Sky Ferreira is telling her online bullies that enough is enough…
The 21-year-old part-Brazilian singer-songwriter blasted online bullies in a recent Facebook post, defending herself against those who’ve anonymously criticized her “pop star” appearance and have been “constantly harassing” her.
“I’m exhausted of (more than some) people telling me how I should look or be if I want to be a “pop star” & how they think it’s okay to say vile & (sexually) abusive shit to me on a daily basis over the internet,” Ferreira posted on her Facebook page early Wednesday.
“I’m not only writing about myself…because almost every person has to deal with this. It’s a shame because I now feel like I can’t connect or directly speak with true fans. I’m not a mess, I’m not a drug addict, I’m not a slut or a bitch. I recently blocked someone because they were constantly harassing me & making fun of sexual abuse that happened in my past…Which I’ve publicly spoken about to hopefully help others. They came to one of my shows & my friend confronted the person. We were accused of being homophobic after. Which is absolutely insane because my friends,my family & a majority of my fans are homosexual.
“Sexuality,gender,race,& age are irrelevant to me,” Ferreira continues. “As it should be for everyone by now. Treating people like shit because you feel like shit doesn’t help anyone. If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments,please start reporting it or deleting it. I think that’s the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN. Show & spread compassion.”
Night Time, My Time, Ferreira’s acclaimed debut album, has sold 25,000 copies since its release last October, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer has been supporting the album as an opener on Miley Cyrus‘ Bangerz tour.
Called DancePad, the app features 100 levels (the first 20 are free; the entire game is $2.99) and a soundtrack that includes the music of Mayer Hawthorne, Vintage Trouble and the Bangerz.
Lopez is serving in a producer capacity on the project; and she’ll be involved in helping promote and grow the game.
“We felt there would be great overlap between her fans and this game, given that it is about music and dance,” says Moonshark CEO Matt Kozlov. “We are working with her on exciting ways to integrate the game into her tour. She also has a really well-established role in the music community. So as we add new music and new dances she is going to be instrumental in helping us bring in new content.”
The game arose from a prototype developed by some game design students at the University of Southern California.
“They had an idea for a game inspired by finger break dancing videos, which is a really charming, funny meme on YouTube where people do really cool dance moves with their hands,” says Kozlov. “It was basically finger breakdancing on your iPad. I thought it was really clever, really cute and had the potential of creating a movement in the same way that Dance Dance Revolutioncreated this movement in arcades when it came out.”
So Moonshark purchased the rights to the game from the students and let a new independent developer Triangle Studios whip it into shape.