To be quite honest I don't know who they are. I know of them, I believe they played rock (?) music. I must confuss, I did originally think there was just one musician whos name was Van Halen.
Jimmy Kimmel was asking Billie Eilish about artists from the 80s on his show, and while she knew most of them Run DMC, Huey Lewis and Van Halen were foreign concepts to the singer.
"You’re making me look so dumb,” she said.
“It’s not a matter of being dumb,” he responded.
“If you ask me questions about 1943, I probably wouldn’t know the answers either.”
This has since sparked a, quite frankly, odd debate on twitter.
I know u guys think that this is ok and I get it but...cmon girl it’s VAN HALEN. https://t.co/1ZJadMVW9I— Bees? (@snacks_____) December 2, 2019
honestly my heart breaks for you guys that have never heard a van halen song https://t.co/Zj8q0hUkXm— ozzy (@kelseyvanhalen) December 2, 2019
if billie eilish was a dude no one would care that she didn't know who van halen was, but she's young and a woman and successful and wears baggy clothes and defies conventional beauty standards. its like punk rock never happened you idiots— Caryn Rose (@carynrose) December 2, 2019
sorry, but we’ve found the thing more powerful than Ok Boomer: telling men you don’t know who Van Halen are— Listen to @onbeliefpod & @ongriefpodcast Li'l 🌳 (@karengeier) December 2, 2019
quite literally: every single time i have ever posted an NPR article about a female musician or a pop artist, it's gotten at least one "who??? NEVER heard of them!!!" reply from some old white dude— danny nett (@dannynett) December 2, 2019
so the reason van halen is trending right now is just…… *chef's kiss*
extremely disinterested in billie eilish not knowing who van halen is. VERY interested to know if any straight man over 40 has seen This Photograph. yes this is the same thing pic.twitter.com/D2dBzUlhWt— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) December 2, 2019
If you haven’t heard of @billieeilish, go check her out. She’s cool. If you haven’t heard of @VanHalen, go check them out. They’re cool too.— Wolf Van Halen (@WolfVanHalen) December 2, 2019
Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like.
Honestly it's exhausting just reading the comments. Here's the interview if you want a squizz!