Charli XCX‘s documentary The F Word and Me – with the f-word in this case standing for feminism – premiered Tuesday on BBC 3. While touring in support of her 2014 LP Sucker, XCX interviewed fellow artists at each festival stop to “find out what feminism really means and to see if girls are finally ruling the world.” Along the way, XCX talked to Ryn Weaver, Jack Antonoff, Marina Diamandis and more about feminism. “Female musicians are still in the minority. I think it’s important to stand up and be counted, and there are plenty of other women here who feel the same way,” the singer said.
Charli XCX also discussed her love of Rihanna’s ultraviolent “Bitch Better Have My Money” video. “I know lots of people have had a big problem with this video, and the use of violence against women in pop videos can feel really disturbing, but I think this film speaks to a bigger story,” the singer said. “Rihanna is dismantling society’s idea of what a pop star should be, i.e. perfect, polished and usually white … It’s a revenge fantasy, it’s a beautiful piece of art, but it’s also a powerful statement of intent: You can’t push me around, and you can’t make me be what I want.
“I make my own decisions, good and bad, and to me, that’s what feminism is all about,” XCX added.