “Let’s channel our rage into a movement to make a positive change and put an END to online bullying.”