.

Ezra Koenig: Believe in Your Selfie

Vampire Weekend singer defends the youth against accusations of Instagram narcissism

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend performs in Chicago.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
November 22, 2013 10:00 AM ET

This week, Oxford Dictionaries announced that its 2013 Word of the Year is "selfie." One person who was less than thrilled about the choice is Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. "You know, I got really excited about the word 'selfie' in 2012," he tells Rolling Stone. "So when I see that it's the word of the year in 2013, I feel like, 'Tell me about some new words!'"

See Where Vampire Weekend's Self-Titled Debut Ranks on Our 100 Best Albums of the 2000s

That said, Koenig is firmly in favor of selfies. "I'm definitely pro-selfie," he says. "I think that anybody who's anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn't people take pictures of themselves? When I'm on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I'm like, 'Thank you.' I don't need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There's only one you."

Adds Koenig, "I could Google image search 'the sky' and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can't Google, you know, 'What does my friend look like today?' For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that's a great thing."

The singer is scornful of those who see selfie-snapping as a sign of narcissism. "There's all this bullshit about 'the younger kids today are more self-absorbed,'" he says. "It's like, give me a fucking break! I've been in nursing homes, where my grandma is. I've seen some of the most selfish people on the planet in there. . . And the world that these kids are born into literally could not get more selfish. The world is so fucked-up and unequal and full of assholes. You can't blame it on the younger generation."

Koenig was unaware of "Selfies at Funerals," the recent Tumblr collecting selfies taken at what some see as an inappropriate place. "No, I didn't hear about that," he says. "But you know what? When I die, everybody is invited to come take a selfie at my funeral. Except for my enemies. They're not invited to the funeral, period."

Vampire Weekend resume their Modern Vampires of the City tour on December 1st in Rochester, N.Y.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com