The Go-Go’s are one of many female acts that have yet to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the general lack of women artists in the Rock Hall was a point of discussion in a new interview.
In a new feature with Rolling Stone to promote their new Showtime documentary The Go-Go’s, Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin touched on the gender disparity that is one of the Rock Hall’s biggest points of criticism. (Currently, women account for less than 8 percent of inductees.)
Carlisle says, “I thought the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was about innovators, no matter if you like their music or not. You would think the first or only one of their kind would be recognized by an entity like that. But at the end of the day, I really could give a flying f—. I get sent the ballot to vote and every single time, I just write the Go-Go’s down and I check it off, in and out.”
Wiedlin adds, “Whether you like it or not, you can’t take away our accomplishments. So it’s a little weird. But I’ve never lost sleep over it.”
Carlisle doubles-down on her original point by saying, “I think in some ways, the Rock Hall has discredited themselves … just with the lack of women. Without going into too much detail, I think the fact that Suzi Quatro’s not in there is a disgrace. There are a lot of people who are innovators that aren’t in there, like the B-52’s, Cher, it goes on and on. It’s just, who are they anyway? At the end of the day, they’re a bunch of guys and women in a room making decisions on who’ll bring in revenue on T-shirts and beer koozies. So I don’t really care.”
The Go-Go’s premieres on Showtime tomorrow night (July 31) at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT. The trailer for the documentary can be viewed below.